The first part of the book explains Wellstone's unlikely ascension to the Senate (he was once a college professor), and some of his campaign war stories are fun reading for political junkies. One of the most amusing passages describes how he once nearly clocked New York Republican Alfonse D'Amato over a disagreement: "When the train reached the Senate chamber, I jumped out and lunged forward, intending to catch D'Amato and deck him. My body was shaking with uncontrollable anger." Another senator held him back, and Wellstone calmed down.
The bulk of The Conscience of a Liberal, however, is given over to laying out a political agenda that includes universal health care, reversing welfare reforms, prekindergarten education, raising the minimum wage, and campaign-finance reform. He closes with a call for a new politics: "This is not a conservative America.... There is a huge leadership void in this country that the Democratic Party, emboldened by political courage and a commitment to the issues that made our party great, can fill." Sadly, one of the politicians who helped fill that void is now gone himself. Still, his ideas live on. --John J. Miller
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I never did get to thank Senator Wellstone. By the time I was old enough to travel to some event where I might meet him, he was gone. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is not only insightful into what it takes to become and stay a Senator, Wellstone gives incredible insight into how legislation is passed. Read morePublished 20 months ago by zack Armstrong
I went into this book expecting the liberal version of The Conscience of a Conservative. I wanted a fair defense of liberal values and ideas so that I could understand the other... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by Dan
Full Disclosure: Huge Paul Krugman fan. Read several of his books and can't seem to ever disagree with him! Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Grant Beehler
For every good and fair minded person to read. It really opened my eyes.Published on November 4, 2007 by Irene Smith
I am disappointed in this book. I expected something more philosophical and/or well written. I admire Wellstone's work as a politician but find his writing rather mediocre. Read morePublished on August 18, 2006 by KATE VANHORN
I was a great admirer of Paul Wellstone ever since the fall of 1990. Although I have lived in Minnesota since 2001, in 1990 I was a college sophomore in another state who was... Read morePublished on April 28, 2006 by Lams712
This is the type of feel good no meat and potatos thinking that permiates the liberal left. An agenda designed to fail from start to finish because the author refuses to accept... Read morePublished on February 8, 2005 by H. Walsh