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I'll Never Forget It: Memoirs of a Political Accident from East Baltimore Hardcover – 2010

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In this frank and unadorned memoir, Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel leads us through the story of his life, from his childhood in East Baltimore to his baseball days at the University of Maryland, to law school, the House of Delegates, and the governor's office. Mandel explains how a combination of conviction and serendipity landed him in some quite intriguing situations. Marylanders can now have a more intimate look at this fascinating life. Each step of his personal life and political career, Mandel forged lasting relationships with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. This ability to connect with constituents as well as those in his closer circles served him well throughout his astonishing career. Mandel garnered many fans on both sides of the aisle as he forged policies with great commitment and persuasion. Looking ahead, Mandel hopes that today's lawmakers can take a few lessons from his own governorship and reach past party lines to create sound policy, especially in attempting to balance the state budget. As Mandel's life saga unfolds in these pages, readers will discover unique aspects of Maryland politics and law-making and conclude with a fresh perspective on Maryland and U.S. history.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: The Maryland Public Policy Ins; Stated First Edition edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975575635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975575635
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeremy Lott (1978- ) was born in Modesto, California, and traveled north along the West Coast for much of his life, with extended stops in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. After accidentally graduating from Trinity Western University, he went to work for several magazines and think tanks. His work has appeared in well over 100 publications in America, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.K. including the National Post, Australian Financial Review, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Politico, and the American Prospect. Lott is a contributing editor to Books & Culture and author of two books, The Warm Bucket Brigade and In Defense of Hypocrisy. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, and Lynden, Washington.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cary B. Barad on July 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A slender, fast moving memoir that will appeal primarily to those nostalgia buffs who might appreciate reliving some of the major events of the mid-twentieth century political scene in the Baltimore and/or Maryland areas. A set of interesting photos is included, along with humorous accounts of the many personalities and characters who played a role in the author's political development.

This is not a slick or polished narrative, but one that seems to speak with a genuine voice and feel. In fact, the author seems surprisingly candid regarding his accomplishments and liabilities--including a brief account of his well-publicized divorce. Much space is also given over to the legal entanglments he underwent, and he appends the text of those legal documents which overturned his judicial conviction and imprisonment
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