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A spellbinding biography of one of the most powerful and dignified men ever to come to DC—Senator Mike Mansfield.
Mike Mansfield's career as the longest serving majority leader is finally given its due in this extraordinary biography. In many respects, Mansfield's dignity and decorum represent the high-water mark of the US Senate: he was respected as a leader who helped build consensus on tough issues and was renowned for his ability to work across the aisle and build strong coalitions. Amazingly, he would have breakfast every morning with a member of the opposing party.
Mansfield was instrumental in pushing through some of the most influential legislation of the twentieth century. He was at the helm when the Senate passed landmark legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the creation of Medicare, and the nuclear test ban treaty. Mansfield played a crucial role in shaping America's foreign policy, corresponding with JFK about his opposition to the growing presence of the US in Southeast Asia. As ambassador to Japan, his conversations with Cambodia and China paved the way for Nixon's historic trip to China in 1972.
Posted December 17, 2003
This man was incredibly intelligent and it's a shame that he didn't run for President in say 1976 he is the only person I can think of who could have beaten Jimmy Carter. This book is sadly a little skimpy I want to know more as will anyone who reads this book in detail, I would suggest that the author include those Vietnam memorandom he wrote. However his silent power is far more effective over the long term than LBJ's ever would have been.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.