Wright Patman: Populism, Liberalism, the American Dream

Wright Patman: Populism, Liberalism, the American Dream❮PDF❯ ❤ Wright Patman: Populism, Liberalism, the American Dream Author Nancy Beck Young – Oaklandjobs.co.uk An assessment of Texas Congressman Wright Patman's public life Based on research it analyzes one of the 20th century's most colourful and controversial legislators showing how Patman combined populism An assessment of Texas Congressman Populism, Liberalism, ePUB ¹ Wright Patman's public life Based on research it analyzes one of the th century's most colourful and controversial legislators showing how Patman combined populism with liberalism to fashion his own vision of how best to preserve the American Dream. I was very excited in a way that few people are I realize to read a biography of one of the iconic anti monopoly figures in US history This was sorta like that I guess it would be like loving basketball and reading a biography of Michael Jordan to find that the author was interested in his golf baseball and gambling focuses Part of the problem is that this book appears to be written for a reader that has a greater fluency with monetary policy the way the Federal Reserve works and other banking issues Because despite the vast amount of time spent dissecting the ways Patman focused on the conduct of the Fed and fights over the interest rate there is very little to help the reader actually understand what that meant I don't know nearly as much about Patman as the author but the author seems to believe Wright's unwavering focus on restoring local power by ensuring strong local businesses was somehow at odds with using the power of the federal government to achieve that I don't think there has to be a conflict there in fact as business grew increasingly powerful the federal government was likely the only entity that could restore a needed balance But it didn't in part because of flaws in Patman that I think the author covers well his strategy and style were conducive to raising and publicizing concerns that enacting fixes to problemsI'm very glad to have read this book and I learned a lot it is interesting to read a history of so many decades from the eyes of one particular person I'm just disappointed it wasn't the book I hoped it would be I am far interested in Patman's efforts to ensure competitive markets than his fed feud but then I think Patman probably would tell me that his Fed focus was important than I realizeI should also say that this book was very hard to find Thank you academic libraries Patman was one of the longest serving congressmembers in the American history 47 years but known as the acerbic critic of the Federal Reserve system eastern based US banks and the leaving behind of rural America by the industrial economy Interested in learning about mavericks who have challenged the modern Congress and whose prescient views on Democrats abandoning populism have been borne out Patman is one of the most important and this is the only biography of him The author suggests that Patman was largely unsuccessful because he was adept at giving voice to problems and villains than building solutions Probably this gives Patman short shrift as the very shedding of light on the corporate colossuses he provided for nearly half a century was better than nearly all of his colleagues then and now can be bothered to muster Inside baseball but it's fascinating and disheartening to read about the utter and complete domination by the House Banking Committee by financial interests Not much has changed illustrating that Patman was onto something Interestingly Patman was sacked from his chairmanship by the Watergate class of 1974 who viewed him as too old and in disregarding his service and populist intuition far different from his contemporary autocratic chairmen threw the baby with the bathwater but with the the combined support of my corporate friendly Democrats who themselves heralded the change in the Democratic Party beginning then in the mid 1970s I came here in part because of Matt Stoller's admiration and discussion of Patman Given the rarity of his perspective in Congress in the last century and the far sightedness of Patman's views Patman seems important to emulate But unfortunately he gets weak treatment hereI can't help but compare this biography to a favorite John Jacobs's masterful treatment of Phil Burton Burton was a later contemporary of Patman and like Patman was an iconoclast whose entire life was dedicated to tearing down unfair institutions But Burton achieved successes than Patman because he was political operational and able to forge coalitions among his disparate colleagues while Patman shouted at the moon This study itself can't compete with Jacobs because the author lacks the storytelling ability and textual understanding of Congress that she can translate to laymen The book is chronologically disorganized and dives far too deep into difficult financial minutia without any explanation It is mostly a hard slog There is no doubt that the material of Patman's life and career are rich and could be mined far better in able hands While anyone mine that material of a forgotten congressmen elected in 1928? Sadly not

Wright Patman: Populism, Liberalism, the American Dream
  • Hardcover
  • 472 pages
  • Wright Patman: Populism, Liberalism, the American Dream
  • Nancy Beck Young
  • English
  • 16 January 2015
  • 9780870744532