William S. Cohen, born in Bangor, Maine, was the eldest son of a Jewish father and a Protestant Irish mother. Janet Langhart, an African-American, was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana by her single parent mother, a Southern Baptist. The book draws fascinating parallels between the histories of two people from different regions, races, and religions, as both are witnesses to and targets of the social tensions of the day. Opposites in so many ways-in color, faith, and culture-seemingly a bundle of contradictions, they meet in 1974, become friends, and eventually fall in love. They were married on Valentine's Day 1996.
William S. Cohen is a former Secretary of Defense (1997-2001), U.S. Senator (1979-1997), and U.S. Congressman (1973-1979). He is currently the Chairman and CEO of The Cohen Group. He is the author of ten previous books-four nonfiction, four novels, and two books of poetry. Janet Langhart Cohen is a former model and television journalist. She is currently the CEO of Langhart Communications and President of The Citizen's Patriot Organization. She is the author of From Rage To Reason: My Life In Two Americas (2004).
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. A Capitol Idea Chapter 3 2. Hancock Street Chapter 4 3. Up South Chapter 5 4. Shamrock and A Dreidel Chapter 6 5. Lockfield Gardens Chapter 7 6. Destination Unknown Chapter 8 7. Hoops and Dreams Chapter 9 8. Law School and Other Maladies Chapter 10 9. The Windy City Chapter 11 10. Law and Politics Chapter 12 11. Bean Town and Busing Chapter 13 12. Impeachment Chapter 14 13. A Doctor in the House Chapter 15 14. The Rest of the Bastards Chapter 16 15. Of Polo and Poetry Chapter 17 16. Color Codes Chapter 18 17. Who's Coming to Dinner? Chapter 19 18. The Darndest Things Chapter 20 19. Lucky and Lucy Chapter 21 20. POTUS Chapter 22 21. Doubtless Chapter 23 22. First Lady of the Pentagon Chapter 24 23. Song of Songs Chapter 25 The Annex