Charles Gates Dawes: A Life is the first comprehensive biography of an American in whose fascinating story contemporary readers can follow the struggles and triumphs of early twentieth-century America and Europe.
Dawes is most known today as vice president of the United States under Calvin Coolidge, but he also distinguished himself and his hometown of Evanston, Illinois, on the world stage with the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize. This engrossing biography traces how, when the punitive armistice that ended the First World War resulted in a disabled, restive Germany, Dawes's diplomatic legerdemain averted war through a renegotiation of Germany's debt repayments.
Dawes's diplomatic and political achievements, however, were only the illustrious capstones to a multifaceted career that included military service, law, finance, and business on the local, state, national, and global stages. In every arena of his life, he combined the social graces of the Gilded Age with the spirit of service of the Progressive Era.
Despite his life of disciplined service, Dawes was an ebullient and irrepressible figure. Dawes's salty language was often colorful fodder for tabloid and magazine writers of his era. In this captivating biography, Annette B. Dunlap recounts the story of an original American who enlightened and enlivened his world.
Annette B. Dunlap is the author of Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America's Youngest First Lady and The Gambler's Daughter: A Personal and Social History.
"Annette Dunlap brings to life one of the most important figures of twentieth-century American history in this first comprehensive full-length biography. Written with verve and style, and full of new insights from untapped archives, Charles Gates Dawes: A Life will surprise scholars, impress general readers, and shed new light on how modern America came to be." --Christopher Capozzola, author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen
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