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Author McGarr, Kathryn J.

Title The whole damn deal [electronic resource] : Robert Strauss and the art of politics / Kathryn J. McGarr.

Imprint New York : PublicAffairs, 2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xxiv, 433, [20] p. of plates : ill., port.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Robert S. Strauss was for many decades, the quintessential political operator. He played a pivotal role in US politics for more than fifty years, serving as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, US Trade Representative, and US Ambassador to the USSR and later Russia. He has advised and represented many US presidents for both major political parties. Yet, we know very little of this man who has been so influential behind the scenes. This is the story of how Bobby Strauss, a poor, Jewish boy from West Texas, became Robert S. Strauss, a lawyer and politician of national and international renown. Strauss entered national politics when Beltway outsiders were planning their takeover of the Democratic Party in the aftermath of the divisive 1968 Chicago convention. After the 1972 nomination and subsequent defeat of George McGovern polarized the old and new factions of the Democratic Party, Strauss became chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He managed to create a coalition of old guard conservatives, minorities, youth, and representatives of both labor and big business that resembled the patchwork Democratic Party we still have to this day. Strauss excelled at balancing accommodation and persuasion. He was proud to be an insider and a politician, even when those were considered dirty words, because he enjoyed the negotiations that politics then entailed. His Texas charm and political savvy won over both sides of the aisle in Washington. This book will describe what went on in the smoke-filled rooms, and in the bathrooms of the hotel suites, "where the real decisions were made," as Strauss likes to say. It is a vivid portrait of a bygone era of civilized Washington politics, when Republicans and Democrats worked together without fear of criticism. "-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Strauss, Robert S.
Democratic Party (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century.
Democratic Party (U.S.) -- Biography.
Diplomats -- United States -- Biography.
Politicians -- United States -- Biography.
Political consultants -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9781586488772 (hardback)
9781586488789 (e-book)

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