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The Long Game: A Memoir Hardcover – 1 June 2016
Now Senator McConnell finally opens up about his life and career, giving readers an intimate look at his personal motivations and political ambitions, as well as offering a peek behind the curtain of how the Washington political machine really operates at the highest levels. Among his many insights, Senator McConnell shares his private thoughts on-
His secret formula for deciding how to vote on appointments and major bills.
What happened at the dawn of the Obama Administration to poison its relations with Congress. What he really thinks of his Senate archrival, Harry Reid. What President Obama could have and should have learned from Vice President Biden. The falseness behind Hillary Clinton's much-vaunted moderation. What happened during the fights over Obamacare and the government shutdowns. How he deals with impatient colleagues such as Ted Cruz and the Tea Party Republicans in the House. Though the public and most politicians are increasingly impatient for change, Senator McConnell remains committed to a patient approach, having learned over his long career that lasting change can only be won by playing the long game.
His book will be an absorbing, revelatory read for political junkies, for anyone who wants to know the real story of what goes on in Congress, and for those who still believe-or need convincing-that the system of government the Founders left us is perfectly suited to addressing the problems of the day.
"From Alabama country boy bedridden for two years with polio to Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate is a remarkable journey. Mitch McConnell tells this quintessentially American story with lucid prose and refreshing candor. A most valuable historical contribution to the politics of our time."
--Charles Krauthammer, author of Things That Matter
--Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian "With candor and a sure sense of history--both of the nation's and of the Senate--Mitch McConnell has written an engaging and compelling memoir of a life spent in the arena. Readers seeking to understand where we are, how we got here, and what might come next will find this book at once entertaining and essential."
--Jon Meacham, author of Destiny and Power "Mitch McConnell's absorbing memoir arrives at a moment when the nation needs and deserves what his book provides--a mature defense of the political profession by one of its best practitioners. His career in one of America's most complex institutions demonstrates that politics is both an individual craft and a team sport. His readers will acquire deepened respect for him, for the Senate and for the patience that politics requires and rewards."
--George F. Will, author of A Nice Little Place on the North Side "Sen. McConnell has been a tough foe of President Obama and the Democrats, but in this revealing memoir he also takes on the tea party and other purists for engaging in futile gestures and preferring to make a point rather than a difference. Even if you don't agree with his politics, you'll find a wealth of valuable lessons to learn from his journey."
--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and president and CEO of the Aspen Institute "Mitch McConnell's impressive career in the U.S. Senate demonstrates the power of strong leadership coupled with patience and perseverance. The Long Game is a fascinating and enjoyable read that vividly depicts the origins of McConnell's tenacity and commitment to public service, and shares how-to secrets from an American statesman."
--Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute
- Publisher : Sentinel; 1st edition (1 June 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399564101
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399564109
- Dimensions : 15.88 x 2.54 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 544,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Per McConnell, or Molloy, in politics some try to make a point, others to make a difference. McConnell sees himself as very much the latter. He prefers the long game (compromise, respecting traditions, etc.) to flashy press releases.