Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the Twentieth Century and How they Shaped Modern America
By Michael A. Cohen
Walker & Company, 562 pages, $16.99
When Barack Obama accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, he will deliver his speech the way John F. Kennedy did in 1960: in a Read More
John Edwards could have taken the Jim Webb route when NPR grilled him yesterday about his interest in reprising his role as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, but instead he said this: "I am prepared to seriously consider anything, anything he asks me to do for our country."
If Barack Read More
THE AGE OF AMERICAN UNREASON
By Susan Jacoby
Pantheon, 356 pages, $26
A few hundred pages into The Division of Labor in Society, a 1893 tract notable for its eyeball-bleeding tedium and the insouciant unfalsifiability of its categorizations, Emile Durkheim finally addresses a matter the modern reader might care to hear about: namely, Read More
A hundred years ago, there was William Jennings Bryan, an utterly unremarkable two-term Congressman who left Washington only to find fame on the Chautauqua Circuit as a lectern-pounding foe of big business, giant trusts and American imperialism.
These days, there’s John Edwards.
Like Bryan, an expert rhetorician who thrice secured the Democratic Presidential nomination, Mr. Read More
Those of us of the economic-populist persuasion generally prefer our champions to be bellicose of manner, quick oaf temper and, rhetoric-wise, red of meat. The subject fairly demands a certain sort of poetic demagogy that can quicken our pulse and stoke our passions. From William Jennings Bryan and his cross of gold to Patrick Buchanan Read More