Bob Dole: A Pictoral Biography of a Kansan

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Dole's sisters presented him with the first copy as a 73rd birthday present. Dole liked the book so much he requested its photos be used as the foundation of his video autobiography which he narrated during the Republican National Convention in early August.

Compiled by Wichita Eagle and Beacon Publishing, from photos, mementos and other material supplied by Dole's family and friends, hometown nespapers and other sources.

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More than 160 black-and-white photos
Many have never been published before
Many supplied by Dole's sisters from the family's private collection
Emphasis is on Dole's early years, from growing up on the plains in Russell, Kansas to high school, college and the war. Includes dramatic pictures of his 39 months of recovery from devastating war wounds

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If you're tired of all the rhetoric-spewing and mud-slinging from this year's presidential eelction campaign's, this candid pictorial will show you a side of Bob Dole you'd never expect.

The photos and accompanying excerpts piece together a well-written, informative scrapbook of the man behind the solemn mug. This book has it all - from childhood photos to a fraternity composite to his recovery bed when he returned from the war.

And if the idea of a warm, fuzzy side of Dole surprises you, wait 'til you flip through the pages of his college/military years. Bob Dole was (gasp) a babe. Believe it or not, Dole was quite the stud in his early years.

In a 1941 excerpt from the Pony Express, the student newspaper at Russell High School, the paper reports, "Bob Dole was rated the ideal boy of Russell High School by the Girl Reserve Club when they voted by ballot as a part of the boy and girl relations program."

The dapper lad was known by his peers as a shy but popular student with a penchant for snappy clothes - in many of the photos, the young Dole is sporting a hipster suit and the unassuming grin that made him popular with the ladies.

The story of Dole's political career is told through the progression of photos. His high school and college years were centered around sports - the photos of track meets, football games and his basketball teams illustrate the star athlete's passion for sports. But turn a few pages and you'll find a bedridden Dole, crippled by injuries from World War II. The injury ended his career as an athlete, but began his life in politics.

Even if you're not a staunch Republican or a Dole fan, the collection is an easy read and a great, non-partisan way to find out a little more about the Kansan. -- Colleen Rush, associate editor, U Magazine

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