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The Resource Speaker Jim Wright : power, scandal, and the birth of modern politics, J. Brooks Flippen

Speaker Jim Wright : power, scandal, and the birth of modern politics, J. Brooks Flippen

Label
Speaker Jim Wright : power, scandal, and the birth of modern politics
Title
Speaker Jim Wright
Title remainder
power, scandal, and the birth of modern politics
Statement of responsibility
J. Brooks Flippen
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Jim Wright made his mark on virtually every major public policy issue in the late 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 (Forth 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
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
TxU/DLC
Dewey number
  • 328.73/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E840.8.W75
LC item number
F55 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Jess and Betty Jo Hay Series
Label
Speaker Jim Wright : power, scandal, and the birth of modern politics, J. Brooks Flippen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [401]-511) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The long shadow of scandal : the forgotten legacy -- Part I. The rise of a politician. The foundations for success : family and childhood (1922-1939) -- The lessons of life : college and war (1939-1944) -- Ambition and frustration : state legislature (1944-1948) -- Preparation and payoff : businessman, mayor, and election to Congress (1948-1954) -- Part II. Congress in an age of tradition. Learning the ropes : the new congressman (1954-1956) -- Building a record : the Eisenhower years (1956-1960) -- Challenges : the Kennedy years (1960-1963) -- Access to power : Johnson takes control (1963-1965) -- The rough path forward : years of change (1965-1968) -- Part III. Leadership in an age of dynamism. Old school : a moderate in the Nixon years (1968-1972) -- Bombshell : the Watergate crisis (1972-1974) -- The ripples of Watergate : a new congress and new opportunity (1972-1976) -- The new majority leader : critical decisions in an age of partisanship (1976-1978) -- The struggle for unity : the Carter years (1978-1980) -- Part IV. Victory and defeat in the age of Reagan. A challenge like none before : Reagan (1980-1982) -- Rallying the opposition : friends and enemies (1982-1986) -- On the mountaintop : Speaker of the House (1986-1989) -- In the valley : resignation and its aftermath (1987-2015) -- Epilogue. The politics of scandal and the judgment of history
Control code
1002419108
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vi, 527 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781477315149
Lccn
2017037707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. With covered dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1002419108
Label
Speaker Jim Wright : power, scandal, and the birth of modern politics, J. Brooks Flippen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [401]-511) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The long shadow of scandal : the forgotten legacy -- Part I. The rise of a politician. The foundations for success : family and childhood (1922-1939) -- The lessons of life : college and war (1939-1944) -- Ambition and frustration : state legislature (1944-1948) -- Preparation and payoff : businessman, mayor, and election to Congress (1948-1954) -- Part II. Congress in an age of tradition. Learning the ropes : the new congressman (1954-1956) -- Building a record : the Eisenhower years (1956-1960) -- Challenges : the Kennedy years (1960-1963) -- Access to power : Johnson takes control (1963-1965) -- The rough path forward : years of change (1965-1968) -- Part III. Leadership in an age of dynamism. Old school : a moderate in the Nixon years (1968-1972) -- Bombshell : the Watergate crisis (1972-1974) -- The ripples of Watergate : a new congress and new opportunity (1972-1976) -- The new majority leader : critical decisions in an age of partisanship (1976-1978) -- The struggle for unity : the Carter years (1978-1980) -- Part IV. Victory and defeat in the age of Reagan. A challenge like none before : Reagan (1980-1982) -- Rallying the opposition : friends and enemies (1982-1986) -- On the mountaintop : Speaker of the House (1986-1989) -- In the valley : resignation and its aftermath (1987-2015) -- Epilogue. The politics of scandal and the judgment of history
Control code
1002419108
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vi, 527 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781477315149
Lccn
2017037707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. With covered dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1002419108

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