Lindbergh of Minnesota

Lindbergh of Minnesota

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  • Hardback | 363 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 788g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • United States
  • Ill.M.
  • 0151524009
  • 9780151524006

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A standard, straightforward, dissertationish (Univ. of Kansas), and completely panegyrical biography of the man most notable as the sire of Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., but who was in his day an energetic and influential Minnesota lawyer and politician, an insurgent Republican and later Progressive stalwart out of the La Follette mold who battled for better government and against special interests until the end. (As Charles, Jr. remarks in his foreword, "only illness and death removed him from another gubernatorial contest"). C. A., as he was known, was the son of Swedish ?? immigrants and true American pioneers, and it is not unreasonable then that he should have derived his guiding philosophy from the land, that the old values of sweat, independence, and humanitarianism were uppermost. Personally reserved and "lawyerlike," the elder Lindbergh was a political scrapper - one eulogist called him "an untamed polar bear"; he opposed U.S. entry into World War I (just as Jr. would our involvement in World War II 25 years later) which gained him the "radical" tag and cost him the governorship of his state; he fought against the tyrannical role of Speaker Joe Cannon when he served in the Congress; he inveighed against "boss politics." Larson's history is much too accommodating - Lindbergh's fuzzy quasi-socialist economics are generally passed over and his gadfly activities inflated as the epitome of political wisdom - but this is the only full-scale assessment yet available and, until a better one comes along, it will do for the facts. (Kirkus Reviews)
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