Jim Hunt: A Biography

Jim Hunt: A Biography

by Gary Pearce
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Jim Hunt: A Biography by Gary Pearce

As one of Jim Hunt’s closest political advisers, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895873941
Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

About 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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