A Compassionate Conservative

A Compassionate Conservative : A Political Biography of Joseph W.Martin, Jr., Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

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In this, the first full-length, scholarly examination of Martin's career readers will encounter a devoted public servant who often modified his party's extreme stances on domestic matters during the Great Depression and on foreign policy issues leading up to World War II. This political biography effectively illustrates that bipartisanship does not mean abandonment of principles, that kindness, integrity, and gentility are compatible with effective leadership, and that close friendships with members of the opposing party can contribute to a more effective Congress.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 139.7 x 228.6 x 33mm | 612.36g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739106767
  • 9780739106761

About James J. Kenneally

James J. Kenneally is Professor Emeritus of history at Stonehill College. He is the author of several books on gender in American history.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 "Drifting Farther and Farther into Politics" Chapter 2 "At the Eye of the Hurricane" Chapter 3 "Often... Like Cobra and Mongoose" Chapter 4 "The Speaker... Grand Strategist and Guiding Spirit" Chapter 5 "Communist Menace... More Alarming than... Hitler Menace" Chapter 6 "[Republicans] Shedding the Psychology of Opposition" Chapter 7 "Minority Leader: Meanest Job in the World" Chapter 8 "The Sting of Ingratitude"show more

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