Neither comes to mind when considering which have been the most memorable (or successful) chief executives in the nation’s history. And sadly, neither has a particularly deep field of biographies from which to choose.
The first Hayes biography I read was “Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior & President” by Ari Hoogenboom. Published in 1995, this was the first comprehensive biography of Hayes written in four decades. It proved detailed, well-researched, thoughtful and thorough. (See review here)
Written by an author sympathetic to Hayes, at both its beginning and end it attempted to convince the reader that Hayes was a far more decent and progressive chief executive than history recalls. During most of the book, however, Hoogenboom followed a facts-only style which was…
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