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Righteous Pilgrim: The Life and Times of Harold L. Ickes, 1874-1952

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  5 reviews
An enormously readable yet impeccably researched biography of FDR's most visible (and volatile) New Dealer--a man whose life spanned the closing of the frontier and the opening of the American Imperium. Black-and-white photographs.
Hardcover, 1010 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Henry Holt & Company (first published August 1990)
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Aaron Million
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Don't let the length or the weight of this biography deter you: T.H. Watkins has written an eminently readable, frequently entertaining, and highly informative book about the life of Harold Ickes. Granted, Watkins had much to work with as Ickes' personality was pugnacious, caustic, deceiving, and, most of all, human. The man had a long career in politics, culminating with being Secretary of the Interior for just a month shy of thirteen years – all through the long presidency of Franklin Roosevel ...more
Jonathan Sieg
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweeping, detailed, deeply compelling and well written biography of a fascinating man living in a fascinating era.

From hard youth and hard earned education, to the heady days of the Bull Moose party, to the frustration of life as a progressive during the 1920s, through his role in the New Deal and WW2, this is an incredibly interesting book.

Ickes comes across as flawed but passionate, idealistic, and ferociously committed to our nation's best principles. (If often controlled by his temper an
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Bruce
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harold L. Ickes by force of his waspish personality was one of the most visible of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Cabinet members. If Ickes were alive today he'd be a great commentator on one of the
major news networks, most assuredly though not Fox.

Born in Pennsylvania, Ickes made his fame and fortune as a muckraking journalist for three decades
in Chicago. He registered as a Republican in deference to the party of Lincoln, but wore party regularity as lightly as you can. His early concerns were mostly
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Dirk
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
A well-researched and insightful look into the life and political evolution of one to the earliest progressives.
Talmadge Walker
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Voluminous but very readable biography of FDR's Secretary of the Interior, halos, warts and all.
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