American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace

American Dreamer A Life of Henry A Wallace The great politician agriculturalist economist author and businessman loved and reviled and finally now revealed The first full biography of Henry A Wallace a visionary intellectual and one of t

  • Title: American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace
  • Author: John C. Culver John Hyde
  • ISBN: 9780393322286
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • The great politician, agriculturalist, economist, author, and businessman loved and reviled, and finally now revealed The first full biography of Henry A Wallace, a visionary intellectual and one of this century s most important and controversial figures Henry Agard Wallace was a geneticist of international renown, a prolific author, a groundbreaking economist, and a buThe great politician, agriculturalist, economist, author, and businessman loved and reviled, and finally now revealed The first full biography of Henry A Wallace, a visionary intellectual and one of this century s most important and controversial figures Henry Agard Wallace was a geneticist of international renown, a prolific author, a groundbreaking economist, and a businessman whose company paved the way for a worldwide agricultural revolution He also held two cabinet posts, served four tumultuous years as America s wartime vice president under FDR, and waged a quixotic campaign for president in 1948 Wallace was a figure of Sphinx like paradox a shy man, uncomfortable in the world of politics, who only narrowly missed becoming president of the United States the scion of prominent Midwestern Republicans and the philosophical voice of New Deal liberalism loved by millions as the Prophet of the Common Man, and reviled by millions as a dangerous, misguided radical John C Culver and John Hyde have combed through thousands of document pages and family papers, from Wallace s letters and diaries to previously unavailable files sealed within the archives of the Soviet Union Here is the remarkable story of an authentic American dreamer A Washington Post Best Book of the Year 32 pages of b w photographs A careful, readable, sympathetic but commendably dispassionate biography Arthur Schlesinger, Jr Los Angeles Times Book Review In this masterly work, Culver and Hyde have captured one of the fascinating figures in American history Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of No Ordinary Time Wonderfully researched and very well written indispensable document on both the man and the time John Kenneth Galbraith A fascinating, thoughtful, incisive, and well researched life of the mysterious and complicated figure who might have become president Michael Beschloss, author of Taking Charge The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963 1964 This is a great book about a great man I can t recall when if ever I ve read a better biography George McGovern A lucid and sympathetic portrait of a fascinating character Wallace s life reminds us of a time when ideas really mattered Evan Thomas, author of The Very Best Men The Early Years of the CIA Everyone interested in twentieth century American history will want to read this book Robert Dallek, author of Flawed Giant T he most balanced, complete, and readable account Walter LaFeber, author of Inevitable Revolutions At long last a lucid, balanced and judicious narrative of Henry Wallacea first rate biography Douglas Brinkley, author of The Unfinished Presidency A fine contribution to twentieth century American history James MacGregor Burns, author of Dead Center Clinton Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation E minently readablea captivating chronicle of American politics from the Depression through the 1960s Senator Edward M Kennedy A formidable achievement an engrossing account Kai Bird, author of The Color of Truth McGeorge Bundy William Bundy, Brothers in Arms Many perceptions of Henry Wallace, not always favorable, will forever be changed Dale Bumpers, former US Senator, Arkansas

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    1. I loved this book and have posted this to Face Book.This man is one of the most important men of recent past you may not have ever heard.Henry A Wallace former VP of the USA. One of the most important Liberals you have most likely never heard.His definition of a Liberal in 1953 the year I was born is quite informative."To me a liberal is one who believes in using in a non-violent, tolerant and democratic way the forces of education, publicity, politics, economics, business, law and religion to d [...]

    2. If you've ever sat around wondering about the dismal state of progressive politics in the U.S the biography of Henry Agard Wallace provides an enlightening walk through 20th century American political history and the New Deal. It does much to explain the patterns of political life in which we seem locked.It would be tempting to think of a book that tells the American story from the perspective of the Vice President during the third Roosevelt Administration as akin to "the story of the Presidency [...]

    3. Henry Wallace changed the world. Had FDR died about six months earlier, it might have been a revolution.Our 33rd Vice President was born into farming royalty. Earnest from his earliest days, young Wallace would spend his days experimenting with plants and crops. He played with few other children, but struck up a friendship with Iowa State graduate George Washington Carver. As the farming prodigy continued his development, Henry's grandfather started an agricultural publication called Wallace's F [...]

    4. It’s fascinating to wonder what the world might have been like had Henry Wallace become president of the United States. No Cold War perhaps, no arms race with the Russians, no domino theories to defend against global Communism, no Korean War nor Bay of Pigs debacles, no need to engage in the disastrous Vietnam War. No segregation. There’d certainly be no need for a wall between the US and Mexico.Wallace was undone in a shameful night of chicanery at the 1944 Democratic Convention which opene [...]

    5. One of the most enjoyable and satisfying ways to read history is through biographies. In biographies we get to know a person intimately: we read their mail, learn their likes and dislikes, discover their strengths and weaknesses, share their ideas, revel in their accomplishments, and empathize with their failures. Biographies are one historical genre where straightforward storytelling is still the norm. And stories that biographies tell, unlike many historical tales, have a clearly defined begin [...]

    6. I'm glad I waited until the current moment to read this masterful biography, because Henry Wallace represents all that could be great about American politics - as Hubert Humphrey eulogized him he was a learned man, a passionate man, and a forward thinker, but most importantly he was simply a good person. I delighted in parts of this biography; there were so many moments where Wallace just burst free from the text fully formed. This is due both to the skill of John Culver and John Hyde, but also [...]

    7. Why had I never heard of Henry Wallace? He was amazing. Wallace was a scientific farmer from Iowa who was instrumental in greatly increasing agricultural yields through hybrid corn and breeding of chickens, corn, and other crops. As Secretary of Agriculture under FDR, Wallace introduced production controls for price stabilization, food stamps, and school lunch programs. As VP in FDR's third term, he spoke against fascism and the genetic idea of an aryan race. He constantly argued for finding way [...]

    8. [Reviewed in 2001]An unjustly neglected figure in American political history, Henry A. Wallace (1888-1965) is usually remembered—if at all—in vague terms as a hapless footnote to the 1948 national election between President Harry S. Truman and Thomas E. Dewey. As the presidential candidate of the Progressive Party, Wallace was vilified as a third-party spoiler and a Communist dupe, charges that hung in the air for decades and contributed to his marginalized legacy. Two events during the 2000 [...]

    9. Henry Wallace was an incredible person. He introduced hybrid corn to the American farmer and founded Pioneer Hi-Bred. He passionately worked in agronomy, developing new genetic lines of plants and chickens. At one point, one out of every three eggs eaten was from a chicken descended from one of Henry Wallace's. He is also credited with being the father of the green revolution. On top of all that, he was Secretary of Agriculture, Vice President, and even Commerce Secretary. He was an avid New Dea [...]

    10. “Even a quarter century after Wallace’s death, descendants of his chickens are laying one of every three eggs eaten by Americans. Worldwide the figure approached 50%.” Henry A. Wallace was a scientist who saw that corn need constant care to survive, and that without human intervention “corn as we know it would survive only a few years.” HAW changed corn growing because previously corn was grown for looks and Henry thought “What’s looks to a hog?” and began growing for yield. His [...]

    11. Forgotten history. Important/extraordinary person. Amazingly thorough account- "It was Wallace's fate to be often regarded as a dreamer when actually he was only seeing in his pragmatic realistic way some of the shapes of things to come, and more often than not he was right."

    12. At a time of overheated partisanship and widespread cynicism about the American political project, I have often asked myself: Is it even possible for men of conscience to make a difference? After reading American Dreamer, I had to soften my outlook slightly and say it is, or was, if only for the truly exceptional and for the briefest of periods.I became interested in Henry Wallace after watching an Oliver Stone TV program depicting an alternate, "untold" history of the United States in the 20th [...]

    13. Largely forgotten from history, Henry Wallace, both a deeply religious and scientific thinker, was easily one of the most curious characters to come within a heartbeat of the presidency. FDR's pick as Secretary of Agriculture in 1932, Wallace became one of the most forceful defenders of the New Deal, transforming the nations' farm policies in dramatic fashion and ushering in many of the positive changes like the "ever-normal granary" that still exist today. As FDR's VP in 1940 to 1944, his views [...]

    14. Henry Wallace was perhaps the most important person in the 20th century transformation of agriculture. He was a founder of Pioneer Hi-bred, a leader in the development of hybrid corn and the scientific breeding of chickens. He helped support FDR in the mid west farming areas, and served as the Secretary of Agriculture in the first two of Roosevelt's terms of office -- perhaps the most important Secretary of Agriculture in America's history. He was Vice President in Roosevelt's third term, and Se [...]

    15. Henry Wallace was a farmer, a scientist, a genius, an ardent New Dealer, a vice president and a doomed third-party candidate for the highest office. This book is a great biography of him. It also gave me a good picture of rural early-20th century America that I enjoyed as much as the accounts of Wallace's quixotic political struggles. In the end, Wallace did what Voltaire recommended so many years ago: He tended to his own garden, after years of setbacks:"Life on the farm was looking more and mo [...]

    16. A very good one-volume biography that mainly tracks Wallace's political career, though with due acknowledgement of his scientific/agricultural career as well. Rather straightforward in its acknowledgment of Wallace's strong convictions, the authors do not offer much in the way of digging into Wallace's ideas -- either what they were or where they came from. That is too bad, as Wallace was an important figure in shaping the philosophy (and not just the praxis ) of the New Deal and carried forward [...]

    17. Wow! An amazing account of an amazing man: Henry A. Wallace farmer, agronomist, genetecist, statistician, editor, Agriculture Secretary, Vice President of The United States, Commerce Secretary, Progressice Party candidate for President, visionary and humanitarian. Culver smartly recounts the life and career of Wallace with particular attention to his betrayal by FDR at tne 1944 Democratic National Convention (ironically held in Chicago where the Dems will never convene again if they have any sen [...]

    18. A fascinating book about a man, his hybrid corn, and his liberal politics. His legacy was tarnished by the Red Scare, but deserves a reexamination. At the end of the book, the authors refer to Wallace as having led a "robustly unquiet life". I think that's a pretty good goal to shoot for.

    19. I'm glad I read this book. Glad to have my ignorance of this extraordinary man and his career remedied. The authors supplied the right amount of information about the historical context of Wallace's time and service. Well-written and worthwhile.

    20. Who really can say a lot about this guy? He was responsible for the corn hybrids that grow everywhere. He was Secretary of Agriculture and VP under Roosevelt and later Commerce Secretary under Truman. A hard-fighting gentleman of the people and dedicated to farmers. Great read

    21. Absolutely absorbing biography on a fascinating man. The section covering his tenure as Secretary of the Dept. of Agriculture was disappointingly (& surprisingly) weak, but the rest of the bio more than made up for it.

    22. Although including this book and the Studs Terkel probably nails me down as a hopeless lefty, it's one of my favorite explorations of mid twentieth century history.

    23. Enjoyable biography of a real renaissance man: farmer, scientist, publisher, politician, businessman, mystic.

    24. I finished it before the end of the year!!I was intrigued to read more about Henry Wallace after learning a bit about him in a documentary and this book didn't disappointlong but interesting read!

    25. A comprehensive look at an Iowan of international notoriety. For those who don't know him, you should read this book. For those who do, it delves into his life in depth.

    26. This is one of the best biographies I have ever read. If you enjoy biographies and/or American political history, then do not miss this book. Highly recommended!

    27. Very inspirational and therefore frustrating. But I think anyone interested in our future, politically, would benefit from a look into this gentleman's life working under FDR.

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