Republican Leader: A Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell

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ISI Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 261 pages
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"Based on dozens of interviews with McConnell's colleagues, friends, and rivals--and with the senator himself--'Republican leader' recounts McConnell's story from his childhood in the Democratic Deep South, through his political coming of age in the civil rights and Goldwater eras, through his ascendance during the Reagan and Gingrich revolutions, and up through the Bush administration to the present."--Book jacket.

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For people interested in this interesting political figure, this is literally the only McConnell biography. Dyche's extensive interviews with McConnell, and McConnell's occasional apparent candor about the parts of his career that he considers dated enough to discuss freely make the book a resource. Chapters on McConnell's early career and Kentucky politics are strong.
In the second half of the book, with more focus on Washington politics as McConnell becomes a national figure, Dyche's interest seems to flag. The book becomes mostly summary of events, withanalysis provided by increasingly frequent quotes from the New York Times and congressional publications. Dyche's unnecessary insertions of his own conservative views increase as the book advances.
 

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Washingtons Most Important Republican
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Portrait of the Senator as a Young Man 19561967
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Lukewarm Lawyer Passionate for Politics 19681975
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