The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics

The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics

by Walter F. Mondale, David Hage
     
 

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During more than five decades in public life, Walter Mondale has played a leading role in America’s movement for social change—in civil rights, environmentalism, consumer protection, and women’s rights—and helped to forge the modern Democratic Party. Here, with a measured tone of reason and a belief in compromise, Mondale reflects on a career

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During more than five decades in public life, Walter Mondale has played a leading role in America’s movement for social change—in civil rights, environmentalism, consumer protection, and women’s rights—and helped to forge the modern Democratic Party. Here, with a measured tone of reason and a belief in compromise, Mondale reflects on a career of highs and lows with a set of unwavering progressive values at its core.

Including a new preface in this paperback edition, The Good Fight is a compelling account of a lifetime of public service that sheds light on important events and issues of recent American history and how they affect our lives today.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"
Fritz Mondale and I worked side by side in the White House through four intense years of challenges and left office with a friendship that would last a lifetime. We were also able to tell the American people: ‘We told the truth, we obeyed the law, we kept the peace.’ This memoir is a compelling history of those years and of the life of the remarkable man I know Fritz to be.
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—President Jimmy Carter

"The Good Fight is Walter Mondale’s personal story and the story of more than half a century of progressive politics, of its victories and defeats in the search for civil rights, social justice, and economic opportunity for all Americans. Walter Mondale is the best kind of public man—intelligent, honest, hardworking, effective. It’s rare to find a man so good and wise who’s also funny as can be. Whatever your own politics, if you love your country, you should read this book.
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—President Bill Clinton

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An illuminating memoir by a notably decent, thoughtful, genuine, likable, and underestimated American leader. Walter Mondale offers a memorable, sometimes surprising account of vanished worlds—a prewar country boyhood, the liberal farmer-labor politics of old Minnesota, a U.S. Senate in which collegiality was not an epithet, with intriguing glimpses of figures like Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy, and Eugene McCarthy—as well as a fresh and revealing look at life with President Jimmy Carter and Mondale’s own campaign for the White House. One cannot read this volume without reflecting on how much our political culture has changed, and by no means entirely for the better.
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—Michael Beschloss

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816691661
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/15/2013
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
855,974
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Walter F. Mondale figured prominently in American politics for five decades, as a state attorney general, U.S. senator from Minnesota, vice president of the United States, Democratic candidate for president in 1984, and U.S. ambassador to Japan. He lives in Minneapolis.

David Hage is an editor at the Star Tribune of Minneapolis and St. Paul. His books include Reforming Welfare by Rewarding Work (Minnesota, 2004). 

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