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A reprint of the Doubleday edition of 1976 with a new afterword by Norman Sherman. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.


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A reprint of the Doubleday edition of 1976 with a new afterword by Norman Sherman. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

30 review for Education Of A Public Man: My Life and Politics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Fascinating autobiography of a Minnesota legend. I knew a lot of the major points: the speech in 1948 at the democratic national convention, where HHH's support for civil rights began driving the racists out of the party; the merging of the Democrats and the Farmer-Labor parties that still exists today as the DFL; the rise in the senate eventually becoming LBJ's VP; the race in 1968 where a country tearing itself apart over Vietnam and civil rights handed us Nixon. But there's a ton here I Fascinating autobiography of a Minnesota legend. I knew a lot of the major points: the speech in 1948 at the democratic national convention, where HHH's support for civil rights began driving the racists out of the party; the merging of the Democrats and the Farmer-Labor parties that still exists today as the DFL; the rise in the senate eventually becoming LBJ's VP; the race in 1968 where a country tearing itself apart over Vietnam and civil rights handed us Nixon. But there's a ton here I didn't really know about. I missed his other runs for president, not realizing he was a serious contender in 1960 or again in 1972. I didn't know much about his early life and how far he came in overcoming poverty and the varied career opportunities before him until he finally made politics his life as Mayor of Minneapolis. It's really interesting stuff. It's a pretty honest and fair look from his perspective at his life and the politics, too. HHH isn't afraid to admit areas where he was wrong, and he stands up strongly on things other people thought he was wrong about and he still thinks he was right. He states it pretty clearly what he thinks and lets you judge the truth of it. One thing that shines through the entire book is his deep and abiding love of the United States, passion for public service, and enduring positive belief in the best of people and what we may accomplish. There's a lot of lessons and comments that are remarkably applicable to what we face as a country today, and it's rather fascinating to read. His lessons on Vietnam are applicable to the "War on Terror" and it makes you wonder if we will ever learn. Excellent book on a great and often forgotten man.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dalton

    One of the greatest memoirs I have read. Though Humphrey's time in politics came and went long before me It shows the passion and dedication of a public servant who left a profound impact on modern liberal politics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andy Miller

    The bulk of this autobiography by Hubert Humphrey was written shortly after he lost the 1968 presidential election with an ending chapter that briefly covered his life from then until 1975. Humphrey was at his best writing this book when recounting his childhood, young life and years in the Senate. His heartfelt memories of his family, his childhood home and how his family was forced to sell it during the Depression, and the sacrifices made for his on again off again college career show the The bulk of this autobiography by Hubert Humphrey was written shortly after he lost the 1968 presidential election with an ending chapter that briefly covered his life from then until 1975. Humphrey was at his best writing this book when recounting his childhood, young life and years in the Senate. His heartfelt memories of his family, his childhood home and how his family was forced to sell it during the Depression, and the sacrifices made for his on again off again college career show the shaping of his values along with his natural optimism. I especially enjoyed the stories of his father, a Democrat in small Midwestern towns where his progressive beliefs were typically in the minority but carried respect from those who disagreed with him--all the while struggling to support his family. I also enjoyed his recounting of his early years in the Senate where he began as an outcast, largely from his leadership of the adoption of the strong civil rights plank in the 1948 Democratic convention, to his increasing influence that resulted from his love of the Senate as an institution and his genuine affection and respect for fellow senators even when he was on opposing sides. I especially enjoyed the telling of the passage of the first civil rights act, one of my favorite parts was his accomodation of the health issues of Willis Robertson, the elderly senator from Virginia, during the fillibuster, and the poignant payback by Robertson who answered quorum calls for Humphrey when there were not enough pro civil rights senators on the floor Humphrey was less effective when writing about his experience as Vice President, the Vietnam War, and his Presidential campaign. He was perhaps too close in time to those experiences to be candid, understandably too bitter, though bitter seems too strong a word, about those experiences to be completely objective about the people and his experiences But all in all, a great book about one of our true leaders from the mid 20th century

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leif Kurth

    Humphrey's story has a strong sense of "Americana" throughout. His upbringing in small town/rural South Dakota (values) and his yearning to be part of something bigger (duty to the public good/idealist) laid the foundation for his personal and professional transition to a progressive big city mayor (Minneapolis, 1945-'48) U.S. Senator, from Minnesota (1949-'64 & 1971-'78), and eventually Democratic nominee for the Presidency (1968 Presidential election). However, the journey is only part of Humphrey's story has a strong sense of "Americana" throughout. His upbringing in small town/rural South Dakota (values) and his yearning to be part of something bigger (duty to the public good/idealist) laid the foundation for his personal and professional transition to a progressive big city mayor (Minneapolis, 1945-'48) U.S. Senator, from Minnesota (1949-'64 & 1971-'78), and eventually Democratic nominee for the Presidency (1968 Presidential election). However, the journey is only part of Humphrey's story. The work he did to move the Democratic Party in the direction of promoting Civil Rights and Voting Rights for African Americans (leading to passage of the Civil Rights Act, 1964, & Voting Rights Act, 1965) his work to make the world better through ongoing dialogue and the Peace Corps, and his belief that the U.S. government was a necessary good that helped make all of our lives better, was what set his story apart from so many other politicians. He not only talked the talk, he walked the walk and was willing to compromise (work across the aisle) for the good of the American people.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Estlund

    This was an immensely interesting read, particularly given how much time I've spent reading about this time period. It was most interesting because of the difference in perspective. The LBJ books were about the time period, but from on "objective bystander's" point of view. This was in the man's own words. Very interesting counterpoint. I think this book--and the LBJ books--have prepared me adequately to read Halbertam's "The Best and the Brightest", a book I've wanted to read for many years This was an immensely interesting read, particularly given how much time I've spent reading about this time period. It was most interesting because of the difference in perspective. The LBJ books were about the time period, but from on "objective bystander's" point of view. This was in the man's own words. Very interesting counterpoint. I think this book--and the LBJ books--have prepared me adequately to read Halbertam's "The Best and the Brightest", a book I've wanted to read for many years now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

    This was one the best political (auto)-biographies I've read. I previously only knew Humphrey as the Democratic loser of the '68 election. This candid revealing memoir outlines his life of victories and losses, doubts and hopes. He, along with Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the true liberal heroes of the mid-20th century. Especially as the line voice in congress for civil rights in 1948. I highly recommend this book for political history readers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Kaiser

    The dude loved and was inspired by his all-american, action-oriented father, and rightfully so. While I wish more of the book was directed around the Hubert's ideas and actions while in office, I can nonetheless appreciate the candidness with which he wrote this auto.

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