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John Arthur Garraty (1920–2007)

Autor/a de The Columbia History of the World

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John Garraty wrote more than a dozen books on American history-both textbooks and biographies of well-known Americans. Garraty also wrote several books for young adult readers; among them are one about Woodrow Wilson and another about the Great Depression. He died in 2007 in Sag Harbor, New York.

Obres de John Arthur Garraty

The Columbia History of the World (1972) 690 exemplars
The Reader's Companion to American History (1991) — Editor — 547 exemplars
Quarrels That Have Shaped the Constitution (1964) — Editor — 175 exemplars
The New Commonwealth, 1877-1890 (1968) 60 exemplars
The Great Depression (1986) 47 exemplars
Words that made American history; selected readings (1997) — Editor — 27 exemplars
The Unforgettable Americans (2009) 22 exemplars
The Nature of Biography (1957) 18 exemplars
Woodrow Wilson (1956) 12 exemplars
Henry Cabot Lodge: A Biography (1953) 12 exemplars
Words That Made American History Since the Civil War (1965) — Joint Ed. — 10 exemplars
The Story of America (1992) 9 exemplars
Storia del mondo 3 exemplars
The Story of America 1991 (1991) 3 exemplars
Silas Wright (1949) 2 exemplars
Is the world our campus? (1960) 1 exemplars
Hacia el mundo moderno (1981) 1 exemplars
2: Eta moderna 1 exemplars
Historia universal (1981) 1 exemplars
The story of America (1992) 1 exemplars
2: Età moderna 1 exemplars
The Modern World Volume III (1972) — Editor — 1 exemplars

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Garraty, John Arthur
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Lloc de defunció
Sag Harbor, New York, USA
Brooklyn College
Columbia University
Columbia University



From Daniel Webster to Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts has a storied tradition of electing United States senators who enjoy an outsized presence on the national stage. One of the most prominent among this group is Henry Cabot Lodge, the Boston Brahmin who over the course of his three decades in the Senate exercised a profound and enduring influence on both national and international events. Drawing upon Lodge’s personal papers and the records left by his contemporaries, John A. Garraty pushes past the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding Lodge to better understand the man and his legacy as a politician.

Garraty begins his book by recounting Lodge’s early years. The son of a prominent upper-class family, he enjoyed a privileged childhood and an elite education in which he earned both a legal degree and a Ph.D in history and government. Though initially an academic, he soon gravitated towards public office and was a rising star in Massachusetts politics in the 1870s and 1880s. These were formative years for the budding politician, during which time Lodge took up the cause of civil service reform and campaigned against the corruption of the Grant administration. Yet by the early 1880s Lodge had abandoned his flirtation with party heterodoxy and became a committed party man, a stance he would maintain for the rest of his long political career.

Lodge enjoyed a rapid ascent in politics due to his wealth and his social connections, winning a seat in the House of Representatives in 1886 that he would hold until his election to the Senate in 1892. His ascent in Congress coincided with the growing importance of foreign affairs in national politics, a subject dear to Lodge. An advocate of both a stronger navy and intervention in Cuba, he emerged as a leading supporter of American expansion abroad, a stance he shared with his good friend Theodore Roosevelt. Their relationship receives considerable attention throughout Garraty’s book, as he shows how the two men personally remained close even after Roosevelt’s bolt from the Republican Party in 1912 put the two friends at political odds with one another.

Yet the attention Garraty gives to Lodge’s friendship with Roosevelt pales before that of the space devoted to Lodge’s clashes with Woodrow Wilson. These chapters take up nearly a quarter of the book, describing an epic political confrontation between the two men colored by a high degree of personal hostility. This conflict culminated in an epic fight over the Versailles Treaty and the League of Nations, the legislative battle over which Garraty recounts in considerable detail. Here he demonstrates that the outcome was not a foregone conclusion, and was decided as much by the personal qualities of the men involved as much as they were the broader issues at stake. Though Lodge emerged the victor in the sense that the treaty to which he objected failed to win ratification, it proved the climax of his career, as his influence faded with the return of the Republicans to the White House just three years before his death in 1924.

Ever since it was first published in 1953 Garraty’s book had stood as the definitive biography of Lodge, and it’s difficult to imagine how it could be bettered. The author’s coverage of Lodge’s career is thorough in its scope and penetrating in its analysis, pushing through his subject’s justifications and dissembling to provide an understanding of Lodge that is both critical and fair. Though some subjects could have been explored in greater detail (such as Lodge’s views of Roosevelt’s domestic policies as president), it remains the best book about Lodge’s life and career, one that endures thanks to Garraty’s solid scholarship and perceptive assessments of his subject.
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MacDad | Mar 28, 2020 |
A fascinating book. A bit frightening also.
TanyaRead | Jun 3, 2018 |
This is an entertaining book, and it will teach you a few things, but like nearly all such lists it grows a bit tedious.
datrappert | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Nov 30, 2013 |



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