Raising Cain: The Life and Politics of Senator Harry P. Cain

Raising Cain: The Life and Politics of Senator Harry P. Cain

by C. Mark Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781937454159
Publisher: cms-author.com
Publication date: 08/09/2018
Series: Raising Cain Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,235,603
File size: 8 MB

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Raising Cain: The Life and Politics of Senator Harry P. Cain 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
clvg More than 1 year ago
You may wonder. . . why read a book about an interesting, but now obscure, mid-20th century soldier, politician, and civil libertarian, esp. if you are not from or living in Washington state? After reading this excellent book, here are a few of my reasons. . . Cain's is a highly readable and fascinating story which oft reads more like a novel than a biography. The author largely lets him tell his story in his own words through his journal entries, letters, scripts of radio addresses and speeches and interviews. Cain's first-hand account of pre-war England and Germany, his letters home during the invasion of Italy and the Battle of the Bulge are riveting. Cain's core conservative-libertarian philosophy and his sense of humor are clearly evident. Second, author C. Mark Smith is adept at transporting the reader to the myraid locales of the story, describing the sights and sounds - even occasionally the smells - of what Cain is experiencing. Cain was elected to the US Senate in 1946 and became one of the most conservative, some would say reactionary, Republicans in the Senate. Perhaps the most interesting and revealing part of Raising Cain are the chapters dealing with Cain's term on the Subversive Activities Control Board during the Eisenhower Administration. The book provides a fascinating inside look, in almost day-to-day detail, of the "Cain Mutiny" - his efforts to modify and ultimately to end, the use of the Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations as a key enabler of governemnt programs that infringed on the civil liberties of public employees during the second Red Scare. It is a classic story of the challenges inherent in the on-going conflict between protecting the internal security of the nation and the individual liberties of its citizens, and it is as timely today as it was in Cain's day. I found the story of Cain's life after Washington, DC as he worked in community development and civil liberties activities in his adopted Miami, Florida home during the last twenty years of his life to be most interesting. He was on the forefront in activities of the Civil Rights era and the Viet Nam War. Political junkies of all persuasions will enjoy this book.
danp56 More than 1 year ago
Mark Smith has created a beautifully crafted look at Northwest history and of Senator Cain. This work, based on both public and private family documents, as well as the author's personal acquaintance with the Cain family, gives Senator Cain's public persona a warm and syspathetic personal side. Well worth the read!!! danp56
wordsmith1 More than 1 year ago
Harry Pulliam Cain enjoyed an unlikely but meteoric political career first as mayor of Tacoma, Washington, and then as a one-term Republican senator from Washington state. But his career in Washington state politics flamed out in resounding defeat in 1952, and he was generally dismissed as a quirky maverick. Author C. Mark Smith brings the perspective of a family friend and finds consistency in Cain's patriotism and a devotion to civil liberties that spanned decades. Political biography all too often has a cardboard-cutout quality. This one is admirably three-dimensional. Smith gives us insights into a life that deserves to be remembered.