Books: Four-Part Disharmony

A brisk tale of how a bruising presidential race changed the major U.S. political parties forever

"The limitation of governmental power," said Theodore Roosevelt, "means the enslavement of the people by the great corporations." Theodore Roosevelt? They don't make Republicans the way they used to. As President, Roosevelt pursued a bellicose foreign policy but an increasingly liberal policy at home, one less beholden to business interests and friendlier to workers and the environment than the conservative wing of his party would have liked. After he left the White House, he was increasingly disappointed by the rightward drift of his handpicked successor, William Howard Taft. Before Taft's first term was up, Roosevelt was ready to challenge him for...

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