Between worlds: the making of an American life

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, Nov 3, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 374 pages
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A rising star of the Democratic Party tells the fascinating story of the ways his multicultural heritage and political education have shaped his dreams for America and given him vital lessons in the art of successful negotiating. Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, may be the most charismatic figure in the Democratic Party today and one of its best natural politicians whose name isn't Bill Clinton. He is the man Colin Powell has called for advice, and the man George Stephanopoulos once called the Red Adair of diplomacy in homage to his ability to put out international fires. He has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize and is counted as one of our most knowledgeable politicians on Iraq and Saddam Hussein; on Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Al-Qaeda; on North Korea; on energy policy; on Latin American affairs; on domestic politics; and on Hispanic America. Richardson's background as the son of an American businessman father and a Mexican mother has offered him an unusual starting point from which to seek a life in public service, but one of his most interesting roles has been that of global troubleshooter. What he has to say about how to negotiate to get what you want shows his true colors: He can be blunt, but charming; tough, but respectful; realistic, but hopeful. Through his work as a hostage negotiator sitting across the table from the likes of Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, and many others-as well as his toil on Capitol Hill, in the United Nations, and New Mexico's state government-he has learned the vital importance of preparation: know as much as possible about your adversary; test your partner's truthfulness; know how much you can concede; never lie and always be direct. Between Worldsis the surprising story of one of our most seasoned and captivating national figures.

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book! Richardson has led an impressive public life, and his international negotiation experiences were of particular interest to me. You can see a more in depth review at my blog: http:// Read full review

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User Review  - Nancy Graham - Goodreads

Fascinating guy, but his autobiography reads like an endless stream of "Dig me!" Read full review


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Governor of New Mexico and former U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Michael Ruby's second book of poetry, WINDOW ON THE CITY, was published by BlazeVOX Books in Buffalo in 2006, and his prose FLEETING MEMORIES is appearing as an ebook this year from Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn. His long poem "First Names" was Mudlark No. 24 (2004). He's also the editor of David Herfort's WASHTENAW COUNTY JAIL AND OTHER WRITINGS (Xlibris, 2005), a 1970s prison memoir. "Titles & First Lines" is part of a recently finished poetry book, COMPULSIVE WORDS. Other recent poems can be found in ezines La Petite Zine, Shampoo, BlazeVOX, Unpleasant Event Schedule, word for/word, GutCult, mprsnd and Dusie. He's currently working on several new poetry books and a prose history of the families of his great-grandparents in Eastern Europe and the U.S. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and works as a journalist.

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