After introductory chapters in which he tells of his solid Hoosier upbringing in a family which knew the right kind of politics well (his father, Andy Jacobs, Sr., was also a congressman), Jacobs touches on his real-life experiences as an infantryman in Korea and then as a police officer. Then he cuts to the chase -- dirty campaigning and the corruption of national politics -- slander and sweet judgment, caused in large part by unbridled ambition and ignoble campaign contributions.
"The process is obscenely obvious," Jacobs says. "He who pays the campaign fiddler calls the government tune. Officials arrange tax loopholes for, and unnecessary purchases from their contributors (connivers). The connivers, in turn, remit a small portion of their ill-gotten gains in the form of trips to the Caribbean and more campaign contributions to their subservient 'public servants.'"
In this second of two books about his experience in public service (the first was The 1600 Killers, Alistair Press, 1999), Jacobs tells his tale through the medium of inside stories -- and he's a master storyteller. This book is well worth your time, and, as Andy says, "perhaps even worth your money."
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Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Getting Started||1|
|Chapter 2||"A" for Effort||53|
|Chapter 3||Never Again is Always a Guess||74|
|Chapter 4||The Sure Bet||114|
|Chapter 6||Four More Years -- of War||152|
|Chapter 7||From Glass, a Stone's Throw to the Senate||163|
|Chapter 8||Mapped Out||175|
|Chapter 10||The Second Time: A Long Way Around||201|
|Chapter 11||Double De-fault||222|
|Chapter 12||The Moral Equivalent||228|
|Chapter 13||Rabbit Punch||250|
|Chapter 15||"Enter, Stage Right"||288|
|Chapter 16||Hard Times||301|
|Chapter 18||Big Money -- Ask Not to do Much for Your Country||352|
|Chapter 19||State of Vice Presidents||378|
|Chapter 20||The Six-pack||401|
|Chapter 21||The Governors||414|
|Chapter 22||The Mirror||425|
|Epilogue: Knowing What I Knew Then||442|