“The most influential speaker of the House most people have never heard of…Reed makes for good copy…Grant has managed to rescue Reed from oblivion and to capture the raucous political atmosphere in which Reed did battle” (Jonathan Karl, The Wall Street Journal).
James Grant’s enthralling biography of Thomas B. Reed, Speaker of the House during one of the most turbulent times in American history—the decades before the ascension of reformer President Theodore Roosevelt—brings to life one of the brightest, wittiest, and most consequential political stars in our history, a man who changed forever the way the House of Representatives does its business by reforming the misuse of the filibuster.
James Grant is the founder of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, a leading journal on financial markets, which he has published since 1983. He is the author of seven books covering both financial history and biography. Grant’s journalism has been featured in Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, Jim Lehrer’s News Hour, and CBS Evening News.
“The most influential speaker of the House most people have never heard of . . . Reed makes for good copy . . . Grant has managed to rescue Reed from oblivion and to capture the raucous political atmosphere in which Reed did battle.”
--The Wall Street Journal
“Timely and entertaining. . . . John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mich McConnell should make Mr. Speaker! mandatory reading.”
-- The Sunday Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
“Rollicking…. [a] droll, urbane narrative…. A lively, opinionated, and timely study of irresponsible politics grappling with a dire economy…. Grant's Reed encapsulates a political era that is the mirror image of our own.”
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“It is good to have this excellent biography of Thomas Reed, a vastly underappreciated major figure in American political history. But it is especially worthwhile reading about him right now, because his era has so many similarities – maybe too many – with our own tumultuous and dysfunctional times.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“A winning new biography. . . . After his death, oblivion overtook Reed quite quickly. Grant has helped restore him to his rightful place among the giants of the House.”
“Astute. . . . Grant is excellent in explaining how Reed could be a man of principle but also a practical politician.”