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The Resource Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards, by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris

Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards, by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris

Label
Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards
Title
Let the people in
Title remainder
the life and times of Ann Richards
Statement of responsibility
by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Ann Richards delivered the keynote of the 1988 Democratic National Convention and mocked President George H.W. Bush--"Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth"--She instantly became a media celebrity and triggered a rivalry that would alter the course of American history. In 1990, Richards won the governorship of Texas, upsetting the GOP's colorful rancher and oilman Clayton Williams. The first ardent feminist elected to high office in America, she opened up public service to women, blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, gays, and the disabled. Her progressive achievements and the force of her personality created a lasting legacy that far transcends her rise and fall as governor of Texas. In Let the People In, Jan Reid draws on his long friendship with Richards, interviews with her family and many of her closest associates, her unpublished correspondence with longtime companion Bud Shrake, and extensive research to tell a very personal, human story of Ann Richards's remarkable rise to power as a liberal Democrat in a conservative Republican state. Reid traces the whole arc of Richards's life, beginning with her youth in Waco, her marriage to attorney David Richards, her frustration and boredom with being a young housewife and mother in Dallas, and her shocking encounters with Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. He follows Richards to Austin and the wild 1970s scene and describes her painful but successful struggle against alcoholism. He tells the full, inside story of Richards's rise from county office and the state treasurer's office to the governorship, where she championed gun control, prison reform, environmental protection, and school finance reform, and he explains why she lost her reelection bid to George W. Bush, which evened his family's score and launched him toward the presidency. Reid describes Richards's final years as a world traveler, lobbyist, public speaker, and mentor and inspiration to office holders, including Hillary Clinton. His nuanced portrait reveals a complex woman who battled her own frailties and a good-old-boy establishment to claim a place on the national political stage and prove "what can happen in government if we simply open the doors and let the people in."
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 976.4/063092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
F391.4.R53
LC item number
R45 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards, by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 427-443) and index
Contents
Gardens of light: Waco -- New frontiers -- Lovers lane -- Mad dogs and first Fridays -- The Hanukkah Chicken / Superwoman's chair: Problem lady -- Landslides -- Raw deals -- Capsized -- The class of '82 -- Raise money and wait -- Cheap help / Only in Texas: Poker faces -- The speech -- Dispatches
Control code
783173300
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiii, 467 p.
Isbn
9780292719644
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012016118
Note
Library's copies 1-2 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)783173300
Label
Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards, by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 427-443) and index
Contents
Gardens of light: Waco -- New frontiers -- Lovers lane -- Mad dogs and first Fridays -- The Hanukkah Chicken / Superwoman's chair: Problem lady -- Landslides -- Raw deals -- Capsized -- The class of '82 -- Raise money and wait -- Cheap help / Only in Texas: Poker faces -- The speech -- Dispatches
Control code
783173300
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiii, 467 p.
Isbn
9780292719644
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012016118
Note
Library's copies 1-2 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)783173300

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