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The Resource Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards, by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris

Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards, by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris

Label
Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards
Title
Let the people in
Title remainder
the life and times of Ann Richards
Statement of responsibility
by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Ann Richards delivered the keynote of the 1988 Democratic National Convention and mocked President George H.W. Bush--"Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth"--She instantly became a media celebrity and triggered a rivalry that would alter the course of American history. In 1990, Richards won the governorship of Texas, upsetting the GOP's colorful rancher and oilman Clayton Williams. The first ardent feminist elected to high office in America, she opened up public service to women, blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, gays, and the disabled. Her progressive achievements and the force of her personality created a lasting legacy that far transcends her rise and fall as governor of Texas. In Let the People In, Jan Reid draws on his long friendship with Richards, interviews with her family and many of her closest associates, her unpublished correspondence with longtime companion Bud Shrake, and extensive research to tell a very personal, human story of Ann Richards's remarkable rise to power as a liberal Democrat in a conservative Republican state. Reid traces the whole arc of Richards's life, beginning with her youth in Waco, her marriage to attorney David Richards, her frustration and boredom with being a young housewife and mother in Dallas, and her shocking encounters with Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. He follows Richards to Austin and the wild 1970s scene and describes her painful but successful struggle against alcoholism. He tells the full, inside story of Richards's rise from county office and the state treasurer's office to the governorship, where she championed gun control, prison reform, environmental protection, and school finance reform, and he explains why she lost her reelection bid to George W. Bush, which evened his family's score and launched him toward the presidency. Reid describes Richards's final years as a world traveler, lobbyist, public speaker, and mentor and inspiration to office holders, including Hillary Clinton. His nuanced portrait reveals a complex woman who battled her own frailties and a good-old-boy establishment to claim a place on the national political stage and prove "what can happen in government if we simply open the doors and let the people in."
Summary
Describes the life and accmplishments of the former Texas governor, utilizing family interviews, previously unpublished correspondence, and extensive research to detail both her political and personal lives
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10156235
Cataloging source
XOJ
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Reid, Jan
Dewey number
  • 976.4063092
  • 920
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Richards, Ann
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Richards, Ann
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Governors
  • Politicians
  • Texas
  • Governors
  • Politics and government
  • Politicians
  • Texas
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the life and times of Ann Richards
Label
Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards, by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Gardens of light: Waco -- New frontiers -- Lovers lane -- Mad dogs and first Fridays -- The Hanukkah Chicken / Superwoman's chair: Problem lady -- Landslides -- Raw deals -- Capsized -- The class of '82 -- Raise money and wait -- Cheap help / Only in Texas: Poker faces -- The speech -- Dispatches
Control code
ocn861700738
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st paperback ed.
Extent
xxiii, 467 pages
Isbn
9780292754492
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)861700738
Label
Let the people in : the life and times of Ann Richards, by Jan Reid ; research assistance by Shawn Morris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Gardens of light: Waco -- New frontiers -- Lovers lane -- Mad dogs and first Fridays -- The Hanukkah Chicken / Superwoman's chair: Problem lady -- Landslides -- Raw deals -- Capsized -- The class of '82 -- Raise money and wait -- Cheap help / Only in Texas: Poker faces -- The speech -- Dispatches
Control code
ocn861700738
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st paperback ed.
Extent
xxiii, 467 pages
Isbn
9780292754492
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)861700738

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