Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary

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PublicAffairs, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 720 pages
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When Daniel Patrick Moynihan died in 2003 the Economist described him as “a philosopher-politician-diplomat who two centuries earlier would not have been out of place among the Founding Fathers.” Though Moynihan never wrote an autobiography, he was a gifted author and voluminous correspondent, and in this selection from his letters Steven Weisman has compiled a vivid portrait of Moynihan's life, in the senator's own words.

Before his four terms as Senator from New York, Moynihan served in key positions under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. His letters offer an extraordinary window into particular moments in history, from his feelings of loss at JFK's assassination, to his passionate pleas to Nixon not to make Vietnam a Nixon war, to his frustrations over healthcare and welfare reform during the Clinton era.

This book showcases the unbridled range of Moynihan's intellect and interests, his appreciation for his constituents, his renowned wit, and his warmth even for those with whom he profoundly disagreed. Its publication is a significant literary event.

 

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Contents

Introduction by Steven R Weisman
1
Chapter One
27
Chapter Two
75
Chapter Three
113
Chapter Four
173
Chapter Five
199
Chapter Six
229
Chapter Seven
273
Chapter Ten
457
Chapter Eleven
487
Chapter Twelve
525
Chapter Thirteen
579
Chapter Fourteen
617
Chapter Fifteen
651
My Father the Writer By Maura Moynihan
665
Acknowledgments
671

Chapter Eight
323
Chapter Nine
387

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Steven R. Weisman is editorial director and public policy fellow at the Peterson Institute in Washington, DC; before that he was the chief international economics correspondent of the New York Times. He also served at the Times as a member of the editorial board, specializing in politics and economics (1995–2002) and as deputy foreign editor. He is the author of The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson—The Fierce Battles over Money and Power That Transformed the Nation, which received the Sidney Hillman Award in 2003 for the book that most advances the cause of social justice.

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