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The Rebel in the Red Jeep: Ken Hechler's Life in West Virginia Politics Paperback – June 1, 2017

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“A superb biography of a West Virginia icon. Carter Seaton has done a wonderful job capturing the essence of Ken Hechler.”
Jean Edward Smith, author of Bush, Eisenhower in War and Peace, and FDR
 



“Fascinating new insights into the personal and political aspects of the long career of one of the Mountain State’s most intriguing and maverick political leaders.”
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The Rebel in the Red Jeep follows the personal and professional experiences of Ken Hechler, the oldest living person to have served in the US Congress, from his childhood until his marriage at 98 years of age.
 
This biography recounts a century of accomplishments, from Hechler’s introduction of innovative teaching methods at major universities, to his work as a speechwriter and researcher for President Harry Truman, and finally to his time representing West Virginia in the US House of Representatives and as the secretary of state.
 
In West Virginia, where he resisted mainstream political ideology, Hechler was the principal architect behind the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 and constantly battled big coal, strip-mining, and fellow politicians alike. He and his signature red jeep remain a fixture in West Virginia. Since 2004, Hechler has campaigned against mountaintop removal mining. He was arrested for trespassing during a protest in 2009 at the age of 94. 
 

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  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Paperback : 344 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1943665613
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1943665617
  • Product Dimensions : 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : West Virginia University Press; 1st Edition (June 1, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 5 ratings