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Lessons Learned the Hard Way: A Personal Report

Gingrich, Newt

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ISBN 10: 0060191066 / ISBN 13: 9780060191061
Published by HarperCollins, New York, 1998
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229, illus., index. The author was Speaker of the House. Bookseller Inventory # 54898

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Title: Lessons Learned the Hard Way: A Personal ...

Publisher: HarperCollins, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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The powerful and controversial Speaker of the House discusses the principles and ideas that have shaped his life, both personal and political, and shares the lessons he has learned during his career. 250,000 first printing. $350,000 ad/promo.


Part memoir, part manifesto, Lessons Learned the Hard Way by House Speaker Newt Gingrich discusses the triumphs and failures of the Republican Congress. Gingrich is surprisingly frank in admitting the mistakes he has made over the last four years, including his regret over foot-in-mouth remarks about President Clinton snubbing him on Air Force One. He also provides detailed accounts of the government shutdown, budgetary battles, and the ethical charges made against him. Most insightful political comment: "We were to learn the hard way that there was a difference between having a Republican majority and having a conservative majority." Most unexpected book recommendation: "On my bookshelf is a copy of Franz de Wahl's Chimpanzee Politics, which is a wonderful study of the social and political interactions of the chimpanzee colony at the Arnhem Zoo." Unfortunately, Gingrich doesn't draw a connection between Chimpanzee Politics and Washington politics. Still, this book is highly recommended for political junkies who want to hear Gingrich's account of the last several years unfiltered through the media. --John J. Miller

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