Charles Delgadillo is a lecturer in history at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Norco College, in California.
"Charles Delgadillo has produced a full-fledged political biography of William Allen White that showcases the political power and influence of a man who never sought public office but for five decades had the ear of the nation's leaders, Democrats and Republicans alike. The author demonstrates a mastery of White's writings, including his books, newspaper articles, autobiography, and vast correspondence. Crusader for Democracy is a nuanced account of how a stubbornly provincial man nonetheless became a valued confidant and adviser to some of the most influential leaders in American history, including Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt."--Nancy C. Unger, author of Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer "Charles Delgadillo's Crusader for Democracy is the long-awaited biography of William Allen White, the famed editor of the Emporia Gazette. White was a political giant in his own right, and Delgadillo ably tells us why with clear prose, meticulous research, and absorbing analysis. Highly recommended!"--Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and author of Cronkite "Delgadillo mixes a keen eye for the historical details of William Allen White's life with old-fashioned political history and tops it off with a contemporary and urgent desire to understand the underpinnings of American politics. The book will leave all readers with a strong sense of the timelessness of many political issues, the shifting coalitions and forces that drive the political system, and the once crucial role played by the Midwest in the political past--a role that has again returned the region to the spotlight."--Jon Lauck, University of South Dakota