FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer" Now Out in Paperback
The Wisconsin Historical Society announces the release of "Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer" (ISBN: 978-0-87020-426-5; $22.95) by historian Nancy C. Unger. Now in paperback, with updates and a new preface, this comprehensive biography tells the story of this uncompromising champion of progressivism and his impact on reform in the United States. Ideal for faculty looking for a lively, readable way to present the fascinating personalities, politics and social movements of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, this book is available for course adoption.
Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette became governor of Wisconsin in 1900, and in less than six years time, led the state to the forefront of the nation's burgeoning progressive reform movement. The La Follette who emerges from this story is of an imperfect but appealing man who deserves to be remembered as one of the United States' most devoted and effective politicians. In fact, Unger argues in her new preface, that in light of current crises and struggles, La Follette and his fellow progressives are more relevant and instructive than ever.
Unger integrates previously unknown details from La Follette's personal life with important events from his storied political career, including his relationship with his remarkable and accomplished wife, Belle Case La Follette, and with his sons who both succeeded him in politics. Of "Fighting Bob La Follette," "The New York Times" says "La Follette manages to leap from its pages."
Media: For review copies of the book, or author or book photos, please contact Melanie Roth, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706; (608) 264-6465; email: email@example.com.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing since 1855, is the state's oldest publisher.