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Mr. Speaker!: The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed the Man Who Broke the Filibuster

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James Grantand#8217;s enthralling biography of Thomas B. Reed, Speaker of the House during one of the most turbulent times in American historyand#8212;the Gilded Age, the decades before the ascension of reformer President Theodore Rooseveltand#8212;brings to life one of the brightest, wittiest, and most consequential political stars in our history. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The last decades of the nineteenth century were a volatile era of rampantly corrupt politics. It was a time of both stupendous growth and financial panic, of land bubbles and passionate and sometimes violent populist protests. Votes were openly bought and sold in a Congress paralyzed by the abuse of the House filibuster by members who refused to respond to roll call even when present, depriving the body of a quorum. Reed put an end to this stalemate, empowered the Republicans, and changed the House of Representatives for all time. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The Speakerand#8217;s beliefs in majority rule were put to the test in 1898, when the sinking of the U.S.S. andlt;Iandgt;Maine andlt;/Iandgt;in Havana Harbor set up a popular clamor for war against Spain. Reed resigned from Congress in protest. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A larger-than-life character, Reed checks every box of the ideal biographical subject. He is an important and significant figure. He changed forever the way the House of Representatives does its business. He was funny and irreverent. He is, in short, great company. and#8220;What I most admire about you, Theodore,and#8221; Reed once remarked to his earnest young protand#233;gand#233;, Teddy Roosevelt, and#8220;is your original discovery of the Ten Commandments.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;After he resigned his seat, Reed practiced law in New York. He was successful. He also found a soul mate in the legendary Mark Twain. They admired one anotherand#8217;s mordant wit. Grantand#8217;s lively and erudite narrative of this tumultuous eraand#8212;the raucous late nineteenth and early twentieth centuriesand#8212;is a gripping portrait of a United States poised to burst its bounds and of the men who were defining it.

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"A progressive Republican congressional leader deserving of attention illuminates a Gilded Age political scene that seems otherwise very up-to-date in this rollicking biography. Grant (editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer and biographer of Bernard Baruch) celebrates Thomas B. Reed (1839 — 1902), who became Speaker of the House in 1890, for his embrace of civil rights and women's suffrage, his anti-imperial foreign policy leanings and razor-sharp, Twainian wit (excerpted at luxuriant length). Grant's Reed encapsulates a political era that is the mirror image of our own, an age of chronic recession, shaky currencies, brazen corruption, and legislative gridlock in which Democrats were the party of small government and Republicans the champions of big budgets and expansive federal powers. The story's climax is Reed's overturning of House quorum rules that let the minority stymie legislation, the equivalent of the Senate filibuster. Grant's droll, urbane narrative revels in absurdist House parliamentary wranglings, while his lucid exposition of contemporary debates over tariffs and the gold standard lets him soapbox for his own free-trade, hard-money predilections. The result is a lively, opinionated, and timely study of irresponsible politics grappling with a dire economy. 16 pages of b&w photos. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

James Grant’s enthralling biography of Thomas B. Reed, Speaker of the House during one of the most turbulent times in American history—the Gilded Age, the decades before the ascension of reformer President Theodore Roosevelt—brings to life one of the brightest, wittiest, and most consequential political stars in our history.

The last decades of the nineteenth century were a volatile era of rampantly corrupt politics. It was a time of both stupendous growth and financial panic, of land bubbles and passionate and sometimes violent populist protests. Votes were openly bought and sold in a Congress paralyzed by the abuse of the House filibuster by members who refused to respond to roll call even when present, depriving the body of a quorum. Reed put an end to this stalemate, empowered the Republicans, and changed the House of Representatives for all time.

The Speaker’s beliefs in majority rule were put to the test in 1898, when the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor set up a popular clamor for war against Spain. Reed resigned from Congress in protest.

A larger-than-life character, Reed checks every box of the ideal biographical subject. He is an important and significant figure. He changed forever the way the House of Representatives does its business. He was funny and irreverent. He is, in short, great company. “What I most admire about you, Theodore,” Reed once remarked to his earnest young protégé, Teddy Roosevelt, “is your original discovery of the Ten Commandments.”

After he resigned his seat, Reed practiced law in New York. He was successful. He also found a soul mate in the legendary Mark Twain. They admired one another’s mordant wit. Grant’s lively and erudite narrative of this tumultuous era—the raucous late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—is a gripping portrait of a United States poised to burst its bounds and of the men who were defining it.

Synopsis:

The volatile last decades of the 19th century are captured through the career of reform Speaker of the House Thomas Reed.

About the Author

James Grant is the founder of andlt;iandgt;Grantand#8217;s Interest Rate Observerandlt;/iandgt;, a leading journal on financial markets, which he has published since 1983. He is the author of seven books covering both financial history and biography. Grantand#8217;s journalism has been featured in andlt;iandgt;Financial Timesandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; The Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Foreign andlt;/iandgt;Affairs. He has appeared on andlt;iandgt;60 Minutesandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Jim Lehrerand#8217;s News Hourandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;CBS Evening News.andlt;/iandgt;

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416544937
Subtitle:
The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed The Man Who Broke the Filibuster
Author:
Grant, James
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20110510
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp b-w insert
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A progressive Republican congressional leader deserving of attention illuminates a Gilded Age political scene that seems otherwise very up-to-date in this rollicking biography. Grant (editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer and biographer of Bernard Baruch) celebrates Thomas B. Reed (1839 — 1902), who became Speaker of the House in 1890, for his embrace of civil rights and women's suffrage, his anti-imperial foreign policy leanings and razor-sharp, Twainian wit (excerpted at luxuriant length). Grant's Reed encapsulates a political era that is the mirror image of our own, an age of chronic recession, shaky currencies, brazen corruption, and legislative gridlock in which Democrats were the party of small government and Republicans the champions of big budgets and expansive federal powers. The story's climax is Reed's overturning of House quorum rules that let the minority stymie legislation, the equivalent of the Senate filibuster. Grant's droll, urbane narrative revels in absurdist House parliamentary wranglings, while his lucid exposition of contemporary debates over tariffs and the gold standard lets him soapbox for his own free-trade, hard-money predilections. The result is a lively, opinionated, and timely study of irresponsible politics grappling with a dire economy. 16 pages of b&w photos. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , James Grant’s enthralling biography of Thomas B. Reed, Speaker of the House during one of the most turbulent times in American history—the Gilded Age, the decades before the ascension of reformer President Theodore Roosevelt—brings to life one of the brightest, wittiest, and most consequential political stars in our history.

The last decades of the nineteenth century were a volatile era of rampantly corrupt politics. It was a time of both stupendous growth and financial panic, of land bubbles and passionate and sometimes violent populist protests. Votes were openly bought and sold in a Congress paralyzed by the abuse of the House filibuster by members who refused to respond to roll call even when present, depriving the body of a quorum. Reed put an end to this stalemate, empowered the Republicans, and changed the House of Representatives for all time.

The Speaker’s beliefs in majority rule were put to the test in 1898, when the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor set up a popular clamor for war against Spain. Reed resigned from Congress in protest.

A larger-than-life character, Reed checks every box of the ideal biographical subject. He is an important and significant figure. He changed forever the way the House of Representatives does its business. He was funny and irreverent. He is, in short, great company. “What I most admire about you, Theodore,” Reed once remarked to his earnest young protégé, Teddy Roosevelt, “is your original discovery of the Ten Commandments.”

After he resigned his seat, Reed practiced law in New York. He was successful. He also found a soul mate in the legendary Mark Twain. They admired one another’s mordant wit. Grant’s lively and erudite narrative of this tumultuous era—the raucous late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—is a gripping portrait of a United States poised to burst its bounds and of the men who were defining it.

"Synopsis" by , The volatile last decades of the 19th century are captured through the career of reform Speaker of the House Thomas Reed.
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