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The Thunder and the Sunshine: Four Seasons in a Burnished Life Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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"By continuing to follow his passion for the scholarly analysis of foreign and public policy issues, Gary Hart has risen from late-night punchline to elder statesman..." —Examiner.com
About the Author
Douglas Brinkley: Dr. Douglas Brinkley previously served as director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization and Professor of History at Tulane University. In July 2007, he joined RICE University and the James Baker Institute for public Policy.
Four of Dr. Brinkley’s biographies have been selected as New York Times "Notable Books of the Year": Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years (1992), Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal, with Townsend Hoopes (1992), The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House (1998), and Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress (2003). And three more recent publications have become New York Times best-sellers: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc; Ronald Reagan, D-Day and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion (2005), Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War (2004) and Parish Priest: Father McGivney and American Catholicism (2006). His most recent publications include a two-volume edition of Ronald Reagan’s unpublished White House diaries and The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.
Dr. Brinkley is contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review, and American Heritage. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic Monthly.
He lives in Austin Texas with his wife Anne and two children Benton and Johnny.
Top Customer Reviews
There are anecdotes related in this book that had me laughing out loud, including one involving an Italian prison and another involving Soviet Premier Brezhnev's prescription medications. Senator Hart owns up to somewhat of a mischievous streak in the telling of both. There are also episodes involving missed opportunities (by the Reagan Administration) to make historic inroads to peace in troubled global hot spots at a time when pro-active US involvement could have been a game-changer.
Senator Hart's viewpoint has always been thought-provoking and unique; he continues to demonstrate those qualities here, but in a way that shows a much greater willingness to discuss personal thoughts and feelings and to display his own wry sense of humor than he has shown in past writings.
I devoured this book in a few days, enjoyed it tremendously, and recommend it absolutely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting to read about his ventures and travels after he retired from the Senate. Especially Russia! I found myself educated by this book.Published 24 months ago by JMG
Given how selfish, careless and crass he has been in his personal life, it is no surprise that this memoir is never about what he did for people but about what a mental giant he... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by friendly critic