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Pepper; Eyewitness to a Century

Pepper, Claude Denson, with Gorey, Hays

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ISBN 10: 0151716951 / ISBN 13: 9780151716951
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, CA, 1987
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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24 cm. xvi, 320 pages. Illustrations. Footnotes. Index. Inscribed on fep by Both Claude Pepper and co-author Hayes Gorey. Claude Denson Pepper (September 8, 1900 - May 30, 1989) was an American politician of the Democratic Party, and a spokesman for left-liberalism and the elderly. He represented Florida in the United States Senate from 1936 to 1951 and the Miami area in the United States House of Representatives from 1963 until 1989. After serving a single term in the Florida House of Representatives, Pepper won a 1936 special election to succeed Senator Duncan U. Fletcher. Pepper lost the 1950 Senate Democratic primary to Congressman George Smathers and returned to private legal practice the following year. In 1962, Pepper won election to a newly-created district in the United States House of Representatives. He emerged as a staunch anti-Communist and strongly criticized Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Pepper served as Chairman of the House Committee on Aging and pursued reforms to Social Security and Medicare. From 1983 to 1989, he served as Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee. Derived from a Kirkus review: Miami Congressman Pepper, a New Deal liberal still walking tall at age 87, has had an unusual two-part career, first as a young senator and friend of FDR, then as congressional king of the elderly. Pepper gained from his upbringing in poor, rural Alabama a solid faith that government has the most power to aid the sick and poor. His oratorical talent and fidelity to the New Deal quickly captured FDR; Pepper became a party tyro, active in conventions, traveling abroad to meet Hitler before the war and Churchill and Stalin after. The book's true heart and real drama lie in the Senate years. Mildred, his now-deceased wife of 40 years, is a steady presence but not as colorful as the politicos. A insightful memoir--Pepper is too much of a politician to probe deeply into the blights of racism and McCarthyism that scarred his career--and a fully satisfying one. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 75287

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Title: Pepper; Eyewitness to a Century

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, CA

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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The life story of Claude Pepper reveals the political career and personal philosophy of the influential politician and the great events, personalities, and scoundrels of the century.

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Pepper was born in Georgia in 1900. After Army service, he studied law at Harvard where he became a traditional Progressive and later a supporter of the New Deal. Defeated for the Senate in 1950, he practiced law until his victorious campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives, where he has emerged as the leading advocate of the senior citizen lobby. His autobiography, written with Time correspondent Gorey, is a highly partisan name-dropping document. The accounts of great legislative battles are simplistic and one-sided. The book's value is primarily anecdotal, and the diary excerpts have the quality of someone knowing he's living through history. James L. Jablonowski, History Dept., Marquette Univ., Milwaukee
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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