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By Julian M. Pleasants

ISBN-10: 0807850640

ISBN-13: 9780807850640

ISBN-10: 0807879088

ISBN-13: 9780807879085

Robert Rice Reynolds (1884-1963), U.S. senator from North Carolina from 1933 to 1945, used to be the most eccentric politicians in American historical past. His travels, his 5 marriages, his public pretend pas, and his flamboyant campaigns supplied years of enjoyment for his parts. This political biography rescues Reynolds from his cartoon-character acceptance, notwithstanding, by means of explaining his political attraction and highlighting his actual contributions with out overlooking his flaws.

Julian Pleasants argues that Reynolds needs to be understood within the context of Depression-era North Carolina. He capitalized at the discontent of the poverty-stricken decrease type by way of campaigning in tattered outfits whereas using a ramshackle version T--a sharp distinction to his filthy rich, chauffeur-driven opponent, incumbent senator Cam Morrison. In place of work, Reynolds supported Roosevelt's New Deal. even if he was once no longer pro-Nazi, his isolationist stance and his organization with virulent right-wingers enraged his components and finally resulted in his withdrawal from politics.

Pleasants finds Reynolds to be a showman of the 1st order, a talented practitioner of sophistication politics, and a distinct southern politician--the just one who preferred the recent Deal whereas advocating isolationist views.

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