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Author: Geoffrey Cowan Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781681680019
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Between February 24, 1912—when TR came out of political retirement to challenge William Howard Taft for the Republican Party’s nomination for president—and June 23 of that year, Roosevelt and his supporters created and benefited from 13 new presidential primaries, the first in the nation’s history. Stressing the importance of primaries, TR’s campaign theme became “the right of the people to rule.” Though Roosevelt won about 70 percent of the delegates selected by public vote, it was not enough to overcome the power of party bosses and entrenched interests. He walked out of the convention to create the Bull Moose Party but then shocked many of his strongest supporters by excluding all black delegates from the Deep South.

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About the Author

Geoffrey Cowan, president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the University of Southern California, is the best-selling author of The People v. Clarence Darrow.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.