Now that we have seen the immense international goodwill for the US frittered away in the same way as its budget surplus by the present ideologues in the White HOuse, this book makes us think what the standing of the United States would be if such a vital, decent and exuberant man as Hubert Horatio Humphrey had made it to the White House. The Happy Warrior in his own words is conversational and irrepressible (about the only ungenerous thing he says about someone is that so and so is "a mean man") and his golly-gosh spirit bubbles throughout the narrative. That such goodness, intelligence and vision got lost to history is America's tragedy. This is a wonderful book for all who still have great hopes for the USA as an example of compassion and a friend to all nations. Daniel Dennis Brisbane Australia
The Education of a Public Man:My Life in Politics.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
An excellent book on the life of Hubert H. Humphrey, by the subject himself. I have read others pieces on Humphrey, but this work comes through in his own voice, as if he is sitting there talking to you. As biographies go, I think Carl Solberg's book on the late Vice President is the most thorough on the subject, but Humphrey's account is the most readable. The subject is also well done by Dan Cohen.
A great autobiography by a great Democrat
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 22 years ago
This is a great read. Here, Humphrey sums up his life, his beliefs and his goals for the coming years. Those who want to know what our nation should be like ought to read this book. Humphrey dreamed of an opportunity society in which the public and private good made sure that all of our citizens had access to such basic human needs as health care, a human and living wage, education, day care, family leave, a job and a safe neighobrhood and environment. He dreamed of a society in which we would all be equal, regardless of who we are or what our skin color is. Has his dream come true? Of course not. The 'new right' in America has declared war on all that is good about our government and its humanitarian goals. They have declared war on the workers and unions which Humphrey so adored. They have declared war on basic labor regulations. They ought to read Humphrey's autobiography and grow a heart! Hubert Humphrey in his last speech before Congerss said something which has touched me and is my political motto:"The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped." We need to make sure that America does not fail the 'moral test of government.' For those who see Humphrey as a has-been civil rights leader and as LBJ's Vice President, I urge you to read this book and see how radically pro-labor and pro-civil rights he was. It's a good read!
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