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Daniel Patrick Moynihan : the intellectual in public life
Katzmann, Robert A.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University press, [1998]

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xv, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Based on a conference held at the Wilson Center on March 17, 1997 in honor of Moynihan's seventieth birthday.
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E840.8.M68 D36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Robert A. Katzmann is a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Second Circuit. He has taught law, government, and public policy at Georgetown University, and has served as president of the Governance Institute and senior fellow and acting director of the Government Studies Program at the Brookings Institution

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Booklist Review

Even Moynihan's critics concede that he has carved out quite a career as academic, public servant, and elected official. This Festschrift results from a 17 March 1997 celebration of his seventieth birthday. Nathan Glazer, Robert A. Peck, Seymour Martin Lipset, Nicholas N. Eberstadt, and Katzmann consider Moynihan's ideas in essays on his work on ethnicity, public works, and secrecy, his use of epidemiology as an approach to social problems, and his "prescience" as a politician. Stephen Hess, Suzanne R. Garment, Michael Barone, and Richard K. Eaton take on Moynihan's work in the executive branch, foreign policy positions, and the Senate and as defender of an independent judiciary. Tim Russert of Meet the Press, former Senator Bill Bradley, and friend James Q. Wilson celebrate Moynihan the man. Because Moynihan's career continues--he'll be a major player in the coming social security debates and is working to change government security practices (see Secrecy [BKL S 1 98])--readers will have to wait for a more evenhanded evaluation; until then, this volume displays his eclectic accomplishments. --Mary Carroll

Choice Review

Scholar, prolific author, provocative thinker, executive branch official, US senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan has lived a fantastically varied life. At a 1997 conference on which this book is based, Moynihan's friends and colleagues feted him as an individual "with an almost uncanny ability to fix upon issues that are not yet widely noticed or discussed but that soon come to occupy center stage" in the national consciousness. The senator was also lauded for his consistency and was praised for "his ability to transform the very nature of a familiar, even somewhat shopworn debate by looking at a problem in an entirely new way." Conference participants included individuals from the many facets of Moynihan's life and career(s). His analyses of national social problems, his concerns about the use and misuse of official secrecy, his service in the cabinets of several presidents, as well as his legislative service all receive treatment. The most endearing and intriguing evaluation of Moynihan was delivered by Michael Barone, who called him a Renaissance man and declared Moynihan "the nation's best thinker among politicians since Lincoln and its best politician among thinkers since Jefferson." High praise, indeed, for this New York giant on the national political stage. General readers and undergraduate students. W. K. Hall Bradley University

Table of Contents

Susan Henshaw JonesRobert A. KatzmannCharles BlitzerRobert A. KatzmannNathan GlazerSeymour Martin LipsetNicholas N. EberstadtRobert A. PeckRobert A. KatzmannStephen HessSuzanne R. GarmentMichael BaroneRichard K. EatonTim RussertBill BradleyJames Q. WilsonMichael J. Lacey
Foreword, 2004p. XI
Remembering Daniel Patrick Moynihanp. XIII
Acknowledgments, 2004p. XXV
Forewordp. XXVII
Acknowledgmentsp. XXXI
Chapter 1 Introduction--The Intellectual in Public Life: A Tribute to Daniel Patrick Moynihanp. 1
Part 1 Ideas
Chapter 2 Daniel P. Moynihan on Ethnicityp. 15
Chapter 3 The Prescient Politicianp. 26
Chapter 4 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Epidemiologistp. 44
Chapter 5 Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the Fall and Rise of Public Worksp. 68
Chapter 6 Daniel Patrick Moynihan on Secrecyp. 98
Part 2 Office
Chapter 7 The Federal Executivep. 113
Chapter 8 The American Ambassadorp. 124
Chapter 9 A Renaissance Man in the Senatep. 134
Chapter 10 The Third Branchp. 146
Part 3 The Man
Chapter 11 Wit and Wisdom: Moynihan and Meet the Pressp. 157
Chapter 12 A Colleague's Perspectivep. 165
Chapter 13 Patp. 172
Appendix A Biographical Facts: Daniel Patrick Moynihanp. 181
Appendix B A Selected Annotated Bibliography of the Writings of Daniel Patrick Moynihanp. 196
Addendum, 2004p. 213
Appendix C Major Senate Achievementsp. 218
About the Contributorsp. 229
Indexp. 233