Praise for Life Among the Cannibals
"Worth reading because it might be a long time (if ever) before somebody so unarguably knowledgeable will exercise such candor about partisan American politics.”
--Philadelphia Daily News
"Specter ... offers his knowledgeable, withering critique of brutal partisanship in national politics."
"A highly readable battle cry from the moderate center—and timely, given the tenor of politics today."
“A remarkable work, as Specter courageously chastises the Republican Party for its fixation on litmus tests. Specter -- a veteran Republican who left the party in April 2009 -- is right to warn of the risks posed to America by hyper-partisanship. … An impassioned call for the return of moderation to the party.”
--D.R. Tucker, The Huffington Post
Praise for Never Give In
“Written in Senator Specter's trademark candor, Never Give In is a compelling tale of survival---both personal and political---from one of the Senate’s most independent voices.”
--Vice President Joe Biden
“Never Give In brims with the singular tenacity and humor that have characterized Arlen Specter’s nearly thirty years in the United States Senate. This book is both an entertaining read and an unflinching account of the experience of fighting an intensely personal battle on a highly public stage.”
--Michael J. Fox
“He knows a thing or two about illness and politics. It's a hell of a read.”
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 forthcoming novel The Accomplice as well as coauthor, with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, of the forthcoming 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.
This is a notable political autobiography. It covers the career of Pennsylvania's longest serving U.S. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leon L 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 23 months ago 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
The graphic examples that Senator Spector gives of his colleagues at the "Congressional Gym" was out and out creepy. A little too much information for me .... I felt like vomiting! Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Pal Val