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Jake /
Jake Pickle & Peggy Pickle : foreword by Ann Richards.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1997.
description
xxii, 238 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
029276572X (alk. paper)
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imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1997.
isbn
029276572X (alk. paper)
contents note
Beginnings -- On my own -- The Washington years -- The Campaign trail -- A lifetime of friends.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1007478
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Pickle's folksy vocabulary, his West Texas lilt, his wit and self-deprecating humor echo throughout the book. Each story stands alone, a good, entertaining read. But together, they tell the story of an old-fashioned politician, of Democratic politics in Texas, of conflicts, friendships and personalities, including the likes of Lyndon B. Johnson and John Connally.... Jake contains the stories Pickle loves to tell. It's a delightful personal, political chronicle rather than the more traditional political autobiography.
A heckuva storyteller, Jake Pickle turns this book into a front porch on a lazy summer evening, and puts his reader right beside him. Rich in anecdotes from West Texas to Washington and back again, Jake will introduce you to dozens of colorful characters, several of whom happen to be this country's top leaders. Jake is that great rarity: a political memoir that's really memorable.
Jake Pickle's book is the kind of book Mark Twain would have written had he served in Congress. It is funny, partly sad, revelatory, and most of all so cheerfully readable. It may be the best book written thus far about the life of a Congressman.
Who else in our nation has had the political experience of Jake Pickle? Jake has been a personal friend of mine for many years; and over this period of time, I have been thoroughly entertained with his stories. Now that Jake has put them down in written form, everyone will be treated to stories about his illustrious political career.
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Summaries
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"My life has been given special purpose," Jake Pickle says. "Some men live to make money, drink, chase women, collect art, excel at a sport, or pursue other things that give them pleasure. The thing I got hooked on was helping people. And I've had the privilege of helping people by the thousands. Serving in Congress was the greatest honor of my life." In this book, Jake Pickle tells the story of a lifetime in public service, including thirty-one years as Representative for Texas' Tenth Congressional District. Jake tells his story by telling stories--most of them humorous, some poignant--that add up to a warmly personal account of his life and career. At the heart of the book are Jake's stories of political life in Washington, Austin, and on the campaign trail. These range from hilarious accounts of all that can and does happen at small-town Texas parades and rallies to clear, no-baloney explanations of some of the major legislation that Jake helped to pass. His stories about Social Security reform, tax-exempt organizations, and pension fund reform legislation make these complex topics easy to understand. This book was written as a collaboration between Jake and his daughter, Peggy Pickle. It offers the fun of listening to a born raconteur spin his tales, while it reveals the ethics and integrity of a man who never forgot that the people elected him to serve them.
Main Description
"Pickle's folksy vocabulary, his West Texas lilt, his wit and self-deprecating humor echo throughout the book. Each story stands alone, a good, entertaining read. But together, they tell the story of an old-fashioned politician, of Democratic politics in Texas, of conflicts, friendships and personalities, including the likes of Lyndon B. Johnson and John Connally.... Jake contains the stories Pickle loves to tell. It's a delightful personal, political chronicle rather than the more traditional political autobiography." --Austin American-Statesman "A heckuva storyteller, Jake Pickle turns this book into a front porch on a lazy summer evening, and puts his reader right beside him. Rich in anecdotes from West Texas to Washington and back again, Jake will introduce you to dozens of colorful characters, several of whom happen to be this country's top leaders. Jake is that great rarity: a political memoir that's really memorable." --Dan Rather "Jake Pickle's book is the kind of book Mark Twain would have written had he served in Congress. It is funny, partly sad, revelatory, and most of all so cheerfully readable. It may be the best book written thus far about the life of a Congressman." --Jack Valenti "Who else in our nation has had the political experience of Jake Pickle? Jake has been a personal friend of mine for many years; and over this period of time, I have been thoroughly entertained with his stories. Now that Jake has put them down in written form, everyone will be treated to stories about his illustrious political career." --Darrell Royal "My life has been given special purpose," Jake Pickle says. "Some men live to make money, drink, chase women, collect art, excel at a sport, or pursue other things that give them pleasure. The thing I got hooked on was helping people. And I've had the privilege of helping people by the thousands. Serving in Congress was the greatest honor of my life." In this book, Jake Pickle tells the story of a lifetime in public service, including thirty-one years as Representative for Texas' Tenth Congressional District. Jake tells his story by telling stories--most of them humorous, some poignant--that add up to a warmly personal account of his life and career. At the heart of the book are Jake's stories of political life in Washington, Austin, and on the campaign trail. These range from hilarious accounts of all that can and does happen at small-town Texas parades and rallies to clear, no-baloney explanations of some of the major legislation that Jake helped to pass. His stories about Social Security reform, tax-exempt organizations, and pension fund reform legislation make these complex topics easy to understand. This book was written as a collaboration between Jake and his daughter, Peggy Pickle. It offers the fun of listening to a born raconteur spin his tales, while it reveals the ethics and integrity of a man who never forgot that the people elected him to serve them.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Beginnings
West Texas Roots
Uncle Gus and Uncle Arthur
Little Campus
On My Own
My First Meeting with LBJ
Handsome Harry
The Navy Years
The KVET Boys
Dollars for Democrats
Steamboats up the Colorado
Bob Keckler's Cow
The Washington Years
My First Twenty-four Hours in Congress
The Closer You Get
The Civil Rights Act
The White Shark
Pop Goes to Washington
My First Embassy Party
Bless Their Hearts
(Don't) Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette
Listening for the Bell
The Ladies Excluded
Confessions of a Rattlesnake Chili Champ
Tax Exempts: Charities or Tax Dodges?
How Big Business Threatens Our Nation's Pension Funds
Congressional Prayer Breakfasts
Preserving Social Security
Who Are You?
The Campaign Trail
"G" as in Jesus
What's James Buchanan Ever Done for You?
Love, Bess
The First Time I Met Jean
Ticket, Please
On the Road with Fleetwood
Beryl Takes the Wheel
A Lifetime of Friends
Judge Critz's Story
"Governor" Pickle
Dan's Debut
The 88th Club
Good-bye to LBJ and Big John
Family Talent
Epilogue
Index
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