Jim Hunt: A Biography

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As one of Jim Hunt s closest political advisors, Gary Pearce was in a unique position to observe the career of North Carolina s longest-serving governor. In this authorized biography, Pearce draws from his own observations and experience as well as over 30 interviews with Governor Hunt and more than 50 interviews with friends, family, staffers, political allies, and opponents.

The book covers Hunt s rise to prominence and his four successful gubernatorial campaigns. It also ...

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As one of Jim Hunt s closest political advisors, Gary Pearce was in a unique position to observe the career of North Carolina s longest-serving governor. In this authorized biography, Pearce draws from his own observations and experience as well as over 30 interviews with Governor Hunt and more than 50 interviews with friends, family, staffers, political allies, and opponents.

The book covers Hunt s rise to prominence and his four successful gubernatorial campaigns. It also provides a front-row account of the bitter battle between Hunt and Jesse Helms for the U.S. Senate in 1984. Pearce explains how Hunt was able to come back from that devastating defeat and win two more terms as governor. In his final eight years of office, Hunt pursued progressive goals in a conservative state, became widely known for his initiatives in education, and played an important role in leading North Carolina from being a poor, rural state dependent on tobacco and textiles to becoming a center for high finance and high-tech industry.

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Jim Hunt is now retired, but North Carolinians haven't forgotten their longest-serving governor (1977-1985; 1993-2001). One of the people who knows him best is the author of this book: Gary Pearce first covered Hunt's 1972 successful race for lieutenant governor as a reporter and then went on to work for this legendary politician over a quarter century. This biography draws on that experience and scores of interviews with Hunt, family, friends, staffers, political allies, and opponents. Informed; even definitive.

David Broder
"No one I know has done more to shape and expand the future of hos state than North Carolina's Jim Hunt. Gary Pearce, his close associate, has told the whole story in this important volume."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895873880
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 11/28/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 939,199
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

After writing for the Raleigh News & Observer about Governor Hunt s 1972 race for lieutenant governor and his four years in that office, Gary Pearce went to work for Hunt during his first race for governor. He has worked as Hunt s press secretary, chief speechwriter, and political and policy adviser. He helped direct Hunt s campaign against Jesse Helms in 1984 and became his chief political adviser through the 1992 and 1996 elections and Hunt s third and fourth terms as governor. He lives in Raleigh, NC.

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