A Pryor Commitment: The Autobiography of David Pryor

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Arkansas Pr
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"David Pryor's autobiography, A Pryor Commitment, brings to life from early memory the aspirations, troubles, and insights of a rich life and distinguished career in public service, Starting with small-town recollections, he moves swiftly through his years as a newspaper editor, a state representative in the Arkansas legislature, a Congressman in Washington, a two-term governor back in his home state, and 18 years in the United States Senate." "While Pryor's book takes the reader through years of public policy and formal legislative history, the clear emphasis is on the personal and private side of the story. Making the narrative even more readable and appealing, the tale is told with a strong dose of humor, self-deprecation, and irony." "We find out what David Pryor was thinking as a child growing up in the segregated South. We learn the details of his courtship and the balancing act demanded of a young father and a politician on his way up. We're told what he was thinking when he took a controversial stand at the 1968 Democratic Convention, and how his early defeat in a Senate race nearly ended his political career." "This is the story of a dedicated public figure who, for the past 50 years, has found himself an active player on the public stage. After leaving the Senate, Pryor directed the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School, volunteered to work with refugees in Albania, and became the first Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service. The strength of his memoir is captured in the book's final line: "It's been a great trip.""--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
"The Fun's Done"p. 15
River Cityp. 20
Edgar and Susiep. 26
Jessie and The Glass Hatp. 34
Mary Elizabeth McFadden Cooper Heard Wilburn and Biggiep. 39
War, Mustin Lake, and Dixiecratsp. 44
Leaving Homep. 49
Cherry Pickersp. 56
The Man from the Hillsp. 63
Moving Onp. 73
Conventional Wisdomp. 78
A "Sovereign" Commissionp. 84
A Whole New Lifep. 91
A Public and Private Citizenp. 98
Hitting the Trail: The First Campaignp. 102
A Fresh Young Turkp. 109
A Good Lifep. 116
Photo Section Ip. 123
A Sudden, Surprising Openingp. 141
A Grueling Race Beginsp. 143
Answering a Letterp. 150
Turning on a Dimep. 155
The New Kid on the Blockp. 160
Vietnamp. 168
Turning Pointp. 174
Senior Citizensp. 178
Aiming at Goliathp. 184
Caught in Firestormsp. 190
A New Pair of U.S. Kedsp. 195
The Old Warriorp. 199
The Long Aftermathp. 205
On the Road Againp. 209
The Once and Future governorp. 218
Pulling it All Togetherp. 223
Getting Down to Businessp. 228
Prisons and Riversp. 233
Europe, Labor, and Lindseyp. 239
The Coon Dogp. 243
The Die is Castp. 247
Back to the Hillp. 255
Photo Section IIp. 261
The Upper Chamberp. 281
Cars, Consultants, College and Sovietsp. 290
A Matter of Ethicsp. 295
Strangers in a Strange Landp. 300
"The Great Communicator"p. 305
The Last Hurrahp. 316
"I Owe Arkansas Everything..."p. 321
The Right Placep. 326
A Front-Row Seatp. 334
A Walk in the Woodsp. 339
The Graying of Americap. 345
Friends of Billp. 352
The Comeback Kidp. 355
The New Team in Townp. 359
A Small River in Arkansasp. 366
The Long Goodbyep. 372
Finding a Placep. 377
The Road to Albaniap. 382
Back to Schoolp. 389
Voices of Historyp. 397
Indexp. 403
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