Biography Discussion Group

The Biography Discussion Group will discuss William Howard Taft: The American Presidents Series: The 27th President, 1909-1913 by Jeffrey Rosen (Times Books, $26.00). Rosen reveals Taft's crucial role in shaping how America balances populism against the rule of law. Taft approached each decision as president by asking whether it comported with the Constitution, seeking to put Theodore Roosevelt's activist executive orders on firm legal grounds. But unlike Roosevelt, who thought the president could do anything the Constitution didn't forbid, Taft insisted he could do only what the Constitution explicitly allowed. This led to a dramatic breach with Roosevelt in the historic election of 1912, which Taft viewed as a crusade to defend the Constitution against the demagogic populism of Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am
Event address: 
The Bookworm
William Howard Taft: The American Presidents Series: The 27th President, 1909-1913 Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780805069549
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Published: Times Books - March 20th, 2018