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We all know them: politicians' books that read as if they've been cobbled together from old speeches. The Good Fight is as far from that as it is possible to get.

In a voice that is flinty, real, and passion-filled, Senator Harry Reid tells the tale of two places, intertwining his own story, particularly ...

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The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington

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Overview

One of the remarkable books of this season— a tough, plainspoken, deeply passionate narrative by one of our most important national figures.

We all know them: politicians' books that read as if they've been cobbled together from old speeches. The Good Fight is as far from that as it is possible to get.

In a voice that is flinty, real, and passion-filled, Senator Harry Reid tells the tale of two places, intertwining his own story, particularly his early life of deep poverty in the tiny mining town of Searchlight, Nevada—“a place that boasted of thirteen brothels and no churches”—with the cautionary tale of Washington, D.C.: “If I can do nothing greater in this book than explain those two places to each other, then I will have done something important.”

Reid is inspired by obstacles. Brought up in a cabin without indoor plumbing, he hitchhiked forty-five miles across open desert to high school. He worked full-time as a Capitol Hill policeman to get through law school, after the school refused him financial aid, telling him he wasn't cut out to be a lawyer. As head of the Nevada Gaming Commission, he led an unrelenting fight to clean up Las Vegas, despite four years of death threats —and much worse. And in Congress, Reid's spent more than twenty-five years battling those who would take the country in the wrong direction: “The radical ideologues degrade our government, so much so that when they are in charge of it, they do not know how to run it.”

And, always, it all comes back to Searchlight: “Who I am now, and what I am doing now, began in that town, with those people, in those mines.” This book is the story of a man who knows what a good fight is, because he has had to fight like hell for everything his whole life. It is populated by a rich and raucous cast of great and failed men, eccentrics, visionaries, gangsters, and presidents who make up his life and times. And it is for all those who not only like a good story, but wonder what we should do now in America.

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The Searchlight in the title refers to Searchlight, Nevada, the tiny mining town where future senate majority leader Harry Reid was born and still lives. He grew up, as this memoir relates, in home conditions that were less than propitious: His parents drank too much; his mother took in laundry from the town's whorehouses; and his father eventually killed himself. In a town that had 13 brothels and no church, there was only one school; to get to high school, he had to hitchhike 45 miles daily across the open desert. This autobiography by the four-term U.S. senator reveals one influential leader's perspective on where we've been and where we're going.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399154997
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Senator Harry Reid was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, then to the U.S. Senate in 1986. Currently serving his fourth term as senator, he was unanimously elected Senate Minority Leader in 2004, and after the elections of 2006, Senate Majority Leader.
Mark Warren is executive editor of Esquire magazine, where he has worked since 1988, directing much of the magazine's political writing. Previously, he directed or worked on several national, state, and local political campaigns out of Austin, Texas.

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
A Meeting at the White House     1
Searchlight     23
The Minority     57
The Outside World     99
Social Insecurity     135
The Cases Nobody Would Take     155
The Nuclear Option     195
The Best Day, the Worst Day, and the Mob     219
The Past Meets the Present     273
The Future     287
Acknowledgments     292
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    Absolutly stunning! and deeply moving....great man.

    Certanly there can be no doubt why this man is who he is and where he is in this life. It has trully been a road and a tough one at that. Yep, nothing has been given to Harry Reid. He sure has more than earned his mark. Great Book.

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