The Thunder and the Sunshine: Four Seasons in a Burnished Life

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For almost four decades, from his role in the 1972 George McGovern campaign to his years as a visionary senator, from his leadership on national security issues before and after 9/11 to his role in international environmental issues, Gary Hart has been one of America's great public servants. Through times of triumph and disappointment, Hart's dedication to the ideals of the founding fathers, particularly Thomas Jefferson, and his devotion to the American Republic never wavered. In this insightful, humble, and ...

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Overview

For almost four decades, from his role in the 1972 George McGovern campaign to his years as a visionary senator, from his leadership on national security issues before and after 9/11 to his role in international environmental issues, Gary Hart has been one of America's great public servants. Through times of triumph and disappointment, Hart's dedication to the ideals of the founding fathers, particularly Thomas Jefferson, and his devotion to the American Republic never wavered. In this insightful, humble, and often humorous account of his political and public life, Hart shares the lessons he has learned in the last forty years, imparting to future generations the significance of public service and the role of America in the world. The Thunder and the Sunshine is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand where we have been as a country, and where we are heading in the twenty-first century.

Gary Hart represented the state of Colorado in the US Senate from 1975 until 1987. He is currently scholar in residence at the University of Colorado, co-chair of the US–Russia Commission, and vice chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He was co-chair of the US Commission on National Security for the 21st Century, which predicted the terrorist attacks on America and proposed a sweeping overhaul of US national security structures and policies for the post–Cold War century and the age of terrorism.

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"If you are interested in politics and policy, you will find it absorbing and instructive."—James Fallows, The Atlantic

"By continuing to follow his passion for the scholarly analysis of foreign and public policy issues, Gary Hart has risen from late-night punchline to elder statesman..." —Examiner.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555917395
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author


Gary Hart: Gary Hart represented the state of Colorado in the US Senate from 1975 until 1987. During his senate years, he played a leadership role in major environmental and conservation legislation, military reform initiatives, new initiatives to advance the information revolution, and new directions in foreign policy. He is currently Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado, cochair of the US-Russia Commission, and vice chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He is also chair of the American Security Project, a Distinguished Congressional Fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the board of the Eurasia Foundation. He was cochair of the US Commission on National Security for the 21st Century, which performed the most comprehensive review of national security since 1947, predicted the terrorist attacks on America, and proposed a sweeping overhaul of US national security structures and policies for the post–Cold War century and the age of terrorism. Senator Hart is the author of 18 books, including The Courage of Our Convictions, The Shield and the Cloak, Under the Eagle’s Wing, and God and Caesar in America.

Douglas Brinkley: Dr. Douglas Brinkley previously served as director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization and Professor of History at Tulane University. In July 2007, he joined RICE University and the James Baker Institute for public Policy.

Four of Dr. Brinkley’s biographies have been selected as New York Times "Notable Books of the Year": Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years (1992), Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal, with Townsend Hoopes (1992), The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House (1998), and Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress (2003). And three more recent publications have become New York Times best-sellers: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc; Ronald Reagan, D-Day and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion (2005), Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War (2004) and Parish Priest: Father McGivney and American Catholicism (2006). His most recent publications include a two-volume edition of Ronald Reagan’s unpublished White House diaries and The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.

Dr. Brinkley is contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review, and American Heritage. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic Monthly.
He lives in Austin Texas with his wife Anne and two children Benton and Johnny.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    "His initial impression was that he was a bit standoffish or not over effusive but it grew on him someway." - James Joyce, Ulysses

    Senator Gary Hart has written a new memoir of his years of public service. The book makes a radical departure from the tone and style of his previous 1993 memoir, The Good Fight, which was mostly told in the third person and was heavily issue-driven. This memoir focuses much more on personal experiences throughout his years as a campaign manager, US senator, presidential candidate, author, and statesman, and reveals that Senator Hart is not quite the "cool and aloof" person the media described him to be in the 1980s.
    There are anecdotes related in this book that had me laughing out loud, including one involving an Italian prison and another involving Soviet Premier Brezhnev's prescription medications. Senator Hart owns up to somewhat of a mischievous streak in the telling of both. There are also episodes involving missed opportunities (by the Reagan Administration) to make historic inroads to peace in troubled global hot spots at a time when pro-active US involvement could have been a game-changer.
    Senator Hart's viewpoint has always been thought-provoking and unique; he continues to demonstrate those qualities here, but in a way that shows a much greater willingness to discuss personal thoughts and feelings and to display his own wry sense of humor than he has shown in past writings.
    I devoured this book in a few days, enjoyed it tremendously, and recommend it absolutely.

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