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Against the grain : reflections of a rebel Republican /
Mark O. Hatfield, as told to Diane N. Solomon.
imprint
Ashland, OR : White Cloud Press, 2001.
description
254 p. : ill.
ISBN
1883991366
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imprint
Ashland, OR : White Cloud Press, 2001.
isbn
1883991366
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4481732
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2001-05-07:
In this informative, if inconsistently engaging, autobiography, former five-term U.S. Senator Hatfield traces the origins of his political and religious beliefs, and the various tests of these faiths encountered in a remarkably long political career. Raised in Depression-era Oregon, Hatfield learned early the Populist values of that peculiarly progressive state and came to view poverty as "arguably the most prevalent violence in our society." During service in the navy, he witnessed both the horror of war at Iwo Jima and Okinawa and of its aftermath, in postwar Hiroshima. In his political career, Hatfield thus became a determined defender of the powerless and an ardent opponent of military folly, especially that of the Vietnam war. Much of the book deals with his early and persistent opposition to that war and the pressures he faced from constituents, colleagues, and presidents because of this stance. Hatfield also writes, in a direct yet quiet way, of the strong religious faith that has served him throughout his life, and allowed him to view political opponents not as enemies but as friends with whom he simply disagreed. Not surprisingly, then, he is also critical of the current political culture of "partisanship, misuse of power, and the marketing of politics." While at times falling into vague banalities "we all belong to the human race" it is nevertheless refreshing and instructive, in this jaded political era, to read the memoirs of an elder statesman who put principle above party, and the well-being of the community above that of his career. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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This is the political and spiritual memoir of Senator Mark O Hatfield, the most progressive politician in the Republican Party since Abraham Lincoln. The book details his opposition to the Vietnam War, successful drafting of the Soviet-American nuclear freeze legislation with Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy, and his strong stands of conscience on health reform, the death penalty, and the balanced budget amendment that typically ran counter to the Republican mainstream. This eloquent memoir also lays out Hatfield's spirituality, the source of his stands of conscience, as well as reflections on creating a new revolution in American politics and society.
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Against the Grain is a political and spiritual memoir of Senator Mark O. Hatfield, the most progressive politician in the Republican Party since Abraham Lincoln, covering his opposition to the Vietnam War, successful drafting of the Soviet-American nuclear freeze legislation with Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy, and his strong stands of conscience on health reform, the death penalty and the balanced budget amendment, which typically ran counter to the Republican mainstream.For five consecutive Senate terms, Hatfield made his mark, sometimes softly, sometimes stridently, fighting to serve the people of his country with honesty and devotion. Constantly opposing the military-industrial complex and the violence of the arms race, he fought for housing, employment, education and basic human dignity.Throughout the book, and in the final section on spirituality, he offers hope, insight and solutions to the greatest violences facing our age: militarism, discrimination, materialism and poverty. He envisions a world where the "political-industrial complex" no longer holds sway and candidates are judged on merit, rather than marketed like toothpaste. In a world swerving out of control, his solutions move away from big government toward enlisting people's hearts and minds.
Unpaid Annotation
Against the Grain is a political & spiritual memoir of Senator Mark O. Hatfield, the most progressive politician in the Republican Party since Abraham Lincoln, covering his opposition to the Vietnam War, successful drafting of the Soviet-American nuclear freeze legislation with Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy, & his strong stands of conscience on health reform, the death penalty & the balanced budget amendment, which typically ran counter to the Republican mainstream. For five consecutive Senate terms, Hatfield made his mark, sometimes softly, sometimes stridently, fighting to serve the people of his country with honesty & devotion. Constantly opposing the military-industrial complex & the violence of the arms race, he fought for housing, employment, education & basic human dignity. Throughout the book, & in the final section on spirituality, he offers hope, insight & solutions to the greatest violences facing our age: militarism, discrimination, materialism & poverty. He envisions a world where the "political-industrial complex" no longer holds sway & candidates are judged on merit, rather than marketed like toothpaste. In a world swerving out of control, his solutions move away from big government toward enlisting people's hearts & minds.
Unpaid Annotation
Former five-term U.S. Senator Hatfield reflects upon his successfully bipartisan political career.

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