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The Wisdom of Spiro T. Agnew; a collection of Original Sayings

Agnew, Spiro T., and Ducovny, Amram M. (Compiler)

Published by Ballantine Books, New York, 1970
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63, [1] p. : illus.; 18 cm. Prepared for The National Committee. From an on-line posting: "Amram Ducovny, who realized his dream of becoming a novelist at age 73, died on Aug. 23 in Paris, the city he had moved to so he could concentrate on writing in his retirement. He was 75. The cause was heart disease, said Mr. Ducovny's literary agent, Andrew Blauner. Mr. Ducovny's novel, ''Coney, '' was published in 2000 by Overlook Press and is set in the Coney Island of his youth in the 1930's. The novel ''is as satisfying and exhilarating as a ride on the Cyclone, '' Dana Kennedy wrote in The New York Times Book Review, adding that Mr. Ducovny was able ''to transport readers swiftly into the garish and seamy heart of Coney Island. '' Though it was his first novel, ''Coney'' wasn't Mr. Ducovny's first book; he wrote nonfiction works, including ''David Ben-Gurion in His Own Words'' and several humor books. He was also the author of a play, ''The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, '' which had a brief Off Broadway run in 1967 and gave his 7-year-old son, David, now an actor, his first view of show business. Amram Ducovny supported himself by working in public relations, first for the American Jewish Committee in New York, and until his retirement for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. He moved to Boston in 1977 to become director of public affairs for Brandeis University, and from 1978 to 1982 he was the vice president for public affairs at the university. Mr. Ducovny grew up ''a jazz fanatic'' on a block between Neptune and Mermaid Avenues in Coney Island and graduated from New Utrecht High School, his daughter, Laurie Duchovny, said. He received a B.A. from New York University. Mr. Ducovny said he had dropped the ''h'' in his last name to escape the sort of mispronunciations he suffered at the hands of sergeants while serving in the Army." From Wikipedia: "Spiro Theodore Agnew (November 9, 1918 September 17, 1996) was an American politician who served as the 39th Vice President of the United States from 1969 to 1973, serving under President Richard Nixon. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Agnew was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Baltimore School of Law. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1941, serving as an officer during World War II, and was recalled for service during the Korean War in 1950. He worked as an aide for U.S. Representative James Devereux before he was appointed to the Baltimore County Board of Zoning Appeals in 1957. He lost election for the Baltimore City Circuit Court in 1960, but was later elected Baltimore County Executive in 1962. In 1966 Agnew was elected the 55th Governor of Maryland, defeating Democratic opponent George P. Mahoney. He was the first Greek American to hold the position, serving from 1967 to 1969. At the 1968 Republican National Convention, Agnew was nominated for Vice President; he ran alongside the party's presidential nominee, former Vice President Richard Nixon. They defeated incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Senator Edmund Muskie, in the 1968 presidential election. In 1972 Nixon and Agnew were reelected for a second term, defeating Senator George McGovern and Ambassador Sargent Shriver. During his fifth year as Vice President, late in the summer of 1973, Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney's office for the District of Maryland, on charges of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. In October, he was charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100, 000 while holding office as Baltimore County Executive, Governor of Maryland, and Vice President of the United States. On October 10, 1973, Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29, 500 of income received in 1967, with the condition that he resign the office of Vice President. Nixon replaced him by appointing then House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to the office of Vice President. Agnew was the second Vice President in Un. Bookseller Inventory # 68341

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Title: The Wisdom of Spiro T. Agnew; a collection ...

Publisher: Ballantine Books, New York

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Wraps

Illustrator: Greern, Peter

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Reprint. Fifth printing.

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