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A Man of His Word: The Life and Times of Nevada's Senator William J. Raggio 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The first section of the book, which covers a time period that actually pre-dates the birth of Bill Raggio, is a fascinating history of early Nevada that would be well worth the read and price alone.
The second section of the book covers Raggio's youth. This was the only section in the book that didn't feel like it had a multitude of sources, and to some extent felt a little like a dictation by Raggio. Given Raggio's age, and the fact that the influential teachers and friends may have passed away, this was understandable. Still it was the weak spot in the book and the only place where there was a little "drag" to the 600 page book.
The third section covers Raggio's time as Washoe County District Attorney and his interactions with the administration of President Richard Nixon. This covers everything from murder trials to the on-going struggle for the soul of reno known as Raggio v. Conforte. (I am glad that Raggio won!). This was very well written, very well sourced by a multitude of archival records and interviews, and really fascinating reading.
The fourth section covers Raggio's time as a State Senator in chapters covering each biennium. This was also very well sourced from archival and interview research. It was interesting to see how the debates in Nevada have changed--and not changed sometimes--over the past 40 years. It also had a good description of Governors past, present, and future (maybe) in the book.
This book is only $4.99 and was one of the best books I read this year. It is a history of Nevada and Reno. And, to some degree because of Raggio's cooperation, a guide map to future leaders of Nevada. A history where people can ascertain what worked--and more importantly what didn't work--in the past, so we don't have government do too much...or worse, do the wrong thing. Excellent book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew up in Reno and later had the opportunity to know the Senator and his wife Dale personally. This book was great reading and filled in the details of a lot of events I knew... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dennis P Diullo