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Heroes, hacks, and fools : memoirs from the political inside /
Ted Van Dyk.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2007.
xiii, 306 p.
0295987510 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780295987514 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2007.
0295987510 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780295987514 (hbk. : alk. paper)
general note
"A Samuel and Althea Stroum book."
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Pacific Northwest Bookseller Awards, USA, 2008 : Nominated
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Reference & Research Book News, February 2008
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Van Dyk's memoirs contain stories from a historic period of national politics, portraying brilliant and not-so-brilliant leaders and ideas, while also illuminating the darker side of American politics.
Main Description
Ted Van Dyk, a shrewd veteran of countless national political and policy fights, casts fresh light on many of the leading personalities and watershed events of American politics since JFK. He was a Pentagon intelligence analyst during the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and an aide to Jean Monnet and other leaders of the European movement before serving at the Johnson White House as Vice President Humphrey's senior advisor and alter ego. He was involved in that administration's Great Society triumphs and its Vietnam tragedy. In the late 1960s, Van Dyk moved to Columbia University as vice president to help quell campus disorders which threatened the university. Over a period of 35 years he was a senior advisor to presidential candidates Humphrey, McGovern, Carter, Ted Kennedy, Mondale, Hart, and Tsongas; contributed regular essays to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, and other national publications; and led two national think tanks. In 2001 the Bellingham, Washington, native returned to the Northwest to write a regular editorial-page column for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Van Dyk's memoirs contain many previously untold stories from an historic period of national politics, portray brilliant and not-so-brilliant leaders and ideas, and also illuminate politics' darker side. They bring to life the flawed realities and enduring opportunities of public policymaking in our time. "Van Dyk uses telling anecdotes to show what it was like to be part of the Humphrey, McGovern, and other liberal Democratic presidential campaigns from 1968 to 1992. Any Democrat who wants to rebuild the party for the future will do well to read this cautionary account. This is one of the best inside political accounts that I have read." - William Rorabaugh, author of Berkeley at War and Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties "Van Dyk provides valuable insights into, and newsworthy revelations about, the many important events he's been involved in and the many public figures he has been associated with, and their role in shaping the public policies of the late twentieth century." - Albert Eisele, Editor at Large, The Hill, and press secretary to former Vice President Walter Mondale
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Depression Kidsp. 3
Caught Up in the Cold Warp. 11
A New Generation Takes Overp. 16
Helping HHHp. 26
The Great Societyp. 35
Vietnam and Little Elsep. 43
1968p. 58
A Near Missp. 84
In Transitionp. 105
Crusade and Catastrophep. 122
Strange Presidents, Nixon and Carterp. 149
The Counterrevolution Proceedsp. 181
Storm Cleanup and a New Stormp. 204
A New Jacksonian Era, Part Onep. 227
A New Jacksonian Era, Part Twop. 237
Escape from the Capitalp. 245
A New Centuryp. 259
Not the Same Countryp. 267
Who Will Lead?p. 276
The Democratic Messagep. 279
Epiloguep. 287
Indexp. 292
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