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Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising, and the End of Governing As We Know It Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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“Worth reading because it might be a long time (if ever) before somebody so unarguably knowledgeable will exercise such candor about partisan American politics.” ―Philadelphia Daily News
“Specter ... offers his knowledgeable, withering critique of brutal partisanship in national politics.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A highly readable battle cry from the moderate center―and timely, given the tenor of politics today.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A remarkable work, as Specter courageously chastises the Republican Party for its fixation on litmus tests. Specter -- a veteran Republican who left the party in April 2009 -- is right to warn of the risks posed to America by hyper-partisanship. … An impassioned call for the return of moderation to the party” ―D.R. Tucker, The Huffington Post
“Written in Senator Specter's trademark candor, Never Give In is a compelling tale of survival---both personal and political---from one of the Senate’s most independent voices.” ―Vice President Joe Biden on Never Give In
“Never Give In brims with the singular tenacity and humor that have characterized Arlen Specter's nearly thirty years in the United States Senate. This book is both an entertaining read and an unflinching account of the experience of fighting an intensely personal battle on a highly public stage.” ―Michael J. Fox
“He knows a thing or two about illness and politics. It's a hell of a read.” ―Larry King on Never Give In
About the Author
SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER, son of Jewish immigrants, grew up in Kansas, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, served as an editor of the law journal at the Yale Law School, and was a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. As an Assistant Counsel to the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of President Kennedy, he developed the Single Bullet Theory. As Philadelphia District Attorney, he created a national model for the modern prosecutor's office, sought life sentences for career criminals and realistic rehabilitation for first offenders, and trail-blazed prosecutions for police brutality. During thirty years in the U.S. Senate, he served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the Intelligence Committee, the Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. He presided over the confirmation hearings of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, and his questioning of Judge Robert Bork, by many accounts, prompted the Senate to reject Bork's nomination. He led successful efforts to triple funding for the National Institutes of Health. In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the Ten-Best Senators. He currently practices law in Philadelphia, lectures at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and recently hosted a pilot of PBS's Arlen Specter's The Whole Truth, a public-affairs television program that cuts to the heart of the day's toughest national political issues.
CHARLES ROBBINS served as Senator Specter's communications director in his Senate office and on his presidential campaign. He is the author of the novel The Accomplice as well as coauthor, with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, of The U.S. Senate, and coauthor of Senator Specter's Passion for Truth. A former newspaper reporter and Navy reserve officer, he is a graduate of Princeton University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the master of fine arts program at Queens University of Charlotte. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Top Customer Reviews
For most of his career, Specter was a Republican but in his last two years, a Democrat after his celebrated party switch which he describes in detail. Labels such as "maverick," "independent" or "off-the-reservation" are among the more charitable terms used by his Senate colleagues to describe Specter. His independence of thought made him unreliable in the view of many of his Senate colleagues, traitorous in the eyes of some.
Specter rues the decline of the moderate center and in particular, the wipeout of the moderate faction of the Republican Party. He describes the withering away of leading Republican moderates over the last thirty years, including Senators Jacob Javits, Jim Jeffords, Charles Mathias, Cale Boggs, Warren Rudman, Charles Percy, Lowell Weicker, John Chaffee and later, his son, Lincoln Chaffee, Mark Hatfield, Bob Packwood, John Warner, George Voinovich, Bob Bennett and soon to be out, Olympia Snowe and Dick Lugar. On the Democratic side, centrists such as Evan Bayh and now, Joe Lieberman have been pushed aside. The Republican Party has become much more conservative and the Democratic Party has become more liberal. The ideological center has for the most part, disappeared.
Specter managed to steer a largely independent course and repeatedly defied political odds to be re-elected.Read more ›
Some news opinionators have selected passages that talk of nudity and it appears that commentators have picked up on these titillating sound bites. By contrast, reviews in the Washington Post and the Huffington Post are relatively enthusiastic about the book. Books by the likes of Dick Cheney and various ex-presidents are predictably self-serving and shy on details of the controversial areas of their careers or their obvious misteps. I anticiaped an intelligent tell-all expose of his 30 years in the senate, by someone who has transcended the need for party allegiance - and was not disappointed.
We live in the era of a paralyzed, stridently partisan congress and supreme court - and how this destructive state of affairs came to be is a story that needs to be told. This cause is not served by ad hominems that suggest Specter is homosexual, an opportunistic flip-flopper, suffering from dementia, or simply that he should die. He isn't flawless - he was nasty to Anita Hill, and his judgment about the single JFK assassin theory in the Warren Report was questionable. However critics would do well to look at his entire legislative record.
Bottom line - don't blindly trust Amazon reviews without checking the reviewer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arlen Specter was a traitor and muderer after the fact. Rot in HellPublished 23 months ago by Heaven's May Fall
This is a notable political autobiography. It covers the career of Pennsylvania's longest serving U.S. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by Leon Czikowsky
Well written and thought-provoking. No towing the party line for this man, which I greatly admire. A thinking man and woman's politician. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Mystery Lover
I read this book hoping to get a better understanding of what was happening in current politics and why. It failed to shed much light here. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Marsha S
if you read most of these "reviews" it's obvious that the people have not read the book, they hate Spector because he left the party. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Ordinary citizen
right on, Arlen! Check out his interview on Cspan Booktv.org, he does a very good description of the right wing fanatics and bullies in Congress who prevent rational debate and... Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by nonamespecified
This is a book you will be mad at your self for having spent the money on to read it. You should be paid for reading it. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Susan M
this book is interminably boring with a fixation on squash that borders on vegetable, as Senator Packwood's dubious play gets more time than his reputation as the "tongue. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by CD in DC
On the one hand I must grudgingly congratulate Mr. Specter for his bold stand in writing this book describing the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by trapeze