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Shooting from the Lip: The Life of Senator Al Simpson

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Shortly before Wyomingandrsquo;s Alan K. Simpson was elected majority whip of the United States Senate, he decided to keep a journal. andldquo;I am going to make notes when I get home in the evening, as to what happened during each day.andrdquo; Now the senatorandrsquo;s longtime chief of staff, Donald Loren Hardy, has drawn extensively on Simpsonandrsquo;s personal papers and nineteen-volume diary to write this unvarnished account of a storied life and political career.

Simpson gave full authorial control to Hardy, telling him, andldquo;Don, just tell the truth, the whole truth, as you always have. Leave teeth, hair, and eyeballs on the floor, if that results from telling the truth.andrdquo; Taking Simpson at his word, Hardy shows readers a thrill-seeking teenager in Cody and a tireless politician who has thoroughly enjoyed his work. Full of entertaining tales and moments of historical significance, Shootingand#160;from the Lip offers a privileged and revealing backstage view of late-twentieth century American politics.

Hardyandrsquo;s richly anecdotal account reveals the roles Simpson played during such critical events as the Iran-Contra scandal and Clarence Thomasandrsquo;s confirmation hearings. It divulges the senatorandrsquo;s candid views of seven American presidents and scores of other national and world luminaries. Simpson is a politician unfettered by partisanship. Among President George H. W. Bushandrsquo;s closest compatriots, he was also a close friend and admirer of Senator Ted Kennedy and was never afraid to publicly challenge the positions or tactics of fellow lawmakers, Democratic and Republican alike.

Simpsonandrsquo;s ability to use truth and humor as both andldquo;sword and shield,andrdquo; combined with his years of experience and issue mastery, has led to an impressive post-Senate career. In 2010, for example, he co-chaired President Barack Obamaandrsquo;s Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Shooting from the Lip portrays a statesman punching sacred cows, challenging the media, and grappling with some of the nationandrsquo;s most difficult challenges.

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Shortly before Wyomingandrsquo;s Alan K. Simpson was elected majority whip of the United States Senate, he decided to keep a journal. Now the senatorandrsquo;s longtime chief of staff, Donald Loren Hardy, has drawn extensively on Simpsonandrsquo;s personal papers and nineteen-volume diary to write this unvarnished account of a storied life and political career. Full of entertaining tales and moments of historical significance, Shootingand#160;from the Lip offers a privileged and revealing backstage view of late-twentieth century American politics.

About the Author

Donald Loren Hardy served for 18 years as Senator Alan K. Simpsonandrsquo;s Press Secretary and Chief of Staff, then served as Director of Government Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution. Retired, he now engages in humanitarian efforts overseas and resides with his wife Rebecca in Montana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806143200
Author:
Hardy, Donald Loren
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 bandw illus.
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Historical
Biography » Political
History and Social Science » Americana » Western States
History and Social Science » Americana » Wyoming
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » US History » General

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Shortly before Wyomingandrsquo;s Alan K. Simpson was elected majority whip of the United States Senate, he decided to keep a journal. Now the senatorandrsquo;s longtime chief of staff, Donald Loren Hardy, has drawn extensively on Simpsonandrsquo;s personal papers and nineteen-volume diary to write this unvarnished account of a storied life and political career. Full of entertaining tales and moments of historical significance, Shootingand#160;from the Lip offers a privileged and revealing backstage view of late-twentieth century American politics.
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