SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER, son of Jewish immigrants, grew up in Kansas, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, served as an editor of the law journal at the Yale Law School, and was a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. As an Assistant Counsel to the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of President Kennedy, he developed the Single Bullet Theory. As Philadelphia District Attorney, he created a national model for the modern prosecutor's office, sought life sentences for career criminals and realistic rehabilitation for first offenders, and trail-blazed prosecutions for police brutality. During thirty years in the U.S. Senate, he served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the Intelligence Committee, the Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. He presided over the confirmation hearings of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, and his questioning of Judge Robert Bork, by many accounts, prompted the Senate to reject Bork's nomination. He led successful efforts to triple funding for the National Institutes of Health. In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the Ten-Best Senators. He currently practices law in Philadelphia, lectures at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and recently hosted a pilot of PBS's Arlen Specter's The Whole Truth, a public-affairs television program that cuts to the heart of the day's toughest national political issues.
CHARLES ROBBINS served as Senator Specter's communications director in his Senate office and on his presidential campaign. He is the author of the novel The Accomplice as well as coauthor, with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, of The U.S. Senate, and coauthor of Senator Specter's Passion for Truth. A former newspaper reporter and Navy reserve officer, he is a graduate of Princeton University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the master of fine arts program at Queens University of Charlotte. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Arlen Specter was a traitor and muderer after the fact. Rot in HellPublished 8 months ago by Heaven's May Fall
This is a notable political autobiography. It covers the career of Pennsylvania's longest serving U.S. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
Well written and thought-provoking. No towing the party line for this man, which I greatly admire. A thinking man and woman's politician. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Mystery Lover
I read this book hoping to get a better understanding of what was happening in current politics and why. It failed to shed much light here. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Marsha S
if you read most of these "reviews" it's obvious that the people have not read the book, they hate Spector because he left the party. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Ordinary citizen
right on, Arlen! Check out his interview on Cspan Booktv.org, he does a very good description of the right wing fanatics and bullies in Congress who prevent rational debate and... Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by nonamespecified
This is a book you will be mad at your self for having spent the money on to read it. You should be paid for reading it. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Susan M
this book is interminably boring with a fixation on squash that borders on vegetable, as Senator Packwood's dubious play gets more time than his reputation as the "tongue. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by CD in DC
On the one hand I must grudgingly congratulate Mr. Specter for his bold stand in writing this book describing the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by trapeze