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Terry Sanford [electronic resource] : politics, progress, and outrageous ambitions /
Howard E. Covington, Jr. and Marion A. Ellis.
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Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 1999.
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xv, 559 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
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0822323567 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 1999.
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0822323567 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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10302533
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [537]-543) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-09-15:
North Carolina's Terry Sanford was one of the first "New South" political leaders of the 1960s and 1970s. He differed from earlier Southern politicians, as well as most of his contemporaries, in his moderate-to-liberal views on race and taxes. But he was also able to maintain reasonably cordial relations with the conservative corporate interests of his state and was an effective promoter of Southern economic growth and modernization. Sanford served as North Carolina's governor (for one term), as president of Duke University, and as a United States senator. This biography by journalists Covington and Ellis is short on analysis and critical evaluation, but it stands as the most comprehensive work now available on this major Southern political leader. An optional purchase for the Southern history and politics collections of academic and larger public libraries.ÄThomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
North Carolina's Terry Sanford, one of the 20th century's most visionary American governors, clearly deserves a comprehensive analytical biography. Relying on numerous interviews (including lengthy interviews with Sanford himself) and previously untilled documentary evidence, Covington and Ellis provide such a contribution on the political life of the New South governor, presidential candidate, university president, and US Senator. The most obvious criticism of the work is that it overwhelms the reader with exacting details about North Carolina politics, limiting the ability of the authors to emphasize stronger themes about Sanford's ultimate importance. The authors would have been well served to model more closely the recent exceptional biographies of two (starkly different) southern gubernatorial contemporaries of Sanford: Roy Reed's Faubus and Dan T. Carter's The Politics of Rage (about George Wallace's life). Too much detail is presented about the years leading up to Sanford's governorship, while his presidential runs and later return to the US Senate receive comparatively limited treatment. Although avoiding hagiography, the authors are clearly sympathetic to Sanford and rely a bit too much on the remembrances of Sanford and his political allies. Despite its flaws, the work provides a crucial first step in the study of a vitally important New South figure. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Barth; Hendrix College
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"Everyone who was fortunate enough to know Terry holds him in the highest regard, not only for his views and actions in the political arena, but also for his determination to uphold and strengthen the goodness of human kind. He was a man of tremendous honor, courage and strength. This tribute to Terry's integrity, innovation, and moral upstanding exemplifies the impact that he had, and will forever continue to have, on our society."--The Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor of North Carolina
"Terry Sanford could be aptly described as North Carolina's Renaissance governor. The links between our families span three generations and were marked by a shared vision for a better North Carolina. As his first biographers show, Terry's contributions to the state were substantial and vital and his legacy is enduring."--The Honorable Robert W. Scott, Governor of North Carolina (1969-1973)
"Terry Sanford was a creative and visionary leader who knew how to hammer dreams into results. Covington and Ellis brilliantly explain this remarkable man's ambition in Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambition. "--Charlie Rose
"Terry Sanford was a creative and visionary leader who knew how to hammer dreams into results. Covington and Ellis brilliantly explain this remarkable man's ambition in Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambition. "-Charlie Rose
“Terry Sanford was a creative and visionary leader who knew how to hammer dreams into results. Covington and Ellis brilliantly explain this remarkable man’s ambition in Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambition. ”-Charlie Rose
"Terry Sanford was the visionary, compassionate leader of our generation. He defined public service as the high calling of life and sought with all his might and succeeded in elevating the human spirit and sense of hope of thousands of disadvantaged fellow citizens. He will be remembered as our exemplary apostle of education and the constructive builder of a vibrant, progressive North Carolina. He gave his very best. He made a difference."--William Friday, President Emeritus of the University of North Carolina
"This eagerly awaited biography is a tribute to Terry Sanford's life of great purpose and shows the unique and courageous ways in which he dreamed fantastic dreams for North Carolina and made them come true."--Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans
Tributes to Terry Sanford:"His long and distinguished career of public service as governor, president of Duke University and U.S. senator helped build the New South and served as an inspiration to me and an entire generation of Americans. He stood for civil rights, education for all, and progressive economic development. His work and his influence literally changed the face and future of the South, making him one of the most influential Americans of the last fifty years." - Bill Clinton, former President of the United States"Terry Sanford was the visionary, compassionate leader of our generation. He defined public service as the high calling of life and sought with all his might and succeeded in elevating the human spirit and sense of hope of thousands of disadvantaged fellow citizens. He gave his very best. He made a difference." -William Friday, President Emeritus of the University of North Carolina
"What truly distinguished Terry Sanford . . . was not just the number of posts he held, rather it was the unquenchable spirit that he brought to every one of them. In his soul he believed that people could shape their own futures, that men and women weren't just flotsam and jetsam floating on the tides of history but rather could choose their own destiny."--David Gergen, from the foreword
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"Everyone who was fortunate enough to know Terry holds him in the highest regard, not only for his views and actions in the political arena, but also for his determination to uphold and strengthen the goodness of human kind. He was a man of tremendous honor, courage and strength. This tribute to Terry's integrity, innovation, and moral upstanding exemplifies the impact that he had, and will forever continue to have, on our society."-The Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor of North Carolina
Back Cover Copy
"Terry Sanford could be aptly described as North Carolina's Renaissance governor. The links between our families span three generations and were marked by a shared vision for a better North Carolina. As his first biographers show, Terry's contributions to the state were substantial and vital and his legacy is enduring."-The Honorable Robert W. Scott, Governor of North Carolina (19691973)
Back Cover Copy
"Terry Sanford was a creative and visionary leader who knew how to hammer dreams into results. Covington and Ellis brilliantly explain this remarkable man's ambition inTerry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambition."-Charlie Rose
Back Cover Copy
"Terry Sanford was the visionary, compassionate leader of our generation. He defined public service as the high calling of life and sought with all his might and succeeded in elevating the human spirit and sense of hope of thousands of disadvantaged fellow citizens. He will be remembered as our exemplary apostle of education and the constructive builder of a vibrant, progressive North Carolina. He gave his very best. He made a difference."-William Friday, President Emeritus of the University of North Carolina
Back Cover Copy
"This eagerly awaited biography is a tribute to Terry Sanford's life of great purpose and shows the unique and courageous ways in which he dreamed fantastic dreams for North Carolina and made them come true."-Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans
Back Cover Copy
"What truly distinguished Terry Sanford . . . was not just the number of posts he held, rather it was the unquenchable spirit that he brought to every one of them. In his soul he believed that people could shape their own futures, that men and women weren't just flotsam and jetsam floating on the tides of history but rather could choose their own destiny."-David Gergen, from the foreword
Main Description
Terry Sanford (1917-1998) was one of the most important public figures of the postwar South. First as North Carolina's governor and later as president of Duke University, he demonstrated a dynamic style of progressive leadership marked by compassion and creativity. Outrageous Ambition tells the story of Sanford's beginnings, his political aspirations, his experiences in office, and, of course, his numerous accomplishments in the context of a period of revolutionary change in the South.After defeating a segregationist campaign in 1960 to win the governorship, Sanford used his years in office to boost public education and advance race relations. A decade later, at the height of tumult on American campuses, Sanford assumed the presidency of Duke University and led it to its position as one of the top universities in the nation. During his more than fifty years as a public servant he was associated with presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter. Sanford was a presidential candidate himself in 1972 and 1976, and he won election to the United States Senate in 1986 where his international commission produced an economic recovery plan for Central America. As one of the last New Deal Democrats in the Senate, he remained passionate about the opportunity for leaders to use government to improve people's lives. Outrageous Ambition draws on Sanford's considerable private and public archive as well as on the recollections of Sanford himself and his family, colleagues, and friends. This biography offers a unique perspective on North Carolina life, politics, political personalities, and the shifting public allegiances of the second half of the twentieth century that transformed life both in North Carolina and throughout the American South.
Main Description
Terry Sanford (1917-1998) was one of the most important public figures of the postwar South. First as North Carolina's governor and later as president of Duke University, he demonstrated a dynamic style of progressive leadership marked by compassion and creativity. This book tells the story of Sanford's beginnings, his political aspirations, his experiences in office, and, of course, his numerous accomplishments in the context of a period of revolutionary change in the South. After defeating a segregationist campaign in 1960 to win the governorship, Sanford used his years in office to boost public education and advance race relations. A decade later, at the height of tumult on American campuses, Sanford assumed the presidency of Duke University and led it to its position as one of the top universities in the nation. During his more than fifty years as a public servant he was associated with presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter. Sanford was a presidential candidate himself in 1972 and 1976, and he won election to the United States Senate in 1986 where his international commission produced an economic recovery plan for Central America. As one of the last New Deal Democrats in the Senate, he remained passionate about the opportunity for leaders to use government to improve people's lives. Terry Sandord draws on Sanford's considerable private and public archive as well as on the recollections of Sanford himself and his family, colleagues, and friends. This biography offers a unique perspective on North Carolina life, politics, political personalities, and the shifting public allegiances of the second half of the twentieth century that transformed life both in North Carolina and throughout the American South.
Main Description
Terry Sanford (1917–1998) was one of the most important public figures of the postwar South. First as North Carolina’s governor and later as president of Duke University, he demonstrated a dynamic style of progressive leadership marked by compassion and creativity. This book tells the story of Sanford’s beginnings, his political aspirations, his experiences in office, and, of course, his numerous accomplishments in the context of a period of revolutionary change in the South. After defeating a segregationist campaign in 1960 to win the governorship, Sanford used his years in office to boost public education and advance race relations. A decade later, at the height of tumult on American campuses, Sanford assumed the presidency of Duke University and led it to its position as one of the top universities in the nation. During his more than fifty years as a public servant he was associated with presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter. Sanford was a presidential candidate himself in 1972 and 1976, and he won election to the United States Senate in 1986 where his international commission produced an economic recovery plan for Central America. As one of the last New Deal Democrats in the Senate, he remained passionate about the opportunity for leaders to use government to improve people’s lives. Terry Sandord draws on Sanford’s considerable private and public archive as well as on the recollections of Sanford himself and his family, colleagues, and friends. This biography offers a unique perspective on North Carolina life, politics, political personalities, and the shifting public allegiances of the second half of the twentieth century that transformed life both in North Carolina and throughout the American South.
Main Description
Terry Sanford (19171998) was one of the most important public figures of the postwar South. First as North Carolina's governor and later as president of Duke University, he demonstrated a dynamic style of progressive leadership marked by compassion and creativity. This book tells the story of Sanford's beginnings, his political aspirations, his experiences in office, and, of course, his numerous accomplishments in the context of a period of revolutionary change in the South. After defeating a segregationist campaign in 1960 to win the governorship, Sanford used his years in office to boost public education and advance race relations. A decade later, at the height of tumult on American campuses, Sanford assumed the presidency of Duke University and led it to its position as one of the top universities in the nation. During his more than fifty years as a public servant he was associated with presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter. Sanford was a presidential candidate himself in 1972 and 1976, and he won election to the United States Senate in 1986 where his international commission produced an economic recovery plan for Central America. As one of the last New Deal Democrats in the Senate, he remained passionate about the opportunity for leaders to use government to improve people's lives. Terry Sandord draws on Sanford's considerable private and public archive as well as on the recollections of Sanford himself and his family, colleagues, and friends. This biography offers a unique perspective on North Carolina life, politics, political personalities, and the shifting public allegiances of the second half of the twentieth century that transformed life both in North Carolina and throughout the American South.
Main Description
Terry Sanford (19171998) was one of the most important public figures of the postwar South. First as North Carolina's governor and later as president of Duke University, he demonstrated a dynamic style of progressive leadership marked by compassion and creativity. This book tells the story of Sanford's beginnings, his political aspirations, his experiences in office, and, of course, his numerous accomplishments in the context of a period of revolutionary change in the South. After defeating a segregationist campaign in 1960 to win the governorship, Sanford used his years in office to boost public education and advance race relations. A decade later, at the height of tumult on American campuses, Sanford assumed the presidency of Duke University and led it to its position as one of the top universities in the nation. During his more than fifty years as a public servant he was associated with presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter. Sanford was a presidential candidate himself in 1972 and 1976, and he won election to the United States Senate in 1986 where his international commission produced an economic recovery plan for Central America. As one of the last New Deal Democrats in the Senate, he remained passionate about the opportunity for leaders to use government to improve people's lives. Terry Sandorddraws on Sanford's considerable private and public archive as well as on the recollections of Sanford himself and his family, colleagues, and friends. This biography offers a unique perspective on North Carolina life, politics, political personalities, and the shifting public allegiances of the second half of the twentieth century that transformed life both in North Carolina and throughout the American South.
Publisher Fact Sheet
The first biography of the dynamic U.S. Senator, governor of North Carolina & president of Duke University.
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"Terry Sanford (1917-1998) was one of the most important public figures of the postwar South. First as North Carolina's governor and later as president of Duke University, he demonstrated a dynamic style of progressive leadership marked by compassion and creativity. Terry Sanford tells the story of Sanford's beginnings, his political aspirations, his experiences in office, and, of course, his numerous accomplishments in the context of a period of revolutionary change in the South."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Double Moons over Laurinburg
Runnin' on Rims
The "Promised Land"
Albert's Boys
The Battling Buzzards
The Third Primary
The Branch-Head Boys
A Dangerous Dream
Breaking in Line
"Puddles of Poison"
A New Day
A Shore Still Dimly Seen
But What About the People?
New Horizons
A Tar Heel Blue Devil
"Outrageous Ambitions"
Never Look Back
A North Carolina Regular
Epilogue: The Eternal Boy Scout
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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