Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat by Don Oberdorfer

Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat

Don Oberdorfer
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  • ISBN
    9781588341662 / 1588341666
  • Title Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat
  • Author Don Oberdorfer
  • Category Biography: Historical, Political & Military
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Year 2003
  • Pages 400
  • Publisher
    Smithsonian Books
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 155mm x 44mm x 233mm

Annotation

The authoritative biography of Senator Mike Mansfield the longest serving majority leader and one of the most dignified and powerful men ever to come to DC, written by National Book Award finalist and twenty five year Washington Post foreign affairs correspondent Don Oberdorfer.

Publisher Description

A spellbinding biography of one of the most powerful and dignified men ever to come to DC—Senator Mike Mansfield.
Mike Mansfield's career as the longest serving majority leader is finally given its due in this extraordinary biography. In many respects, Mansfield's dignity and decorum represent the high-water mark of the US Senate: he was respected as a leader who helped build consensus on tough issues and was renowned for his ability to work across the aisle and build strong coalitions. Amazingly, he would have breakfast every morning with a member of the opposing party.
Mansfield was instrumental in pushing through some of the most influential legislation of the twentieth century. He was at the helm when the Senate passed landmark legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the creation of Medicare, and the nuclear test ban treaty. Mansfield played a crucial role in shaping America's foreign policy, corresponding with JFK about his opposition to the growing presence of the US in Southeast Asia. As ambassador to Japan, his conversations with Cambodia and China paved the way for Nixon's historic trip to China in 1972.

Author Biography

Don Oberdorfer was a diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post from 1976 until his retirement in 1993. His other books include From the Cold War to a New Era, also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins, and The Two Koreas.

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