Robert W. Cherny is Professor Emeritus of History at San Francisco State University. He is the author of Populism, Progressivism, and the Transformation of Nebraska Politics, 1885-1915, American Politics in the Gilded Age, 1868-1900 and coauthor of Competing Visions: A History of California and Making America: A History of the United States.
"A succinct study in which the author combines a knowledge of the standard works in the field with original research and new insights and analysis. . . . His book is a serious and intelligent one that students, scholars, and a general public can read with pleasure and profit."--Martin Ridge, Annals of Iowa
"The best short biography of Bryan. . . . Cherny's treatment of Bryan and Darrow at the Scopes trial is fair, and his concluding chapter, 'Evaluating a Crusader, ' is very well balanced."--Ferenc M. Szasz, Ohio History
"Cherny has traced Bryan's life in short compass and in a fashion that works well for the student and general reader."--R. Hal Williams, Western Historical Quarterly