John William McCormack

A Political Biography

Author: Garrison Nelson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781628925418

Category: History

Page: 848

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Before the house had Tip O'Neill, there was John McCormack. How did this man, with an eighth grade education and a false family history, become Speaker of the House of Representatives, and later next in line to be President of the United States? In this exhaustive political biography, Garrison Nelson lays out every detail of the life and work of an incredibly forceful and important American politician. The book details the roles McCormack played in the creation of Social Security and the passage of Lend-Lease, Medicare and Medicaid as well as the secret funding of the atomic bomb. The book ties together relationships, showing how this suave and secretive politician contributed to the selection of his “poker pal” Harry Truman as vice president in 1944 and in 1960, as JFK's named “floor manager,” helped orchestrate Lyndon Johnson acceptance of JFK's vice presidential invitation. This groundbreaking research examines the machinations of congress, and also takes a close look at a critical time in US history, as American erupted with conflicts over civil rights and the Vietnam War. The lessons learned in McCormack's life in office still resonate with today's political leadership, and have an impact on the legacy of the JFK Presidency, the role of congress, the shape of the Democratic party, and a powerful generation of politicians.

John William McCormack

A Political Biography

Author: Garrison Nelson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628925175

Category: History

Page: 928

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In the first biography of U.S. House Speaker John W. McCormack, author Garrison Nelson uncovers previously forgotten FBI files, birth and death records, and correspondence long thought lost or buried. For such an influential figure, McCormack tried to dismiss the past, almost erasing his legacy from the public's mind. John William McCormack: A Political Biography sheds light on the behind-the-curtain machinations of American politics and the origins of the modern-day Democratic party, facilitated through McCormack's triumphs. McCormack overcame desperate poverty and family tragedy in the Irish ghetto of South Boston to hold the second-most powerful position in the nation. By reinventing his family history to elude Irish Boston's powerful political gatekeepers, McCormack embarked on a 1928 - 1971 House career and from 1939-71, the longest house leadership career. Working with every president from Coolidge to Nixon, McCormack's social welfare agenda, which included Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, immigration reform, and civil rights legislation helped commit the nation to the welfare of its most vulnerable citizens. By helping create the Austin-Boston Connection, McCormack reshaped the Democratic Party from a regional southern white Protestant party to one that embraced urban religiously and racially diverse ethnics. A man free of prejudice, John McCormack was the Boston Brahmin's favorite Irishman, the South's favorite northerner, and known in Boston as "Rabbi John," the Jews' favorite Catholic.

John William McCormack

A Political Biography

Author: Garrison Nelson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628925183

Category: History

Page: 928

View: 4137

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In the first biography of U.S. House Speaker John W. McCormack, author Garrison Nelson uncovers previously forgotten FBI files, birth and death records, and correspondence long thought lost or buried. For such an influential figure, McCormack tried to dismiss the past, almost erasing his legacy from the public's mind. John William McCormack: A Political Biography sheds light on the behind-the-curtain machinations of American politics and the origins of the modern-day Democratic party, facilitated through McCormack's triumphs. McCormack overcame desperate poverty and family tragedy in the Irish ghetto of South Boston to hold the second-most powerful position in the nation. By reinventing his family history to elude Irish Boston's powerful political gatekeepers, McCormack embarked on a 1928 - 1971 House career and from 1939-71, the longest house leadership career. Working with every president from Coolidge to Nixon, McCormack's social welfare agenda, which included Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, immigration reform, and civil rights legislation helped commit the nation to the welfare of its most vulnerable citizens. By helping create the Austin-Boston Connection, McCormack reshaped the Democratic Party from a regional southern white Protestant party to one that embraced urban religiously and racially diverse ethnics. A man free of prejudice, John McCormack was the Boston Brahmin's favorite Irishman, the South's favorite northerner, and known in Boston as "Rabbi John," the Jews' favorite Catholic.

Cactus Jack

Author: Ovie Clark Fisher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 200

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Biography of John Nance Garner and Texas politics.

Fulbright

A Biography

Author: Randall Bennett Woods

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521482622

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 711

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A major biography of the senator from Arkansas traces his background, his education at Oxford, his role in the civil rights movement, and his influence over the Cold War as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. UP.

Speaker Jim Wright

Power, Scandal, and the Birth of Modern Politics

Author: J. Brooks Flippen

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477315144

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

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Jim Wright made his mark on virtually every major public policy issue in the later twentieth century—energy, education, taxes, transportation, environmental protection, civil rights, criminal justice, and foreign relations, among them. He played a significant role in peace initiatives in Central America and in the Camp David Accords, and he was the first American politician to speak live on Soviet television. A Democrat representing Texas’s twelfth district (Fort Worth), Wright served in the US House of Representatives from the Eisenhower administration to the presidency of George H. W. Bush, including twelve years (1977–1989) as majority leader and speaker. His long congressional ascension and sudden fall in a highly partisan ethics scandal spearheaded by Newt Gingrich mirrored the evolution of Congress as an institution. Speaker Jim Wright traces the congressman’s long life and career in a highly readable narrative grounded in extensive interviews with Wright and access to his personal diaries. A skilled connector who bridged the conservative and liberal wings of the Democratic party while forging alliances with Republicans to pass legislation, Wright ultimately fell victim to a new era of political infighting, as well as to his own hubris and mistakes. J. Brooks Flippen shows how Wright’s career shaped the political culture of Congress, from its internal rules and power structure to its growing partisanship, even as those new dynamics eventually contributed to his political demise. To understand Jim Wright in all his complexity is to understand the story of modern American politics.

The Man in the Arena

The Life and Times of U.S. Senator Gale McGee

Author: Rodger McDaniel

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1640120017

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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"Going beyond biography, McDaniel offers readers a glimpse into twentieth-century political shifts through the perspective of a liberal senator from a rural conservative state"--

Pathways to the US Supreme Court

From the Arena to the Monastery

Author: Garrison Nelson

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781137336026

Category: Law

Page: 356

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As the arbiter of the Constitution, it is presumed that the US Supreme Court decrees "the law of the land" in a fair-minded and even-handed manner. Key decisions in the Court's history have challenged these assumptions, giving way to a greater discussion about how judges are chosen, and the ideological roots from which they rule. This book explores more than two centuries of Supreme Court justice selections, tracking the Court's change from a time when consensus choices were relatively evenly divided between political leaders from "the arena," and judges from "the monastery," to a recent era fraught with controversial presidential appointees to federal positions that have yielded ideologically-influenced administrations of law.

While the Music Lasts

My Life in Politics

Author: William M. Bulger

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 328

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A powerful Massachusetts politician describes his childhood in Irish South Boston, his struggle to get an education, his colorful political career, and the inside game of politics. 35,000 first printing. Tour.

Alben Barkley

A Life in Politics

Author: James K. Libbey

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813167140

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

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Born to poor tenant farmers in a log cabin in Graves County, Kentucky, Alben Barkley (1877--1956) rose to achieve a national political stature equaled by few of his contemporaries. His memorable public career ranged from the Progressive era to the early years of the Cold War, and he witnessed or influenced many of the key events of the twentieth century. Eventually elected vice president of the United States on the ticket with Harry S. Truman in 1949, Barkley possessed a candid demeanor and social skills that helped him become one of the most popular politicians of his day. In Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics, James K. Libbey offers the first full-length biography of this larger-than-life personality, following Barkley in his transition from local politician to congressman, then senator, senate majority leader, vice president, and senator once again. A loyal Democrat, Barkley was instrumental in guiding Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs through Congress. He later took on a key role in managing domestic policy as the president became more and more immersed in World War II. Libbey also reveals Barkley's human side, from his extremely humble beginnings to his dramatic and chilling final speech at Washington and Lee University in 1956, when he said, "I would rather be a servant in the house of the Lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty," delivering the legendary quote moments before succumbing to a massive heart attack. A significant contribution to American history, this definitive biography offers a long overdue look at the "Iron Man" of politics.

Ulysses S. Grant

Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865

Author: Brooks Simpson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0760346968

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

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Many modern historians have painted Ulysses S. Grant as a butcher, a drunk, and a failure as president. Others have argued the exact opposite and portray him with saintlike levels of ethic and intellect. In Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity 1822â??1865, historian Brooks D. Simpson takes neither approach, recognizing Grant as a complex and human figure with human faults, strengths, and motivations. Simpson offers a balanced and complete study of Grant from birth to the end of the Civil War, with particular emphasis on his military career and family life and the struggles he overcame in his unlikely rise from unremarkable beginnings to his later fame as commander of the Union Army. Chosen as a New York Times Notable Book upon its original publication, Ulysses S. Grant is a readable, thoroughly researched portrait that sheds light on this controversial figure.

Pick Nick

The Political Odyssey of Nick Galifianakis from Immigrant Son to Congressman

Author: John E Semonche

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997400908

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 294

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Pick Nickis a fascinating and intimate political biography of the Congressman Nick Galifianakis who served the citizens of North Carolina in the turbulent 1960s."

The Austin-Boston Connection

Five Decades of House Democratic Leadership, 1937-1989

Author: Anthony Champagne

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603443266

Category: Electronic books

Page: 350

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For the more than fifty years that Democrats controlled the U.S. House of Representatives, leadership was divided between Massachusetts and Texas. "The Austin-Boston Connection "analyzes the importance of the friendships (especially mentor-protege relationships) and enmi-ties within congressional delegations, regional affinities, and the lynchpin practice of appointing the Democratic Whip.

The River of No Return

The Autobiography of a Black Militant and the Life and Death of SNCC

Author: Cleveland Sellers,Robert L. Terrell

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878054749

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 289

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Among histories of the civil rights movement of the 1960s there are few personal narratives better than this one. Besides being an insider's account of the rise and fall of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, it is an eyewitness report of the strategies and the conflicts in the crucial battle zones as the fight for racial justice raged across the South. This memoir by Cleveland Sellers, a SNCC volunteer, traces his zealous commitment to activism from the time of the sit-ins, demonstrations, and freedom rides in the early '60s. In a narrative encompassing the Mississippi Freedom Summer (1964), the historic march in Selma, the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, and the murders of civil rights activists in Mississippi, he recounts the turbulent history of SNCC and tells the powerful story of his own no-return dedication to the cause of civil rights and social change. The River of No Return is acclaimed as a book that is destined to become a standard text for those wishing to perceive the civil rights struggle from within the ranks of one of its key organizations and to note the divisive history of the movement as groups striving for common goals were embroiled in conflict and controversy.

Bobby Kennedy

A Raging Spirit

Author: Chris Matthews

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501111868

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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"Bobby Kennedy was a personal hero to a multitude of Americans. As the train carrying his body headed to Washington, whites and blacks alike stood along the tracks, saluting him. They loved him as a fellow patriot who believed a great country could also be a good one. Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC's Hardball, has discovered what made him who he was...Drawing on extensive research and intimate interviews, Matthews shines a light on all the important moments of Bobby's life: his upbringing, his start in politics, his crucial role fighting for civil rights as attorney general, and his tragic run for president."--Dust jacket flap.

Bonaparte

Author: Patrice Gueniffey

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674426010

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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Patrice Gueniffey, the leading French historian of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic age, takes up the epic narrative at the heart of this turbulent period: the life of Napoleon himself, from his boyhood in Corsica, to his meteoric rise during the Italian and Egyptian campaigns, to his proclamation as Consul for Life in 1802.

The Gift of Our Wounds

A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate

Author: Arno Michaelis,Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1250107547

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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The powerful story of a friendship between two men—one Sikh and one skinhead—that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate. One Sikh. One former Skinhead. Together, an unusual friendship emerged out of a desire to make a difference. When white supremacist Wade Michael Page murdered six people and wounded four in a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in 2012, Pardeep Kaleka was devastated. The temple leader, now dead, was his father. His family, who had immigrated to the U.S. from India when Pardeep was young, had done everything right. Why was this happening to him? Meanwhile, Arno Michaelis, a former skinhead and founder of one of the largest racist skinhead organizations in the world, had spent years of his life committing terrible acts in the name of white power. When he heard about the attack, waves of guilt washing over him, he knew he had to take action and fight against the very crimes he used to commit. After the Oak Creek tragedy, Arno and Pardeep worked together to start an organization called Serve 2 Unite, which works with students to create inclusive, compassionate and nonviolent climates in their schools and communities. Their story is one of triumph of love over hate, and of two men who breached a great divide to find compassion and forgiveness. With New York Times bestseller Robin Gaby Fisher telling Arno and Pardeep's story, The Gift of Our Wounds is a timely reminder of the strength of the human spirit, and the courage and compassion that reside within us all.

The Boston Irish

A Political History

Author: Thomas O'Connor

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 9780316626613

Category: History

Page: 384

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Settling in a city founded by the Puritans, the Boston Irish evolved into one of America's most distinctive ethnic communities and eventually came to dominate local politics. This book offers a history of Boston's Irish community.