Stranger Among Friends

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 25, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
"From my fear of coming out to coming on strong in the struggle for human rights, this is my American journey, the story of an outsider on the inside, a gay man proudly committed to a life of standing up for freedom.

"President Clinton and I were born three days apart.  We had both dreamed of serving our country.  There was one difference:  He could pursue his dream, while I felt I could not.  The President was born straight and I was born gay."

In this stirring personal history, one of America's most influential gay rights advocates recounts his extraordinary career as a policy maker and adviser to the major political leaders of our time, and his own often anguishing, ultimately triumphant life as a gay man.  A longtime personal friend of Bill Clinton, in Stranger Among Friends David Mixner offers an insider's look at the power struggles that occur every day in our nation's capital and candid insights on the Clinton administration's successes and failures.  Spanning three decades of human rights activism--from the behind-the-scenes negotiations to the painful betrayals to the hard-won victories--his forthright story unflinchingly explores what it means to be an outsider on the inside, and sends a message of hope to all who have ever stood up for what they believe.
 

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Contents

Prologue
PART ONEThe Journey
CHAPTER ONEThe Awakening
CHAPTER TWOInto Politics
CHAPTER THREEBuilding a Future
CHAPTER FOURThe Vietnam Moratorium
CHAPTER FIVEThe November March
CHAPTER SIXAlone
PART TWOCommanding Respect
CHAPTER TWELVEA Reason to Hope
CHAPTER THIRTEENOn the Campaign Trail
CHAPTER FOURTEENHappy Days Are Here Again
CHAPTER FIFTEENThe Roar of the Crowd
PART THREELet Freedom Ring
CHAPTER SIXTEENBetrayals
CHAPTER SEVENTEENHard Times

CHAPTER SEVENPrecipice
CHAPTER EIGHTGood Times AComing
CHAPTER NINEThe Nightmare Begins
CHAPTER TENLosses
CHAPTER ELEVENInto the Night
CHAPTER EIGHTEENWe Are Not Afraid
CHAPTER NINETEENMoving On
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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David Mixner, whom Newsweek once called "the most powerful gay man in America," has been an activist and a political strategist for decades. He is the author of the highly praised memoir Stranger Among Friends, as well as Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage and At Home with Myself: Stories from the Hills of Turkey Hollow.

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