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Advising Ike : the memoirs of Attorney General Herbert Brownell /
Herbert Brownell with John P. Burke ; foreword by John Chancellor.
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c1993.
xvii, 406 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c1993.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-04-12:
A modest, upright man and an anti-ideological Republican, Brownell, as he emerges in this book written with University of Vermont political scientist Burke, portrays the more casual and genteel politics of the past. Readers will agree with John Chancellor's observation that ``the trouble with people like Herbert Brownell is . . . there are not enough of them.'' Born in Nebraska in 1904, Brownell went from Yale Law School to a legal and political career in New York City. After a stint as a state legislator, he managed Thomas Dewey's successful New York gubernatorial campaign in 1942 and proceeded to work on the presidential campaigns of Dewey and Eisenhower. As Attorney General, Brownell moved to de-politicize and professionalize his department. He claims that Eisenhower made no deal with Earl Warren regarding the Supreme Court appointment, describes how he convinced Eisenhower to participate in the Brown desegregation case and maintains that the president's caution on civil rights ``may have been ultimately more productive'' because the problem ``was not amenable to quick remedy.'' Beneath Eisenhower's ``benevolent demeanor,'' Brownell argues, ``was a knowledgeable and astute political mind.'' Photos not seen by PW . (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 1993-10:
Brownell's book is like the man himself: calm, judicious, good humored, and utterly bland. Blandness begins with the Progressive Era into which Brownell was born and reaches even the wildly controversial names of Bryan, Norris, and Brandeis. It extends to New York politics and the two Dewey presidential campaigns, evading a principal reason for two defeats: Dewey's icy public persona. The blandest part of the book deals with Brownell's Justice Department years; uncritical treatment of Ike's cabinet and vanilla-flavored tales of Earl Warren as chief justice, Brown v. Board of Education (I and II), the Civil Rights Act of 1957, "Little Rock," McCarthyism, and the Bricker amendment. Bland also are all the controversies over "internal security," except for Brownell's aptly Cold War view that, sadly, one must damage many innocents to prevent the guilty from doing damage. His summary of Ike as president is even handed, but not nearly as penetrating as that of Fred Greenstein in The Hidden-Hand Presidency (CH, Mar'83), which Brownell cites. General; advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. R. W. Sellen; Georgia State University
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In this enlightening volume, Herbert Brownell, the man Dwight D. Eisenhower said would make an outstanding president, recounts his achievements and trials as the GOPs most successful presidential operative of the 1940s and 1950s and as Attorney General at a crucial time in American history. Instrumental in getting Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for office and wielding considerable influence over many of the presidents decisions, Brownell had to make many tough and controversial recommendations. In his memoirs he recalls his relationship with the president and the difficult issues confronting them--civil rights, McCarthyism, illegal aliens, anti-trust laws, national security vs. individual rights. "I am often amused when people pine about going back to the quiet days of Eisenhower," writes Brownell, who served during an administration that faced not only the wrath of segregationists and Communist witch-hunters but also the resolution of an increasingly unpopular war in Korea and a new definition of American-Soviet relations following Joseph Stalins death. Particularly difficult, but among the high points of the Eisenhower administration for Brownell, were the painstaking gains made in the area of civil rights. Despite personal attacks by the opposition on his integrity, he tenaciously supported and enforced the Supreme Courts decision in Brown vs. the Board of Education and Little Rock desegregation. Going beyond the years he spent on Eisenhowers cabinet, Brownell describes the events and people that have influenced his colorful life, including those from his early years in Nebraska, his apprentice years in New York as he joined the opposition to Tammany Hall, his stints as chairman of the Republican party and manager of Thomas Deweys two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, his 62-year private law career, and his extensive world travels. Brownells memoirs, filled with history, anecdotes, personal observations, and subtle humor, reveal a highly intelligent and modest man who achieved great accomplishments--developing the first Civil Rights act since Reconstruction, preserving national security while protecting individual rights--by doing what he thought was right, not by being politically correct. "Brownell would not have leased his high IQ to Robert Taft or Barry Goldwater. That makes him different from many of the high-IQ advisors in American politics today. Too many of them are able to work different sides of the street for fun and profit, political androgynes with no fixed beliefs. Not so Herbert Brownell."-John Chancellor "The presidential Republican party of this era could aptly be names the Brownell Party rather than the Dewey or Eisenhower Party. Brownells recollections are particularly important because in the days after front-porch campaigns but before the opening-up of political precesses to more outsider influences in the 1970s, the role of the internal party brokers and strategists such as himself and, on the Democratic side, Clark Clifford, was far more crucial."-Robert F. Burk, author of The Eisenhower Administration and Civil Rights
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In this enlightening volume, Brownell--the man Dwight D. Eisenhower said would make an outstanding president--recounts his achievements and trials as the GOP's most successful presidential operative of the 1940s and '50s, and as Attorney General at a crucial time in American history. Political science professor an coauthor, Burke is the author of The Institutional Presidency. 26 photographs.
Table of Contents
Early Yearsp. 1
Entering Politicsp. 16
Working with Tom Deweyp. 39
The Election of 1948p. 66
Enlisting Eisenhowerp. 89
The Battle for the Nomination, 1952p. 105
Election and Transition to the Presidencyp. 123
At the Helm of Justicep. 142
Appointing a New Chief Justicep. 163
Further Reshaping of the Federal Judiciaryp. 176
Building the Foundations of Equalityp. 186
Enforcing Equalityp. 202
Dealing with the Dilemma of Internal Securityp. 230
Protecting the Presidency: McCarthy and Brickerp. 251
Changing the Constitution: The Twenty-Fifth Amendmentp. 273
Measuring the Man: Eisenhower as Presidentp. 286
Further Serving the Presidency: Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reaganp. 304
Practicing Lawp. 325
Bar Association Activityp. 344
Winding Downp. 353
Appendix A. Eisenhower's Letter to Brownell, March 18, 1952p. 355
Appendix B. United States Supreme Court Order in Brown v. Board of Educationp. 357
Appendix C. Southern Manifestop. 359
Appendix D. Brownell Opinion to Eisenhower on Little Rock School Desegregationp. 365
Appendix E. Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United Statesp. 385
Indexp. 387
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