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Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards

Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards

By: Jan Reid (author)Paperback

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Winner, Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize, Texas State Historical Association, 2012Liz Carpenter Award for Research in the History of Women, Texas State Historical Association, 2012 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Jan Reid draws on his long friendship with Richards, interviews with her family and many of her closest associates, her unpublished correspondence with longtime companion Bud Shrake, and extensive research to tell a very personal, human story of Ann Richards's remarkable rise to power as a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."

About Author

W. K. "KIP" STRATTON has written for Sports Illustrated, GQ, Outside, Southern magazine, Americana, and D: The Magazine of Dallas. His previous book is Backyard Brawl: Inside the Blood Feud between Texas and Texas A&M. Harcourt will publish his next book, Chasing the Rodeo, in 2005. He lives near Austin, Texas.


Acknowledgments Prologue: Glimpses Part I: Gardens of Light Chapter 1: WacoChapter 2: New FrontiersChapter 3: Lovers LaneChapter 4: Mad Dogs and First FridaysChapter 5: The Hanukkah Chicken Part II: Superwoman's Chair Chapter 6: Problem LadyChapter 7: LandslidesChapter 8: Raw DealsChapter 9: CapsizedChapter 10: The Class of '82Chapter 11: Raise Money and WaitChapter 12: Cheap Help Part III: Only in Texas Chapter 13: Poker FacesChapter 14: The SpeechChapter 15: DispatchesChapter 16: Backyard BrawlChapter 17: Answer the QuestionChapter 18: Bustin' RocksChapter 19: The Rodeo Part IV: The Parabola Chapter 20: The New TexasChapter 21: Fast StartChapter 22: EthicistsChapter 23: Odd CouplesChapter 24: FavorablesChapter 25: White HotChapter 26: Heartaches by the NumberChapter 27: Troubles by the ScoreChapter 28: SassChapter 29: Collision CourseChapter 30: Queen Bee Epilogue: Passages NotesPhoto CreditsIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780292754492
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 495
  • ID: 9780292754492
  • weight: 964
  • ISBN10: 0292754493

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