Newton D Baker A Biography Author:C. H. Cramer Newton D. Baker, Secretary of War during World War I, has remained one of the dark horses of American politics. Warm, likeable, and trustworthy, he was at the same time enigmatic, reserved, and shy--revealing himself in incisive epigrams rather than full explanations. Violent criticism has all to often obscured the nature of the man, and as Bake... more »r wistfully remarked, his enemies saw him as a "harsh, unjust, arbitrary, soft-hearted, mild, easy-going tyrant."
There were paradoxical qualities to his character. He was in the words of his critics, a "chattering ex-pacifist," yet he served as Secretary of War. He was an upright man, yet he defended Jake the Barber Factor. He was a man of small political ambition, yet Walter Lippman found him the inevitable presidential choice prior to the exciting Democratic convention of 1932. He was, as Yale University put it, in making him an honorary Doctor of Laws, "an idealist with a disproportionate amount of common sense."
The high point of Baker's life was undoubtledly his five years as Secretary of War from 1916 to 1920. Never before had America been engaged in a military venture of such vast proportions and this book provides many fresh and fascinating insights in the economic, social, and military problems that faced the nation in World War I Here are the generals, such as Pershing and Wood; here are the Congressman, such as Champ Ckark and Harry Flood; and here are the cabinet members, such as Josephus Daniels and William MacAdoo-- painted in forceful vignettes at a time of great crisis.
For it was Baker's privilege to be associated with great men at great times. Theodore Roosevlet, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and many others play roles in his story. A scholar in politics, a ploitician in an era of turbulence, Newton D. Baker emerges in the pages of the fascinating and unusual statesmen of the twentieth century.
The author,C. H. Cramer, is Dean of Adelbert College of Western Reserve University. He has written a book based upon the fullest possible research among offical documents and Baker's public and private papers, many of which have never been examined before. As a result, this biography offers many original and intimate insights in the course of recent American history and the men who shaped it.
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