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A Political Education: A Washington Memoir Paperback – 1994

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"... one of the best books on life in Washington to have been published in this century." "One of the most illuminating political memoirs of our time." "There is in the book the poise and quiet passion of a man who sees the absurdities of politics and politicians and who still believes this nation can be governed for good ends." "A first-rate book ... as 'literary' in the best sense as it is political." "If you will imagine a compound of Rousseau, Henry Adams, and East Texas, you will have some sense of the dimensions and the pleasures of this extraordinary book." A native Texan, Harry McPherson went to Washington in 1956 as an assistant to Senate Majority Leader Johnson, serving subsequently in key posts under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He is now a senior partner of a Washington law firm.

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A native Texan, Harry McPherson went to Washington in 1956 as an assistant to Senate Majority Leader Johnson, serving subsequently in key posts under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He is now a senior partner of a Washington law firm.
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  • Paperback: 515 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292751818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292751811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Glober on August 17, 2004
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This is an excellent look at how D.C. works from the inside. If you ever wanted to know why passing a bill isn't as simple as what you learned in high school govt., this is the best description of the human element in politics that I have ever read. The author vividly describes how the people and pressures in Washington create the practical (rather than ideal) government which leads the U.S. I would recommend this book to anyone with even the slightest interest in US politics. It is slightly dated (and thus a good history book for the 50's and 60's), but that doesn't hurt its value to the current reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Bartz on October 26, 2014
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I would label this as a "must read" because of how it reveals how our government operates from the "inside". If you wonder
why some strange things occur in Washington, this book informs you how they can happen. Most helpful to me was how
Harry McPherson, a liberal Democrat, reveals his soul together with his efforts to bring his convictions into reality. As a somewhat
more conservative thinker, I found it a sobering, almost chilling, lesson. For this reason I would highly recommend conservative
thinkers read this book. You'll get a true look into the mind of a liberal.........................Thanks Harry!
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