- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Hamilton Books; First Paperback Edition edition (January 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761838724
- ISBN-13: 978-0761838722
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,460,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Government for the People: Reflections of a White House Counsel to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson First Paperback Edition Edition
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An American Dream story of an unusual man who moved quietly and effectively in the corridors of political power. Through informative anecdotes laced with humor, he shares his perceptions of historical characters and events and the varied roles he played in a colorful life of public service. You will agree with his modest assessment that his experiences were 'pretty heady stuff for this kid from Nebraska'. (Milton Greenberg, Professor Emeritus of Government, Former Provost and Interim President, American University)
Lee White―as my classmate, colleague in Kennedy's senate office, and Deputy in the White House―has been an invaluable as well as brilliant friend for more than half a century. His story will inspire many. (Ted Sorensen, Former Special Counsel to President John F. Kennedy)
Government for the People is an anecdotal romp through political Washington of the 1950s and 60s, packed with engrossing asides about the oddities of people's names, their golf games, and their driving habits....It's the kind of humor, gentle yet quick, that shows throughout Government for the People. (Legal Times, Spring 2008)
With a gift for storytelling and an easy conversational style of writing, Lee White brings to vivid life the dramatic decade of the 1960s while taking us on a wonderful journey through an honorable life dedicated to public service. (Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian)
Lee White has written a first-hand account of contemporary American history. Well-written and briskly paced, it takes us from White's early days as a lawyer, through the Kennedy and Johnson White Houses and a fulfilling career beyond those heady days. Great reading for those who want an insider's perspective on the Congress, the White House, and the practice of law in Washington. (Warren B. Rudman, Former Senator from New Hampshire)
Lee White had fun working in the White House for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and gives an intimate picture of both Presidents that only a White House staffer could know. I found it charming, interesting―and suffered a bad attack of nostalgia. (Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach, Former U.S. Attorney General)
I am fascinated with the kids who experienced the Great Depression, because it inculcated values that were very important, among them sacrifice and selfless service. Lee White's memoirs reflect those values as well as his wit. It was a great privilege in his view to serve a President of the United States, and he accepted anonymity in working with the people who made the wheels turn. (Stewart Udall, Former Secretary of the Interior)
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