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Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Storyby Brent Walth
Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Brent Walth, Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story chronicles Governor McCall's personal life and political career. Much like its subject, this engaging biography is characterized by its abundance of both verve and aplomb — an exceptional work that recalls the labors of an exceptional leader. Whether for crafting a portrait of an important political figure, or for distilling the unique essence of an American epoch, or simply because it is an altogether intriguing work of nonfiction, Fire at Eden's Gate is an important, singular, and unforgettable work that should be read by every Pacific Northwesterner.
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Oregon governor (1967-1975) Tom McCall personified the sweeping environmental movement of the '60s and '70s. Thomas Lawson McCall was a giant in his era. Impetuous and flamboyant, imposing and outrageous, he fascinated America as a refreshingly candid and forthright leader in a field — politics — that usually breeds deception. This biography recalls his important work in cleaning up a polluted Willamette River, his work in preserving Oregon?s beaches for all, and his help in establishing the Oregon Bottle Bill. Published for the first time are accounts that explain McCall's disastrous 1954 political campaign for Congress; his continuous quarrels with Oregon Senator Mark O. Hatfield; the harsh treatment he endured from Oregon Senator Bob Packwood; and McCall's own deal-making with Oregon power broker, Glenn Jackson, that imperiled his career. Brent Walth has created a candid portrait of an impetuous, flamboyant showman whose forthright manner put him at odds with the profession of politics as it is currently practiced.
"A remarkable biography of a remarkable Oregon governor."
-- President Bill Clinton
"Tom McCall was one of the most vivid figures in recent American politics, and this book does justice to his ornery, visionary, outrageous, and inspiring life. Not just Oregonians, but anyone with a taste for outsized characters will enjoy this biography."
-- David S. Broder
"A revealing portrait of an American original. There was something goofily, marvelously Lincolnesque about him. More than a governor, he would have been an ideal candidate for president — what a wonderful one he would have been."
-- Studs Terkel
Book News Annotation:
A biography of the former Oregon governor. Covers McCall's early career, focusing on his plans for protecting Oregon's natural resources, and discusses McCall's 1954 campaign for Congress, his on- going quarrels with Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield, GOP backroom deals aimed at ruining McCall's hopes of becoming governor, and McCall's deals with Oregon power broker Glenn Jackson. Contains b&w photos.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An impetuous, flamboyant, imposing, and outrageous showman, Oregon Governor Tom McCall fascinated America as a refreshingly candid and forthright politician.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 529-539) and index.
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