Work Hard, Study... and Keep Out of Politics!
Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life
On Sale: October 5, 2006
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A revelatory memoir from one of the great political minds of
The real inside story of why Gerald Ford
did not ask Ronald Reagan to be his running mate in 1976-and
why Reagan did not pick Ford in 1980; the battle over
Florida 2000; the aborted White House job switch that
inadvertently opened the door to the Iran-Contra scandal;
the Bush campaign's wish that Dan Quayle would offer to
resign from the ticket in 1992; the White House turmoil in
the dark days following the Reagan assassination attempt;
and a great deal more . . .
White House Chief of
Staff (twice), Secretary of State, Secretary of the
Treasury, and campaign chairman for three different
candidates in five successive presidential campaigns-few
people have lived and breathed politics as deeply as James
Baker. Now, with candor and Texas-style storytelling, and
not a few surprises, he takes us into his thirty-five years
behind the scenes.
None of it was planned. His
grandfather, the "Captain," drilled this advice into him:
"Work hard, study . . . and keep out of politics!" Then a
personal tragedy changed the life of a forty-year-old Texas
Democratic lawyer and he never looked back. From campaign
horsetrading, which sometimes got rough ("Politics ain't
beanbag," says Baker), to the inner councils of the Reagan
and Bush administrations to the controversies of today,
Baker offers frank talk and spellbinding narratives, along
with personal appraisals of six presidents and a
constellation of others. It was a long, unexpected journey
from Houston, Texas, to Washington, D.C. -- and you'll want
to travel it with him.
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