La Follette’s Autobiography
A Personal Narrative of Political Experiences
“Direct, sarcastic, savage, jutting his powerful jaw at its most defiant angle, banging home his points until his fist sometimes trickled blood, ‘Fighting Bob’ was something to behold. The essential qualities of the man are all in this blunt, belligerent, rousing autobiography.”
Written in lucid, vigorous prose, Robert La Follette’s Autobiography is the famous Wisconsin senator’s own account of his political life and philosophy. Both memoir and a history of the Progressive cause in the United States, it charts La Follette’s formative years in politics, his attempts to abolish entrenched, ruthless state and corporate influences, and his embattled efforts to advance Progressive policies as Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator.
With a new foreword by Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive—the magazine that La Follette himself founded—the Autobiography remains a powerful reminder of the legacies of Progressivism and reform and the enduring voice of the man who fought for them.
“A political testament of great worth. . . . It was, and remains, a testimonial to democracy by one of its great champions.”
—John C. Colson, Wisconsin Historical Society
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LC: 60-050989 E
362 pp. 5.5 x 8.5