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The Resource The whole damn deal : Robert Strauss and the art of politics, Kathryn J. McGarr

The whole damn deal : Robert Strauss and the art of politics, Kathryn J. McGarr

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The whole damn deal : Robert Strauss and the art of politics
Title
The whole damn deal
Title remainder
Robert Strauss and the art of politics
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn J. McGarr
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Robert S. Strauss was for many decades the quintessential Democratic power broker. Born to a poor Jewish family in West Texas, he founded the law firm that became Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and-while forever changing the nature of the Washington law firm-worked as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, special trade representative, ambassador to the Soviet Union and then Russia, and an advisor to presidents. As former first lady Barbara Bush wrote of Strauss in her memoir: He is absolutely the most amazing politician. He is everybody's friend and, if he chooses, could sell you the paper off your own wall." But it isn't the positions Strauss held that make his story fascinating; it is what he represented about the culture of Washington in his day. He was a master of the art of knowing everyone who mattered and getting things done. Based on exclusive access to Strauss, The Whole Damn Deal brings to life a vanished epoch of working behind the scenes, political deal making, and successful bipartisanship in Washington"--
  • "Robert S. Strauss was for many decades, the quintessential political operator. He played a pivotal role in US politics for more than fifty years, serving as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, US Trade Representative, and US Ambassador to the USSR and later Russia. He has advised and represented many US presidents for both major political parties. Yet, we know very little of this man who has been so influential behind the scenes. This is the story of how Bobby Strauss, a poor, Jewish boy from West Texas, became Robert S. Strauss, a lawyer and politician of national and international renown. Strauss entered national politics when Beltway outsiders were planning their takeover of the Democratic Party in the aftermath of the divisive 1968 Chicago convention. After the 1972 nomination and subsequent defeat of George McGovern polarized the old and new factions of the Democratic Party, Strauss became chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He managed to create a coalition of old guard conservatives, minorities, youth, and representatives of both labor and big business that resembled the patchwork Democratic Party we still have to this day. Strauss excelled at balancing accommodation and persuasion. He was proud to be an insider and a politician, even when those were considered dirty words, because he enjoyed the negotiations that politics then entailed. His Texas charm and political savvy won over both sides of the aisle in Washington. This book will describe what went on in the smoke-filled rooms, and in the bathrooms of the hotel suites, "where the real decisions were made," as Strauss likes to say. It is a vivid portrait of a bygone era of civilized Washington politics, when Republicans and Democrats worked together without fear of criticism."--
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individual biography
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McGarr, Kathryn J
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E840.8.S687
LC item number
M44 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Strauss, Robert S
  • Strauss, Robert S
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Diplomats
  • Politicians
  • Political consultants
  • United States
  • Diplomats
  • Political consultants
  • Politics and government
  • Politicians
  • United States
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The whole damn deal : Robert Strauss and the art of politics, Kathryn J. McGarr
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Publication
Copyright
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-414) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Battle-royal : McGovern's loss and Strauss' victory
  • Making love to a gorilla : Stauss takes over the party
  • Dry run : keeping peace in Kansas city, 1974
  • Hell bent on victory : New York city meets Jimmy Carter, 1976
  • Transition : becoming a Carter Man
  • A
  • Big international poker game : trading for America
  • Carter's Mr. fix-it : from inflation to Middle East peace
  • Revolving door : Akin, Gump - "the Strauss firm"
  • Bob Strauss becomes an institution : the Reagan years
  • Washington's ultimate insider
  • The
  • Last ambassador : Mr. Strauss goes to Russia
  • Epilogue :
  • Slowing down in the rat race
  • Photo insert between pages 172-173
  • Here comes the governor : early years in Stanford, Texas
  • Little big man on campus : the University of Texas
  • Ambitious young men : making a start in Dallas
  • A
  • Dog that'll hunt : John Connally's bag man
  • A
  • Bunch of Goddamn fools : the democratic party in ruin
Control code
701015455
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xxiv, 433 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781586488789
Lccn
2011019071
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)701015455
Label
The whole damn deal : Robert Strauss and the art of politics, Kathryn J. McGarr
Publication
Copyright
Contributor
Donor
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-414) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Battle-royal : McGovern's loss and Strauss' victory
  • Making love to a gorilla : Stauss takes over the party
  • Dry run : keeping peace in Kansas city, 1974
  • Hell bent on victory : New York city meets Jimmy Carter, 1976
  • Transition : becoming a Carter Man
  • A
  • Big international poker game : trading for America
  • Carter's Mr. fix-it : from inflation to Middle East peace
  • Revolving door : Akin, Gump - "the Strauss firm"
  • Bob Strauss becomes an institution : the Reagan years
  • Washington's ultimate insider
  • The
  • Last ambassador : Mr. Strauss goes to Russia
  • Epilogue :
  • Slowing down in the rat race
  • Photo insert between pages 172-173
  • Here comes the governor : early years in Stanford, Texas
  • Little big man on campus : the University of Texas
  • Ambitious young men : making a start in Dallas
  • A
  • Dog that'll hunt : John Connally's bag man
  • A
  • Bunch of Goddamn fools : the democratic party in ruin
Control code
701015455
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xxiv, 433 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781586488789
Lccn
2011019071
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)701015455

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