Chapter Eleven


Venturing into Politics


ALBERT LASKER called himself an “ardent Republican.”1 But with the notable exception of his early involvement in Robert B. Hawley’s successful congressional race back in Galveston, Lasker was not particularly ardent about his Republicanism as a young man. In the more than two decades since Hawley had won his congressional race, he once asserted, he had “never given any thought to politics, not bothered.”2

This wasn’t exactly true. And larger trends—as well as Lasker’s fascination with power and Big Ideas—almost ...

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