Time Present, Time Past: A Memoir

Time Present, Time Past: A Memoir

by Bill Bradley
     
 

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During his terms in the U.S. Senate, Bill Bradley won a national reputation for thoughtfulness, decency, and a willingness to take controversial positions on issues ranging from tax reform to the rights of Native Americans. All these qualities inform this best-selling memoir, in which Bradley assesses his political career and the experiences that shaped his

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During his terms in the U.S. Senate, Bill Bradley won a national reputation for thoughtfulness, decency, and a willingness to take controversial positions on issues ranging from tax reform to the rights of Native Americans. All these qualities inform this best-selling memoir, in which Bradley assesses his political career and the experiences that shaped his convictions, and looks beyond them to consider the state of the American union on the eve of the 21st century. Time Present, Time Past offers an intimate portrait of the day-to-day working of the Senate: how legislation gets passed and sometimes thwarted; how money is raised and at what cost. But Bradley also writes about deeper questions: What does it means to be an American in an ago of dwindling opportunities and increasing inequality? How much can we expect from our public servants? What do we owe our fellow citizens? The result is a genuinely revelatory book, informed by intelligence, compassion, and unprecedented candor.

"Strikingly reflects the realities of modern politics, what it looks like, feels like, from the inside."—New York Times Book Review

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PRAISE FOR Time Present, Time Past:

"Strikingly reflects the realities of modern politics, what it looks like, feels like, from the inside."—The New York Times Book Review

"Intelligent, surprisingly candid and exceptionally well written. A love letter to America [by] someone shrewd and knowledgeable about the country."—Vanity Fair

"In this impressive memoir, Bradley...uses his memories of life on and off the court, and on and off the Senate floor, as a starting point for discussions of race, immigration, campaign financing, and political integrity.... Bradley is highly readable, thought provoking, and refreshingly honest."—Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The political autobiography of the former New Jersey senator and former New York Knick, an eight-week PW bestseller, features a new afterword by the author.
Library Journal
More than a memoir, this work by the senior senator from New Jersey offers a vision for the future.
David Halberstam
Intelligent, surprisingly candid and exceptionally well-written… A love letter to America on the part of someone shrewd and knowledgeable about the country.
Vanity Fair

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679768159
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,441,054
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.01(h) x 1.03(d)

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David McCullough
Marvelous… Consistently compelling… It has been a long time since any American in public life has written as valuable a book.
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