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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

“Working with Arlen for many years on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have witnessed firsthand his spirited battles on the political stage. Even while confronting his physical trials, Senator Specter continued to be a great asset to Pennsylvania, the Senate, and our country. Highlighted by insight that only Arlen could provide, Never Give In portrays a life of courage and fortitude.” ―Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

“Understanding Arlen Specter's steely endurance is a key to understanding his success in the Senate and in life. Look up tenacity in the dictionary and you'll find Arlen's picture. Trial by fire has tempered him and made him stronger, and wiser.” ―Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee)

“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. Riding the train home with him now for almost 25 years, I count Arlen among my closest friends in the Senate. The words courageous and inspiring hardly do him justice - but trust me, he is both.” ―Senator Joe Biden (D-DE)

“I've been privileged to work side by side with Arlen for over 18 years. While I respect his intelligence and honesty, and value his friendship, perhaps most of all I have admired his toughness in the face of adversity. He just never gives up.” ―Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

About the Author

Senator Arlen Specter is Pennsylvania's senior senator. First elected in 1980, he is now serving his fifth term. Throughout his Senate career, he has served on the Judiciary Committee, which he chaired in the 109th Congress (2005--2007) and continues to serve as its ranking member. Among his many other Senate duties, he is also a former chairman and current ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Frank J. Scaturro is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has served as counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee on Senator Specter's staff, where he specializes in judicial nominations and constitutional law issues. He is the author of President Grant Reconsidered and The Supreme Court's Retreat from Reconstruction: A Distortion of Constitutional Jurisprudence and coauthor of Public Companies.

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  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00166GNTE
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The best autobiography inspires us to do better ourselves, as well as illuminating why people act the way they do and their influence on others. By this standard, this continuation of the story of the life of Arlen Specter deserves a read by anyone interested in the world-shaping recent events in which Senator Specter was a key player. More importantly, like autobiographies of his hero, Winston Churchill, Specter's book argues that the most constructive response to adversity is to fight it with all the strength you can muster. Few will have to confront political and military trials like Churchill's, but most of us can learn a powerful lesson from Specter's health trials, and his forceful response to them.

Diagnosed with advanced Hodgkins Disease cancer in 2004 after a grueling re-election campaign, many who didn't know Specter assumed that he would soon disappear from the Washington scene, one way or another. Even those who knew of his energetic response to earlier serious health threats thought that his luck had run out. They were wrong; Specter made his own luck. If possible, he worked even harder during his very public chemotherapy, a campaign that he credits with his beating the odds of recovery.

Specter's brand of moderate Republicanism guarantees that everyone disagrees with him on some things. The one constitutent letter I have written him urged him (fruitlessly) not to to support the appalling nomination of Alberto Gonzales to be Attorney General. But the world needs more men of principle like Senator Specter, and I'll bet that the next challenge he faces will be handled in the same brave way that he faced the ones in this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles T. Robbins on April 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm somewhat biased, as a former staffer and co-author for Sen. Specter, but Never Give In is a terrific read and an important work. This first-hand account of a solon's battle with cancer offers expert advice on combating deadly disease, an inside view of the highest levels of government and politics, and timeless insight into the human spirit. All the more rare and revealing -- and courageous -- from a senior U.S. Senator, who operates in a world in which any personal detail is potential fodder for critics and opponents. My 10 years working for and with Sen. Specter gave me the equivalent of a PhD in politics, government and life. Readers can get a good chunk of that value in this one volume.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Pennsylvania on April 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As we enter a period of all-politics, all-the-time tv, this is a good break from the usual talking heads. Senator Specter provides a behind the scenes look at the Senate--from whence the presidential nominees spring. In addition to an inspiring story of battling cancer, and of the life and death struggles of other senators and their families, are memorable vignettes about the politics of judicial nominations, senate committee campaigining, and medical misdiagnoses of terminal illness---all stirred with dry wit and frank discussion of illness and fate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Andersen on April 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful read.. it has been a long time since i've found a book that I could not put down. It is so interesting to see Senator Specter's relationships with his family and other members of Congress. The detailed exchanges with Senators Biden, Harkin, and Coburn provide a rare look into the camaraderie of our elected officials-- something that cannot be found on CSPAN 2. I highly recommend this book to anyone who knows someone battling cancer or anyone who has an interest in politics. I hope he writes another one in the near future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LEON L CZIKOWSKY on November 23, 2008
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Cancer survivor and cancer battler Arlen Specter has written a book of optimism from the viewpoint of one who can see cancer as both a political issue and a personal struggle. He sees the growing number of people affected directly and indirectly by cancer and other serious diseases as forming a movement demanding that cures be found. The National Institute of Health, which has been strongly supported by Senator Specter, is working with research universities and pharmaceutical companies to find these cures.

Senator Specter recalls how President Nixon declared war on cancer. He frets how, if only we had devoted the resources towards health care research as we did towards war, we probably would have won the war on cancer by now.

The National Institute of Health, followed closely behind by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are among the best of all Federal agencies, according to Senator Specter. He is proud to have been a leader, along with allies such as Sen. Tom Harkin, in the fight to increase NIH funding on medical research from $3.6 billion in 1981 to $11.2 billion in 1994 and to $29.1 billion in 2006. Progress have emerged directly from these projects on combating heart disease, cancer, AIDS, stroke, and many other leading health problems. Millions of lives have been improved.

Arlen Specter writes of the shock of being told he has cancer. The mind has many questions, of one's mortality, of chances, and how it will change one's life. It is also traumatic having already been told once before he had cancer, underwent operations, and told in a misdiagnose he was soon to die.
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