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What you need to know about the most powerful man in the Republican Party

 

Featuring previously unpublished photographs, the paperback edition of Republican Leader provides an engrossing inside look at the nation’s highest-ranking Republican. Kentucky political columnist John David Dyche sheds light on Senator Mitch McConnell’s unlikely rise and his role as the lead man in the opposition to President Barack Obama and the Democrats. The paperback edition will include a special photo insert featuring many previously unpublished images.

 

“An enlightening look at the Republicans’ last line of defense against the Obama juggernaut.” —National Review Online

 

Takes the measure of this remarkable man.” —George F. Will

 

“It’s a great story and Dyche tells it brilliantly. Republican Leader is enormously engaging, insightful, and fun to read.” —Fred Barnes

 

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John David Dyche is a native of London, Kentucky, and a graduate of Centre College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected marshal of his class. A practicing lawyer, he writes a political column for the Louisville Courier-Journal, provides political commentary for Kentucky Educational Television, and has published articles in the Weekly Standard, among other periodicals.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1 edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935191594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935191599
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Hasler on July 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The author, a Harvard-educated Louisville attorney, has written a somewhat interesting account of McConnell's political life. There's very little serious political or economic analysis and it's critical pretty much only when McConnell (in pre-publication interviews) is critical of his own past actions. However it's still a good addition to the paltry material about the Minority leader who has been so highly effective in keeping his caucus together and in spearheading much of the opposition to the Obama administration. It's a shame that there's so little detailed objectivity, though. If Dyche had spent more time interviewing past political foes, and digging deeper, he'd have produced a far better book. This is what you'd expect a son to write about his father. Interesting, fascinating in places ... but overall a shallow, somewhat pedestrian book. McConnell deserves better. Republican Leader: A Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell The Senate of the Roman Republic
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Leader McConnell deserves a well-written biography. This is a good start, but it's a way too simplistic read.
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By Jan F. Soapes on December 28, 2014
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A very honest look at the political process in the career
Of the senior senator from Kentucky.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annette E. Tierney on September 10, 2009
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As a former Louisville native and a former Democrat, reading Republican Leader was like going back 15 years and revisiting the names and issues of Jefferson County and Kentucky/National Politics. Democrats were jealous of McConnell because he was an effective politician. His signature political passions led to more efficient Metro government at the state level and the ongoing debate on campaign finance reform (or not!) at the National level. The sub-text of this biography is that Kentucky Democrats both fear and respect the McConnell political machine. Even better, the respect is apparently mutual.
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