In the Arena: A Memoir of the 20th Century

In the Arena: A Memoir of the 20th Century

by Caspar W. Weinberger, Gretchen Roberts
     
 

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Weinberger has had a front row seat to history in the 20th century. His book offers a unique view of our country and some of her leaders of the past 100 years. 12 photos.  See more details below

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Weinberger has had a front row seat to history in the 20th century. His book offers a unique view of our country and some of her leaders of the past 100 years. 12 photos.

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Publishers Weekly
Former Reagan defense secretary Caspar Weinberger joins forces with Gretchen Roberts to present In the Arena: A Memoir of the 20th Century, a straightforward and detailed account that follows Weinberger from childhood to college, from Harvard Law School to WWII, and from the California State Assembly to the cabinets of three presidents. Having been on the front lines for many of the last half-century's major events, Weinberger provides close, thoughtful and conservative reports; his autobiography offers new insight into American politics and, of course, the man himself. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Weinberger's service to former presidents Nixon and Reagan spanned years that dramatically changed America and the world, so one would think that his autobiography might offer fresh and valuable insights into the events of those years. Alas, this is not the case. Even more regrettable, Weinberger reveals very little of himself. While one learns a great deal about the facts of his life (some of them very trivial, like the type of house he lived in while in Washington), one doesn't come to understand what motivated him in politics. It is particularly disappointing not to find some clues to the paradox of "Cap the Knife," as he was known, the dreaded budget cutter in the Nixon administration's Office of Management and Budget who then staunchly championed every spending request of the Department of Defense. Weinberger does carefully chronicle his life and dutifully notes his accomplishments; however, he is largely uncritical of those for whom he worked especially Reagan, a man he clearly worships and of his own activities. Recommended with caution for public libraries. Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780895261038
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.12(d)

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