To listen to Jim Packard interview author Nancy Unger on the Wisconsin Public Radio's "Larry Meiller Show," click this link. This program originally aired on Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 11:45am.
"Unger's critical biography hints that today's America desperately needs democratic, grassroots-oriented politicians of high caliber like La Follette." "Library Journal"
"In our time of mediocre and timid political leadership, it is good to have a book that reminds us of the unique political courage of Bob La Follette." Howard Zinn, historian
"This new biography ... elegantly weaves together the story of La Follette's family life with his heralded career. ... Unger's narrative is riveting. ... [A] passionate, engaging and scholarly study." "Publishers Weekly"
"[Nancy C. Unger] ... comes closer to saying `the right thing' about this charismatic and enigmatic Midwesterner that any of her predecessors, by both penetrating to the core of his identity and by assessing his proper historical identity." "The Annals of Iowa"
"With this much-needed biography of the Wisconsin firebrand, Nancy C. Unger has filled a void in the literature of Progressivism by reminding readers of La Follette's vital contribution to twentieth-century social, economic, and political reform." "Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography"
"As a study of one man's attempt to transform the system, this biography will appeal not only to history and biography buffs, but to every American who is concerned about the future of the nation." "Rocky Mount Telegram"
"Nancy C. Unger's biography gives us a survey of the public life and private struggles of this flawed giant, who, in many ways, is a case study of the strengths and weaknesses of charismatic moral leadership." "American Historical Review"
"You can't help coming away from this book convinced that all too little has changed in the 100 years or so since the La Follette era." "The Capital Times"
"The ideas of La Follette and his fellow progressives are our best hope for countering the reactionary and destructive forces that threaten to dissolve this fragile experiment in self-government which has so much to offer and has so far yet to go." Bill Moyers, PBS Host and author of "Moyers on Democracy"
"Nancy Unger has produced a fascinating, insightful, and persuasive portrait of Wisconsin's 'Little Giant.' She ... penetrates into his mind and character." John Milton Cooper Jr., Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of "The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt"