Daniel Patrick Moynihan : a portrait in letters of an American visionary / edited with an introduction by Steven R. Weisman
- Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003
- Additional Titles:
- Portrait in letters of an American visionary
- New York : PublicAffairs, 
- Copyright Date:
- 1st ed.
- Physical Description:
- vi, 705 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Weisman, Steven R.
- "I think we are going to make history" -- "Nine pages of dynamite" -- "We were going to change this country" -- "Welfare is a bankrupt and destructive system" -- "The erosion of authority will continue" -- "...a president they trust and admire" -- "Something perhaps to be forgiven" -- "The Indians have the bomb" -- "Dear Yorker dear New Yorker" -- "Therefore they will decline" -- "We have a prospect of peace on earth" -- "I propose that Kuwait be liberated..." -- "What is to be done?" -- "Thus ends the progressive era" -- "I write to say farewell and thanks" -- My father the writer / Maura Moynihan.
- "Daniel Patrick Moynihan described in the Economist as "a philosopher-Politician-diplomat who two centuries earlier would not have been out of place among the Founding Fathers," never wrote an autobiography. But 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 his own words." "Before his four terms as senator from New York, Moynihan was a pathfinder in John F.Kennedy's New Frontier, a commander in Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty and Great Society, and was embroiled in many greater and lesser moments of Richard Nixon's administration. He was a renowned professor at Harvard well before becoming a successful politician. He was an outspoken envoy and challenger of shibboleths and of anti-Semitism while serving as ambassador to India and the United Nations." "Above all, Moynihan was the originator of powerful ideas that were also powerfully argued-ideas that actually helped transform how Americans think about their country. His writing entertains us with his wit and sparkle, his foibles and feuds, but it bears a lasting relevance because of Moynihan's clarity, understanding and farsightedness toward the intractable questions and cultural conflicts with which the nation struggles today. For a politician to embrace this kind of long-term thinking-on such enduring issues as health care, welfare, the federal budget, the uses and misuses of intelligence, national defense, global ethnic and sectarian conflict, race, and family strains-is extraordinary, even unique."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9781586488017 (hardcover)
- Includes index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Harrisburg copy: Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment; 2010.
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