Fifty years of Arkansas and U.S. politics brought to life by a key participant. David Pryor's career of public service is unparalleled in Arkansas history: he has been elected state representative, congressman, governor, and, alongside Dale Bumpers, U.S. senator (1979-1997). Through it all, Pryor's curiosity, compassion, and concern for ordinary Americans draw the reader from one colorful vignette to another.
David Pryor's mother, one of the the first women to seek public office in Arkansas after women achieved the right to vote, once told a family friend that her son should not enter public life because he would be too easily ""disillusioned."" Perhaps she underestimated her son - and the lessons she taught him. After nearly half a century serving Arkansas and the nation, Pryor continues to serve, now on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Don Harrell, a childhood friend of Pryor's, was the senator's chief of staff during his years in the U.S. Senate and has recently retired as chief of external relations for TIAA-CREF in New York City, where he now resides.