The Gentleman From Georgia / Edition 1

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Overview

This is a look at the real Newt Gingrich as seen by a former colleague, close friend, and member of his staff. It is an inside view of Gingrich during his climb to power from his early training to his years as Speaker and leader of the Republican Party.

Steely reveals Gingrichs personal and political problems as well as his triumphs. His divorce and ethics problems are discussed, as well as his early campaign losses and the close call in 1990. Also, the necessary revolution leading to his rise in the party and the House, the development of New Inc. as well as his role in national elections and the reforms he brought to House GOP organization, the Conservative Opportunity Society, the whips office, to the Speakers office, and the House itself, and finally resignation.

Steely reveals a different Gingrich than the one presented by the media. We see a brilliant self-assured leader who is able to compartmentalize, redefine crisis, and see defeat as opportunity.

The book concludes with an exclusive interview with Gingrich outlining both his personal future and his vision for America in the twenty-first century.

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What People Are Saying

Paul Coverdell
The Gentleman from Georgia is a richly informative chronicle of the career of Newt Gingrich. The book presents a clear portrait of Newt as an audacious thinker, bold political strategist, and talented campaigner. Mr. Steely's account shows us step by step how Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House and changed the face of the US Congress and American politics.
— U.S. Senator Paul D. Coverdell
Steve Hanser
An important insight into the career and character of one of the seminal figures of American politics. Steely's treatment of Gingrich's early campaigns and beginnings of his congressional career will be of particular importance to all students of American political life.
Thomas A. Scott
The Gingrich who emerges from these pages is quite different from the caricature which often appears in the press. This Newt shares the liberal desire to include blacks and women, preserve the environment, and uplift those at the bottom of society. He differs profoundly with the left on how best to accomplish those noble ends. Written in plain, clear language, Gentleman from Georgia is a well-documented account of the rise to power of one of the most significant politicians of our age.
— Thomas A. Scott, Kennesaw State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865546714
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Preparation
Chapter 2: Apprenticeship
Chapter 3: Building a Base
Chapter 4: Second Try
Chapter 5: Yes, Newt!!!
Chapter 6: The New Representative
Chapter 7: Back Home in Georgia
Chapter 8: Reagan and Reapportionment
Chapter 9: Dreaming Heroic Dreams
Chapter 10: Ambition and Arrogance
Chapter 11: In the Leadership
Chapter 12: The Best of Times
Chapter 13: Unraveling
Chapter 14: The Frustrating 105th Congress
Chapter 15: Conclusion: Looking to the Future
Bibliography
Index
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