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An Independent Man : Adventures of a Public Servant - James M. Jeffords

An Independent Man

Adventures of a Public Servant

By: James M. Jeffords, Yvonne Daley (As told to), Howard Coffin (As told to)

Paperback Published: 7th September 2007
ISBN: 9781416575191
Number Of Pages: 336

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Senator Jim Jeffords's disarmingly frank memoir recounts his idyllic small-town childhood in Rutland, Vermont, his somewhat unruly adolescence, putting himself through Yale University with the help of NROTC, traveling the world during his three-year navy service, and his courtship of Elizabeth Daley when he was a Harvard Law School student.

In his first term as Vermont state senator, Jeffords already had a reputation for being a maverick Republican. He supported welfare bills and environmental protection. As Vermont's attorney general, he helped draft and then implement some of the most important legislation in the nation -- the bottle bill, ban on billboards, and land protection.

Jeffords failed in his bid to be governor of Vermont when conservative Republicans in the state turned against him. When he was elected to the House of Representatives, he was so broke that he lived in his office. Meanwhile, he was battling problems brewing at home. He and his wife divorced and later remarried. But during his congressional years, Jeffords concerned himself with issues of education, energy, and dairy farming. He was the only Republican to vote against Ronald Reagan's budget. He supported Bill Clinton's Health Care Reform and opposed his impeachment. Jeffords's disagreements with the second Bush administration and the Republican leadership led to his decision to leave the party. In My Declaration of Independence, Jeffords wrote about his decision to quit the Republican Party. Now, in this memoir, he tells us more about who he is and what he believes in and what led him to that decision.

He concludes with a section on how we must rebuild America after September 11 and why we must improve our education system. In the vein of Jimmy Carter's An Hour Before Daylight, this is another magical piece of Americana from a different part of the country, steeped in the same lasting values and tough lessons.

Elizabeth Shannon author of "I Am of Ireland: Women of the North Speak Out" Plainspoken, honest, and fiercely independent, Senator Jim Jeffords is a true son of his beloved Vermont. Anyone curious about the man who tipped the balance of power in the U.S. Senate need look no further than Jeffords's candid memoir. Senator Edward M. Kennedy This book could easily be called "Mr. Jeffords Goes to Washington." It tells the inspiring and very moving human story of the man from Vermont whose extraordinary act of conscience led to an earthquake that rocked the nation's capital. Throughout his remarkable career, as these pages make abundantly clear, Jim Jeffords has always been a model of principled political leadership and the best of public life. President Kennedy would have called him a profile in courage, and we'd be a better country today if we had more like him. Michael Waldman author of "POTUS Speaks: Finding the Words That Defined the Clinton Presidency" When Jim Jeffords quit the Republican party, one man's courage remade the U.S. Senate....A candid and moving look at the private costs imposed by a public life. Senator Edward M. KennedyThis book could easily be called "Mr. Jeffords Goes to Washington." It tells the inspiring and very moving human story of the man from Vermont whose extraordinary act of conscience led to an earthquake that rocked the nation's capital. Throughout his remarkable career, as these pages make abundantly clear, Jim Jeffords has always been a model of principled political leadership and the best of public life. President Kennedy would have called him a profile in courage, and we'd be a better country today if we had more like him. Elizabeth Shannonauthor of "I Am of Ireland: Women of the North Speak Out"

Plainspoken, honest, and fiercely independent, Senator Jim Jeffords is a true son of his beloved Vermont. Anyone curious about the man who tipped the balance of power in the U.S. Senate need look no further than Jeffords's candid memoir. Michael Waldmanauthor of "POTUS Speaks: Finding the Words That Defined the Clinton Presidency"

When Jim Jeffords quit the Republican party, one man's courage remade the U.S. Senate....A candid and moving look at the private costs imposed by a public life.

Contents 1 On the Street Where I Lived 2 Leaving Home 3 Ships at Sea 4 Love and Law 5 A Short Primer in Vermont Politics 6 Maverick Republican 7 Making Environmental History 8 David and Goliath 9 The Realities of Power 10 After Nixon 11 The Walking Wounded 12 Leo Ryan, Baby Seals, Solzhenitsyn, and Energy Wars 13 Musical Homes 14 Trickle-Down Economy, the Contras, and the Evil Empire 15 The Second Time Around 16 Protecting Tradition, "The October Surprise," Clarence Thomas, and Working for an International Nuclear Test Ban 17 Building the Case for Education in the Shadow of Gingrich's Contract with America 18 Again the Maverick: Health Care and Impeachment 19 The Singing Senators 20 The Days Before the Switch 21 Making History 22 The Reaction 23 September 11 24 My Challenge to the Country Afterword Appendix: My Declaration, May 24, 2001, Burlington, Vermont Acknowledgments Index

ISBN: 9781416575191
ISBN-10: 1416575197
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 7th September 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.49