"The mugwumps have won praise from historians who accepted their strictures against late nineteenth-century society. This book challenges both that indictment of society and mugwump beliefs. Scholars can no longer laud 'independents' for opposing alleged corruption without recognizing that they hated coalition party government in a pluralistic society and that they were elitists who bitterly opposed the democratizing tendencies of their time.... Sproat writes with pungent clarity, and his work is well organized around original research; it is an outstanding book and a welcome addition to the current re-examination of the Gilded Age." - H. Wayne Morgan, American Historical Review
"It is doubtful if the 'snivel service reformers' of the Gilded Age have ever had a more thorough roasting than John G. Sproat has given them in his excellent... book, significantly named 'The Best Men.' It is disconcerting to reflect that the Liberal Republicans, mordant in wit as many of them were, might not understand were they now alive, that Professor Sproat is teasing them in his title with a phrase they loved to use to describe themselves.... 'The Best Men' is required reading for the Gilded Age, an elegantly conceived and beautifully written book, a fine addition to nineteenth-century historiography." - Willie Lee Rose, Journal of Southern History
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Book Description Univ of Chicago Pr (Tx), 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110226769909
Book Description Univ of Chicago Pr (Tx), 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0226769909