The Lessons of Defeat

A Godly Hero

The Life of William Jennings Bryan

Michael Kazin

Alfred A. Knopf, $30, 374 pp.


It is perhaps some measure of the current desperation of American liberals that an obviously talented historian would recommend for their attention the career of William Jennings Bryan-a three-time political loser, vigorous advocate of Prohibition, and equally vigorous opponent of the theory of evolution. When Bryan, a reform Democrat who was defeated in presidential races in 1896, 1900, and 1908, died in 1925 a short time after his...

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<p class="spip" dir="ltr">Robert Westbrook is the author, most recently, of Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth (Cornell).</p>

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