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In 1985, newly elected North Carolina governor Jim Martin met with Tennessee governor Lamar Alexander, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and six other Republican leaders to map out a strategy for making the GOP competitive in state and local elections, particularly in the South. That the strategy this group developed has succeeded shows Martin's under-appreciated role as a catalyst for political change in North Carolina and beyond. This book chronicles the life and political career of Martin, North Carolina's first two-term Republican governor. Before his election to that job in 1984, Martin served 12 years in Congress and six years on the Mecklenburg County Commission. He began his professional career as a professor of chemistry at Davidson College. During his long political career, Martin often led the way in showing his fellow Republicans that political pragmatism could work hand-in-hand with fiscal conservatism. Along the way, his career has intersected with such notable figures as Richard Nixon, Jesse Helms, Jim Hunt, Ralph Nader, Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Dole. In Catalyst, we follow Martin from his days in the 1960s as chairman of the first Republican-majority commission in North Carolina's most-populous county to his 2012 role in investigating scandals at the University of North Carolina.

About the Author

John Hood is the Chairman of the Board at the John Locke Foundation, where he served as President for almost 20 years. His syndicated column appears weekly in 60 North Carolina newspapers with a combined circulation of nearly 700,000. He currently writes the Free & Clear column on politics and business for Business North Carolina magazine and appears weekly on the statewide talk show NC SPIN. He lives in Raleigh, N.C.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John F. Blair, Publisher (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895876574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895876577
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Old colleague John Hood has written another excellent book, this time on North Carolina politics during a time when I was cutting my teeth. I was lucky enough to work for Governor Martin during college and after and work on his two gubernatorial campaigns. I lived this and wanted to see what Hood had to say.

He brought back some great memories, when NC Republicans tried harder and we worked to build our party. Back then, there were only two factions in our party, the Christian conservative (social conservatives) and the moderates. I found myself with feet in both camps. Today, the Christian conservatives are not as active and the former Libertarians are coming in, and bringing new people with them. It's a new ballgame, and not bad, just different. It makes me hunger for those old days.

Hood also brought up some facts of which I was not aware and there are a number of new findings in this interesting read. If you are an NC political junkie like me, you'll find this book hard to put down. I'm not quite finished but so far, I'm impressed. Hood did his research.

I highly recommend. Thank you, John Hood!
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Enjoyed this well written and detailed overview of Governor Martin's terms. Author Hood is dead-on with the description of Martin as a "catalyst," but equally deft in chronicling Governor Martin's qualifications as a dedicated public servant and seasoned elected official well before he was elected governor. We sometimes forget that he started at the intensive local levels of government. Must admit my bias: I worked for Governor Martin for seven years over two terms as press secretary and communications director. I joined him straight out of the press corps.. He was among the most honorable men I've worked with and I still greatly admire his record and his personal vision. As a Republican governor, he was short-changed by traditional media outlets during his terms, but that bias and limited perspective has shifted dramatically in the past 20 years as NC grew more urban and sophisticated. Many of the deeply biased publishers of that period, particularly at the News & Observer, are long gone, thank goodness. History will judge the Governor favorably. I hope this book enjoys the same long ride.
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The book not only gives a great biography of Jim Martin, but also places the man and his administration in the context of NC politics in the 1990s as well as shows how the Jim Martin administration led to the developments in the NC Republican Party to where the GOP now leads all three branches of state government.
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John Hood gives us a fascinating look at one of the more underrated politicians of the last half of the 20th Century. Jim Martin deservedly will go down in history as one of North Carolina's greatest governors, for which this book makes a convincing case.
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Outstanding look at the life of Jim Martin and the transition of North Carolina politics. Extremely well written.
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