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Ella Grasso: Connecticut's Pioneering Governor (The Driftless Connecticut Series & Garnet Books) Hardcover – November 6, 2012


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  • Series: The Driftless Connecticut Series & Garnet Books
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; First Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819573434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819573438
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“(A) wonderfully detailed biography about the remarkable state leader, the first woman elected governor of any state in her own right and a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Freedom. … The book provides great insight to Grasso's career and mindset…”—Ray Bendici, Connecticut Magazine

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“Ella Grasso was a woman of great character—dedicated, principled, warm and generous. Jon Purmont’s biography gives us a rich portrait of the woman who became a role model for so many.” (Walter F. Mondale)

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By Elaine Burkman on October 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It was one of the worst books I have ever read. Too bad, I was a big fan of Ella Grasso and expected more than I got from the book.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Daly on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great disappointment.
The years as governor are treated only from a political standpoint, not talking about the actions as governor.
For instance her actions against the state employees in 1976 led to the unionization of state employees.
She also ran against the utility companies and was one of the major reasons when CL&P went in for a rate increase, but got a decrease. The third Millstone 3 unit's in-service date was first pushed up from 1978 to 1980, then to 1982, and finally to 1986. The delay in the Millstone unit, along with inflation and regulatory requirements, increased its cost from $400 million to $2.49 billion. The caused high electric rates in Connecticut for decades.
Not a balanced book. Try another bio of Ella, say Ella: A Biography of Ella Grasso by Susan Bysiewicz.
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