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Fighting Son: A Biography of Philip F. La Follette
(Publication Date: July 2006; Paperback: $22.95; ISBN: 0-87020-353-3) written by Jonathan Kasparek is the first full biography of three-term Wisconsin governor Philip La Follette.
Like his father Senator Robert La Follette, Phil's political personality was fiery, confrontational, and unwavering. Best known for launching the National Progressives of America, he has a history of innovative solutions to social problems. His efforts led to the passage of the country's first unemployment compensation act, aid programs for workers and farmers, and the reorganization of state government.
"Fighting Son" details the political journey of La Follette — from his politically charged childhood as the second son of Senator "Fighting Bob" La Follette to his abandonment of politics in 1939 to pursue his own personal crusades. The author examines La Follette's life and role in Wisconsin's progressive politics by exploring his path from political origins through public office, active duty in the Pacific, return to law practice and the end of the Progressive Era.
Jonathan Kasparek has doctorate and master's degrees in U.S. history from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a researcher and editor for the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Max Kade Institute, and the Wisconsin State Capitol historic structure report project and has published several articles in the Wisconsin Magazine of History.
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