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Where the evidence leads : an autobiography
Thornburgh, Dick.
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Publication Information:
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xii, 386 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
Beginnings -- Tragedy and recovery -- Running for office -- Federal prosecutor -- Serving in Washington, D.C. -- Running for governor : the primary -- The victory! -- A rough start : Three Mile Island -- Reshaping Pennsylvania's economy -- A governor's agenda -- The politics of the governorship -- Harvard and a return to Washington -- Battling white-collar crime -- Crime-fighting in the department of justice -- A global effort -- The ADA and other domestic endeavors -- Criticisms : fair and unfair -- Running for senate -- A sojourn at the United Nations -- Return to the law and other pursuits.
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Set in any era, Dick Thornburgh's brilliant career would merit study and retelling. He was the first Republican elected to two successive terms as governor of Pennsylvania (1979-87). He served in the United States Department of Justice under five presidents, including three years as attorney general in the cabinets of Presidents Reagan and Bush (1988-91). As undersecretary-general of the United Nations (1993), he was the highest ranking American in the organization and a strong voice for reform. Thornburgh's twenty-five-year path through the highest levels of local, state, and national government has coincided with some of the most compelling events of the American century. In this book, he follows his well-known mantra to pursue the trail of evidence wherever it leads as he candidly presents both the public and private stories of a life fully engaged with public service to his country. Nationally, Thornburgh is best remembered for his three years as attorney general, when he managed some of the most vexing,legal matters of the modern age: the Savings and Loan and BCCI scandals; controversy over the "Iraqgate" and INSLAW investigations and the Wichita abortion clinic protests; and prosecutions of Michael Milken, Manuel Noriega, and Marion Barry, as well as those involved in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the Rodney King beating. As governor of Pennsylvania, he faced the nation's worst nuclear accident, weeks after his inauguration in 1979. Thornburgh's cool-headed response to the Three Mile Island disaster is often studied as a textbook example of emergency management. He recounts his efforts to transform the state's ailing smokestack economy and thecontroversy over "Thornfare," an early welfare-to-work program. His historic 1992 battle against Harris Wofford for the late John Heinz Ill's senate seat is one of several political campaigns, vividly recalled, that reveal the i

Author Notes

Dick Thornburgh and his wife, Ginny, live in Washington, D.C., where he is counsel to the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP. His four sons and six grandchildren live in Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1. Beginningsp. 1
2. Tragedy and Recoveryp. 13
3. Running for Officep. 25
4. Federal Prosecutorp. 37
5. Serving in Washington, D.C.p. 62
6. Running for Governor: The Primaryp. 74
7. The Victory!p. 86
8. A Rough Start: Three Mile Islandp. 105
9. Reshaping Pennsylvania's Economyp. 125
10. A Governor's Agendap. 147
11. The Politics of the Governorshipp. 175
12. Harvard and a Return to Washingtonp. 196
13. Battling White-Collar Crimep. 208
14. Crime-Fighting in the Department of Justicep. 227
15. A Global Effortp. 248
16. The ADA and Other Domestic Endeavorsp. 261
17. Criticisms: Fair and Unfairp. 277
18. Running for the Senatep. 300
19. A Sojourn at the United Nationsp. 316
20. Return to the Law and Other Pursuitsp. 334
Afterwordp. 363
Indexp. 367