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    For any historian, humanizing the past is among the most difficult of tasks, and it is much to the credit of Doris Kearns Goodwin that she has succeeded to such a marked degree with her successive assessments of powerful leaders.

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    Let your imagination run wild: What if President William Howard Taft suddenly disappeared nearly 100 years ago on his way out the White House door and was resurrected (as certified by scientists) in 2012?

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  • In this 1912 black-and-white file photo, President William Howard Taft is seen throwing out the first ball on opening day for baseball, to start the season for the Washington Senators in Washington. A hundred years ago, a portly right-hander, President Taft threw out the first pitch at a Washington Senators game, a weak lob from the stands to the great Walter Johnson. On Monday, the Nationals bring in the left-hander President Barack Obama. (AP Photo, File)

    HELLER: Opening Day's unique place in D.C. history

    The 27th president of the United States had just finished trying to placate a passel of angry suffragettes at the White House. With an empty afternoon stretching ahead, William Howard Taft turned to an aide and said, "Let's go to the ballgame."

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    Theodore Roosevelt - one of the few presidents to captivate people almost a century after his death - embodied the phrase "collection of contradictions." He was, for example, cerebral and athletic, as well as both radical and conservative. Edmund Morris has spent much of his professional career trying to figure out and explain this paradoxical president.

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    BOOKS: 'The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War'

    Ostensibly an account of a grand diplomatic mission headed by Secretary of War (and future president) William Howard Taft, who was dispatched to Asia in 1905 by President Roosevelt, this book is actually a hatchet job on Taft and, worse, on the United States and its development as a global power.

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  • On this date in 1911, President William Howard Taft announced he would veto the joint resolution of Congress providing statehood for Arizona because the proposed state constitution allowed for the recall of judges.

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  • With an empty afternoon stretching ahead, William Howard Taft turned to an aide and said, "Let's go to the ballgame."

    HELLER: Opening Day's unique place in D.C. history →

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