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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553375547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553375541
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

In the sixties, David Mixner became an activist in the civil rights and anti-war movements, then emerged in the seventies as an influential Washington insider. Unknown to his comrades, he was also a closet homosexual, so scared of exposure he let hardly anyone know his secret. With good reason: when he came out in 1977 he lost a lot of his political clout. Undeterred he marched on a new crusade--gay liberation. He returned to national prominence as a political activist when he led a hugely successful drive in the gay community to elect his long-time friend Bill Clinton. That relationship, which has been bittersweet through Clinton's presidency, is one of the fascinating sidelights in this memoir of a radical life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mixner, an openly gay campaign strategist and fund-raiser for Bill Clinton, mobilized gay and lesbian support for Clinton's presidential race, so he felt a deep sense of betrayal when the President, his longtime friend, abandoned his promise to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military. This impassioned, absorbing memoir charts the gay and lesbian community's deteriorating relationship with the Clinton administration, as Mixner reveals how, as a senior adviser to the president, his public opposition on national television to Clinton's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military made him a pariah to the White House staff. Mixner, who grew up poor on a New Jersey farm, was active in the civil rights movement and was a leading anti-Vietnam War activist. His coming out, a long, difficult process, culminated in 1976 when, at age 30, he told his horrified parents he was gay. He writes movingly of his lover/business partner's death from AIDS, discusses his work as AIDS activist and campaign strategist for Clinton and George McGovern and muses on the pressures of being gay in a homophobic straight world.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Laurence Yep writes wonderful books and I can't wait to buy more.
Arcee Medicbot
It is easy to relate to David's pain and I was inspired to see what he did with that pain and to read about the many remarkable things he has done with this life.
Kate
It gives a deep sense of perspective to the political movements of the '60s and '70 that is just fascinating.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jimwbb@aol.com on September 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have always admired David's courage and dedication to his causes. I recently re-read this book and found it to be just as inspirational now as it was in 1996. It gives a deep sense of perspective to the political movements of the '60s and '70 that is just fascinating. It then paints a spellbinding portrait of the Gay Rights Movement. Most important, however, "Stranger" is a Profile in Courage of an extraordinary man who has helped all Americans who pursue "Liberty and Justice for ALL. I re-read "Stranger Among Friends" as I was completing my most recent book "Pathways to Inner Peace" and it gave me just what I was looking for -- a dose of courage to continue helping others. (Rev. Jim Webb, author of "Pathways to Inner Peace").
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Hunter on April 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this day of the modern Gay Rights Movement, no biography captures the true story of someone moderately simple, becoming the voice of a fantastic mission with true, heartfelt passion for the equality of gays and lesbians. Full of pathos, life lessons, screw-ups, ironies and inspiration that truly reflects the dichotomy of living as an evolving gay man during the sexual revolution, Reagan-Era AIDS, and the Clinton Era of Inclusion against the backdrop of a hidden sex life. I was glad to know this story!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1997
Format: Hardcover
A very interesting account of a political activist who staked his hopes on the Clinton presidency to write the executive order permitting gays in the military. He was instrumental in organizing the gay community
in support of the Clinton campaign. Intertwined in the political activism is Mixner's account of his own homophobia and his difficult times in coming to terms with his sexual orientation. A long time friend of Clinton, Mixner belived he would keep his promise to overturn the ban on gays in the military. The rest is history, including their former
rather close relationship.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kate on July 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I must say, this was one of the best books I've read in a while. It was just fascinating. It starts out describing David's childhood, goes onto his time in college, his antiwar activism, his many struggles with his homosexuality, finally with his coming out and becoming a gay activist, and then to his time spent working on the Clinton campaign all the way up to Clinton's innaguration. It's a very readable book, it draws you in from the first few pages and really keeps you wanting to know what will happen next in David's very exciting activist life. Another thing that kept me reading was I was dying to find out when he would finally come out. It is easy to relate to David's pain and I was inspired to see what he did with that pain and to read about the many remarkable things he has done with this life. I finished this book in a little over a week and wished there was more. I loved learning more about the political and activist worlds while at the same time learning about him. If you have any interest in politics, activism, AIDS, or gay and lesbian issues, or just like a good memoir, read this book. You'll like it :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book runs the gamet of female emotions and tells us words we've all familiar with. For me, this book was very familiar. I was left nodding in agreement after quite a few poems. There are quite a few excellent poems but they are sadly balanced by a few un-poetic attempts to run words together in a seemingly poetic way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. The poems range from spiritual to sensual. It is the best kind of present for that most special person.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By riley on November 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
ribbons- a book that on the surface seems simple. a gifted young dancer, robin, must stop dancing because of money problems, which are caused by her grandmother. some people may say this is a grandmother-grandaughter story but it isn't at all. it is another way to show injustice and tragedy. this book made me cry from the unfairness of it all, and the amazing thing about this book is this: whereas most sad books are entirely realistic, this one could happen very easily. the reality of it, and the robin's brave, bright, innocent hope in the midst of true sadness is what makes you cry. for while she is deeply upset with her mother and grandmother for reasons very justified, she sill loves, respects, and obeys them. this might confuse some readers, or make them angry, but for me...while i thought that i would never put up with that, yep somehow managed to put all the pain and suffering into words, and thats what makes you cry- the emotion that comes through. you must read this...while it is a tear-jerker, it somehow leaves you with a good feeling, and a sense o resolve.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
There is something about reading that which you can relate to that is inherently beautiful. I found that some of these poems were really beautiful and quite well done. However, I was slightly disappointed that more weren't so. Some of them seemed rushed without thought or edit. Although you may not agree...the only way to judge is to read the book yourself. There isn't any harm in it. We lesbians should read and support all lesbian writing.
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