When Government Was Good: Memories of a Life in Politics

When Government Was Good: Memories of a Life in Politics

by Henry S. Reuss
     
 

“These engaging memoirs should be read by everyone who wants the American government to live up to its awesome challenges and to fulfill its noblest dreams.”—Robert F. Drinan

“Reuss’s articulate analysis of legislative matters was admirable, even to those of us who seldom agreed with his conclusions.”—John Rhodes, former

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“These engaging memoirs should be read by everyone who wants the American government to live up to its awesome challenges and to fulfill its noblest dreams.”—Robert F. Drinan

“Reuss’s articulate analysis of legislative matters was admirable, even to those of us who seldom agreed with his conclusions.”—John Rhodes, former Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives

When Government Was Good is an engaging memoir by one of the most thoughtful and constructive legislators of the century—especially valuable for Henry Reuss’s reflections on the inner life of the House of Representatives.”—Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
 
U. S. House Representative Henry S. Reuss (Dem., Wisconsin, 1955-83) believes there was indeed a time when government worked—the "Golden Age" of 1948-68. Then, he recalls, the economy was functioning, the long overdue civil rights movement had begun to blossom, and the government had integrity.  Not afraid to call things as they are, he blasts the political forces that have led to the disintegration of this Golden Age: economic and racial inequality and excessive militarism.
    Reuss emerged from the privileged domain of a wealthy, educated, white man into the realities of contemporary world politics—he saw the inequality and poverty in American cities and third world countries, and he saw politicians and laws disrespectful of the environment. Taking these experiences to heart, Reuss took action. He authored the legislation that led to the Peace Corps, he fought for environmental protection, and became a major voice in American politics. When Government Was Good provides anyone interested in public life with insights about this fascinating man's experiences, beliefs and ideas for addressing the problems of the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299161903
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
05/14/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Pt. IGetting There (1912-1955)
1Growing Up German American (1912-1936)3
2Depression and War (1936-1946)11
3The Rocky Road to Capitol Hill (1946-1955)26
Pt. IIThe Well of the House (1955-1983)
4Foreign Policy53
5The Environment70
6Full Employment Without Inflation81
7International Economics94
8The House Banking Committee101
9The City112
10Equal Rights120
11Serving Constituents132
12Our Constitutional System137
Pt. IIITapering off (1983 and After)
13Discovering Nongovernmental Organizations157
14Reflections on the Golden Age164
Notes171
Index179

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