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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803210752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803210752
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Senator Hagel has earned a reputation as an independent-minded Republican, challenging President Bush on the need to go to war in Iraq and other foreign-policy issues. Whether he can parlay that independence into a successful bid for the presidency is one of the questions addressed by journalism professor Berens in this biography. Drawing on interviews with Hagel and his friends, family, colleagues, and opponents, as well as media coverage, Berens offers a portrait of a man from humble beginnings who is now used to success. She recounts his childhood in Nebraska and his service in Vietnam along with a younger brother, who eventually opposed the war, while Hagel was more critical of its outcome but not its purpose. Berens recalls Hagel's business success and political career and notes the constant comparison to fellow Vietnam vet Senator John McCain. She also explores controversies that have been raised and will be raised again if Hagel decides to run for president. Readers keeping an eye on the next presidential election will appreciate this profile of a possible contender. Vanessa Bush
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"After reading Charlyne Berens's very thorough study of Chuck Hagel, I am more than ever proud to call this fearless, outspoken, passionate, and principled man 'friend.' Choosing conscience over conformity, he represents the best of bipartisanship and patriotism."--Bob Kerrey, President of The New School and former U.S. Senator "Charlyne Berens's terrific biography brings Chuck Hagel's straight-shooting, courageous character to life. The Senator is one of a kind on Capitol Hill, and Berens's book leaves the reader waiting to witness the next chapter in Hagel's remarkable political career."--John D. Podesta, President of the Center for American Progress and Chief of Staff to former President Bill Clinton "In writing the first full-dress biography of Senator Chuck Hagel, Charlyne Berens has illuminated the experiences of a major contemporary public figure. Her honest and readable account of Hagel's personal life and career in politics is certain to be the definitive work on the subject."--Ross K. Baker, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carl H. Hanson on May 7, 2007
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Chuck Hagel, the independently-minded Nebraska Senator, is a interesting and patriotic man. From the hard-working days of his youth, to his service in Vietnam, Hagel works hard to make this a better world. Charlyne Berens tells an interesting story of a man who came from simple and fundamentally sound roots to become a US Senator and possible candidate for President. Chuck Hagel is the salt of the earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol M. on March 4, 2013
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Certainly a pro-American Secretary of Defense for a change who doesn't want to bomb countries all over the world for the good of foreign countries.
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By eagerstudent on January 21, 2013
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This books has one chapter I was very interested in and that is the Viet Nam Chapter.
Why he went to war - what he learnt and how he has used what he learnt in his life
and how its shaped the man who will now be US Secretary of Defence.
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It would however have been far better if he had written the book himself.
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that is all
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Bente Petersen
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By Renee Marie on November 3, 2014
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Gosh, Chuckee sure had the hap-hap-happiest childhood ever! Reads like a Normal Rockwell storybook. Christmas gatherings with his whole extended family must be extra special! And fortunately for his brothers, Chuck's rich enough to lend them cash, if they run out of money for dog food or etc.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By qrnow on January 10, 2013
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I must strongly question the 1st review of this book which portrays Chuck as someone who has risen through his own efforts. Hagel is a long term member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Rockefeller as Honorary Chairman organization that dominates Presidential cabinet appointments and our foreign policy of continual war. This, of course, feeds the "too big to fail" banks all of which are Corporate members of the CFR. Hagel has and is getting a lot of help with career moves because the banks help those they own and they own Chuck.

Chuck is being installed to continue the policy of war that profits the banks the most since they continuously profit from debt. I don't buy this white washed portrayal of humble Chuck working his way to the top. Just like Obama he is another puppet being installed to do his master's bidding, the international financiers who run the Federal Reserve cartel.

I wonder if the book mentions that Chuck voted for the Patriot Act, the Senate Joint Resolution 23 (which authorized all "necessary and appropriate U.S. military force" against those whom the president determined "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11 attacks), for the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and its extensions.

However, the biography does note that Chuck defends "internationalism" as justification for America's continued empire building around the world. Globalist governance controlled by international financiers through central banks like the Federal Reserve and the UN.

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