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"Beth Boosalis Davis has drawn on personal memory, thirty-five interviews, and voluminous scrapbooks collected by her father, Mike Boosalis, to chronicle her mother's career. The result is an intimate look at one of Nebraska's best known and most effective politicians during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s."—James E. Potter, Nebraska History
(James E. Potter Nebraska History)

"A true pioneer in American politics, Helen Boosalis moved from being a housewife and volunteer to being elected the first female mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1975—then she became a nationally prominent advocate for troubled U.S. cities. Her inspiring story is told through the eyes of her daughter."—AARP The Magazine
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"An informed and loving tribute of a daughter to her mother."—Mike Steinman, Lincoln Journal Star
(Mike Steinman Lincoln Journal Star 2008-09-07)

"Preview glance at Beth Boosalis Davis’ book, Mayor Helen Boosalis: My Mother’s Life in Politics, suggests this is an exceptional work, carefully crafted, well-researched and engagingly written."—Don Walton, Lincoln Journal Star
(Don Walton Lincoln Journal Star 2008-06-30)

"While the book will be of greatest interest to people who have lived in Lincoln, who have known [Helen Boosalis] personally or by her reputation over the decades, it is so well-done that even those who have not known her should find her story compelling. Her daughter, Beth, who lives in Evanston, Illinois, and who was a member of the Evanston City Council, has written a loving and careful tribute to her—I guess you have to say—amazing mother."—Charles Stephen, All About Books
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"For readers interested in Nebraska’s local politics and how it may have changed between then and now, the book offers a wealth of information to contemplate. . . . This book is well worth reading for its insights into the national and local political scene in the second half of the 20th century, for its insights into local political interactions, and for its descriptions of the interaction between political activity and family."—Chris Beutler, Prairie Fire
(Chris Beutler Prairie Fire 2008-11-01)

About the Author

Beth Boosalis Davis is the daughter of former Lincoln mayor and gubernatorial candidate Helen Boosalis. She has practiced law in both the private and the public sectors, was executive director of the National Lekotek Center for children with disabilities, and serves on the boards of Carleton College, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Illinois Arts Council, and First Bank & Trust. Davis lives in Evanston, Illinois, where she was elected and served ten years on the city council.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr; First Edition edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803217404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803217409
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,356,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Leventhal on September 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This biography is a vivid description of an outstanding leader of our country. The author paints a loving picture of her mother's life. The subject matter is very timely in an election year. The book provides a comprehensive view of the inner workings of politics. Reading this beautifully written biography is like walking through the history of our country in the last thirty five years. This delightful book should be read by all.
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