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Young Bob
A Biography of Robert M. La Follette, Jr.
Second Edition, with a new introduction

Patrick J. Maney

"Maney has put together a tragic drama played with the cold facts of history."
—Miles McMillin, The Progressive

United States senator "Young Bob" La Follette entered politics as a young reformer in the shadow of his legendary father, "Fighting Bob" La Follette. He made his own mark as a key architect of Roosevelt’s New Deal and as a champion of labor rights and civil liberties. But in 1946 he was unexpectedly unseated by Joseph McCarthy, whose rise to Cold War notoriety foreshadowed La Follette’s despair and suicide in 1953. This new edition updates the only full scale biography of La Follette,Jr., the first to exploit his voluminous collection of personal papers. Patrick J. Maney makes clear that Young Bob’s story is as relevant today as it was when he died fifty years ago. His life stands as dramatic evidence of how one of the most respected politicians of his time bridged the political spectrum and was admired by both liberals like FDR and Harry Truman and conservatives like Robert Taft and Richard Nixon.

Patrick J. Maney
is chairman of the History Department at the University of South Carolina and the author of The Roosevelt Presence: The Life and Legacy of FDR.

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September 2002

368 pp.   6 x 9   30 b/w photos

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ISBN 978-0-87020-341-1
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ISBN 978-0-87020-340-4
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