'Work Hard, Study...and Keep Out of Politics!': Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life

Work Hard Study and Keep Out of Politics Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life A revelatory memoir from one of the great political minds of our time The real inside story of why Gerald Ford did not ask Ronald Reagan to be his running mate in and why Reagan did not pick Ford

  • Title: 'Work Hard, Study...and Keep Out of Politics!': Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life
  • Author: James A. Baker III
  • ISBN: 9780399153778
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A revelatory memoir from one of the great political minds of our time 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 QA revelatory memoir from one of the great political minds of our time 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 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.

    One thought on “'Work Hard, Study...and Keep Out of Politics!': Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life”

    1. I am not exactly a political animal. I used to pay attention to the national political scene back when I was in college as I suppose many young people do and I also followed it pretty closely thereafter because it had sort of become a habit. These were the years of Reagan-Bush-Clinton, approximately 20 years during which I followed along pretty closely. However, the older I’ve become, the less I have come to identify with any particular party. I have formed opinions on issues but today I class [...]

    2. Great insights into the back stage of modern American politics that Baker was present for. Hard to read at times but great for any political/history junkie.

    3. I was 11 years old when the Operation: Desert Shield gave way to Operation: Desert Storm. The war made a celebrity of General "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf but for me, the face of the war was Secretary of State Jim Baker. I recall many mornings before leaving for school watching Secretary Baker's press conferences, and it was the first time I paid any attention to anyone in government who wasn't the president. My sense of the man was that the was exactly the kind of person we wanted at a high le [...]

    4. Steve Fiffer is a friend and he autographed this copy for me -- excellent. Good read. Informative. Steve is a great writer -- look into his THREE QUARTERS, TWO DIMES, AND A NICKLE -- the single book where he (finally!) writes about himself. Powerful, strong character with a tough medical history (and a great mother who is a dear friend of mine!)

    5. In some ways, I was disappointed by this book--not by the writing but by the emphasis on the past rather than more recent events. I really wanted to know more about Baker's role in the 2000 election aftermath. All in all, the man is a politician, albeit a fairly decent one.

    6. Work Hard, Studyd Keep Out of Politics! Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life by James Baker III (2006)

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