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Grassroots: The Autobiography of George McGovern Hardcover – January 1, 1977


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  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394419413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394419411
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George McGovern served in the U.S. Senate for 18 years and was the 1972 Democratic candidate for president. He directed the first Food for Peace Program under former president John F. Kennedy. A decorated World War II bomber pilot (Distinguished Flying Cross), he holds a PhD in history from Northwestern University and is a former professor at Dakota Wesleyan University. He was named by former president Bill Clinton in 1997 as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization. In 2000, he was awarded by Clinton the nation's highest honor, the Medal of Freedom. He divides his time among South Dakota, Montana, and Florida.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerhardt J. Steinke on February 9, 2013
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George McGovern's life continues to fascinate students of American History.

While not free from human failings, he will go down in history as a great American.

A first read of Grassroots has caused me to revise my views of several American public figures such L.B. Johnson and Herbert Humphrey. Not that history will look kindly upon them. But don't get me started on Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon.

Although son of a Methodist minister, McGovern did not wear his religious tradition on his sleeve. Also quite unlike several "Chicken Hawks" of the last decade, George McGovern demonstrated extraordinary valor as an Army Air Corps pilot while he miraculously survived 35 missions over occupied Europe during 1944-45. The average "life span" for pilots at that time was about seven weeks! Richard Milhous Nixon had a WW II desk job, a safe distance from combat. McGovern's service evokes memories of the "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer" song so popular on the radio at that time.

Although a serious student of region, George McGovern was always free of popular pious hypocritical proclamations so misused by U.S. Presidents of the 21st Century.

His 1946-1953 Academic career led to his being a History Professor at Northwestern and Dakota Wesleyan. His Grassroots Autobiography covers his political career until 1977 when he was only 55. Far too early for a man who would lived another 35 years.

Although GRASSROOTS deserves five stars, it is unfortunate that it was written too early to cover "The Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, Dietary Goals for the United States." (Often called The McGovern Committee Report). Those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it. The above report merits much further study.
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George McGovern - My family had a long friendship with Senator McGovern and his family. My father and step-mother attended college with him, and he was a frequent guest in our home. As a Young Democrat, I followed his career in government service. When he retired, I appreciated the fact that he consistently served our country as a representative to the world. His leadership reminded me that we all have work to do as citizens and the needs of others are paramount in our personal task of making our country and the world a better place.
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