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A Lifelong Affair: My Passion for People and Politics Hardcover – August 21, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Francis Press; First Edition edition (August 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966505182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966505184
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This captivating memoir by the wife of the late Idaho senator Frank Church captures the essence of what life was like when, in 1957, as a young couple, the Churches established themselves among the Washington elite and when, later, they fought battles, large and small, both in and out of the political arena. Relating her story simply and sincerely, Church acknowledges that she "was hardly the classic senator's wife. I have often described my life in Washington as like Cinderella's: I was either cleaning the fireplace or going to the ball." Although Church's role as a senator's wife demanded active participation in Washington's social circles, she did more than play hostess; with her political acuity (she was fascinated with politics from her school days), she often advised her husband in matters of state, earning the affectionate nickname "the third Senator from Idaho." 16 page photo insert.
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. . . offers vivid sidelights on history from a senatorial wife with an unconquerable zest for life and for politics. -- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian

This book is the real deal. It describes politics as it is really played. . . It's also a wonderful love story -- Cokie Roberts, ABC News

Touching and poignant, filled with memorable insights not only into politics but into human nature. . . a simply wonderful book. -- Robert A. Caro, author "Master of the Senate"

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Alderson on November 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If politics is getting you down, read this book. It recalls a time when thoughtful problem-solving and bipartisan collaboration were practiced by elected officials. Bethine Church's memoir takes us from agrarian Idaho in the first half of the 20th Century to Washington DC at the end of the century, showing how politics changed with the years. The author's father was a Governor of Idaho; her husband, the late Frank Church, was a prominent U.S. Senator; and she herself was a lifelong political strategist and campaigner. The author shows how politics can be a noble art that serves the public, and she reveals something of the courage and wit a politician needs to survive in the public arena.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By English Major on September 18, 2003
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Capturing the life Frank & Bethine Church lived and the love they shared in Washington, in their home state and in the World, Bethine reveals much about the strength,character & comlexities of our country---then and now. She entertains us & gives us hope for the future of America. So perhaps we we need to pay attention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 14, 2003
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A Lifelong Affair: My Passion For People And Politics is the autobiography of Bethine Church, so-called "Third Senator from Idaho" due to her lasting influence, and the widow of Idaho Senator Frank Church. Reflections on her personal life, cogent observations on specific chapters of American history (including the Vietnam War), as well as the powerful love story of her marriage (including her husband's battle with cancer) fill the pages of this "reader involving" life story of a remarkable and politically active woman.
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By Linda K. Hoover on October 3, 2014
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an amazing woman who was a part of the US political scene for many years.
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