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The hammer : Tom Delay, God, money, and the rise of the Republican Congress
Dubose, Lou.
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First edition.
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New York : Public Affairs, [2004]

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x, 306 pages ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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This is the inside story of the man who spearheaded the fight to reclaim the stolen and confiscated assets of the Jewish victims of World War II with details about that fight and how he won it. Stuart Eizenstat grew up in Georgia in a Jewish home in which the Holocaust was never discussed, as a young man he met no Holocaust survivors nor did he study it at high school or college. It was only when he was in service in the Cinton Administration, that he became aware of this event which was one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century. In his position he was thrust into the epicentre of a remarkable historical event, which was to provide justice, a belated and imperfect justice, but justice nevertheless, 50 years after the end of World War II to over a million people, who were victims of Nazi oppression and genocide. Eisenstat's mission to help assure the restitution of property in Europe grew rapidly in scope with events unfolding rapidly and unpredictably once the wall of silence covering over five decades was first breached.

Author Notes

Lou Dubose was the editor of the Texas Observer for eleven years.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this critical biography, veteran Texas journalists Dubose and Reid tell the story of the boy from Sugarland, Tex., who rose from smalltown exterminator to majority leader of the House of Representatives, earning the nickname "the Hammer" along the way. All the major episodes of DeLay's career are vividly covered: his rise through the House ranks, the coup against Speaker Newt Gingrich, how DeLay built his formidable fund-raising operation and (allegedly) bullied the lobbyists of K Street into towing the GOP party line, his alliance with right-wing Zionists (Christian and Jewish), and his disdain for Bill Clinton. The book is written from a progressive perspective, and the authors do not engage in substantive policy discussions about the merits of DeLay's ideas. There is no examination, for example, of the literature on the efficacy of government regulation-Dubose and Reid simply assume that Delay's hardcore deregulation position is bad. For them, the House under Delay is "no longer a deliberative body" but rather functions as a "plebiscitary" system that merely rubber-stamps the wishes of the Republican leadership. They do, however, affirm that DeLay's positions are sincerely held-that he is a "conviction politician" who may be cynical about process but not about substance. (Sept. 28) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When Tom DeLay was a back-bencher in the Texas legislature, his nickname was "Hot Tub Tom" in recognition of his swinging lifestyle and relaxed approach to government duties. Today, as majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, he's known as "The Hammer." This book traces DeLay's route from low-profile state legislator to powerful congressional leader, taking note of his hostility toward government regulations, adoption of born-again Christianity, role in the Gingrich revolution, and continued importance during the Bush administration. DuBose (editor of the Texas Observer) and Reid (coauthor, Boy Genius: Karl Rove) examine DeLay's fund-raising talents and excesses, his innovative efforts to manipulate lobbyists, and his skills in maintaining control of every important piece of legislation before the House of Representatives. The book offers an excellent primer on the evolution of political fund-raising, especially Political Action Committees and the manipulation of campaign finance reform rules. For readers intrigued by the ways politicians acquire and use power, this book will provide many hours of delightful reading. The documentation is slight, since the authors depended largely on their own reporting, but numerous attributions to news sources instill credibility. Recommended for public libraries and academic libraries with large political science collections.-Jill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: Kicking Ass and Taking Namesp. 1
Chapter 1 Born in the USAp. 11
Chapter 2 Sugar Landp. 24
Chapter 3 Freshman Year: The Exterminator Finds Jesusp. 42
Chapter 4 Solidifying the Basep. 61
Chapter 5 Now the Revolutionp. 83
Chapter 6 Everything Is Deregulatedp. 101
Chapter 7 DeLay Inc.: The Man and His Political Moneyp. 116
Chapter 8 Revolt Within the Revolutionp. 135
Chapter 9 Whipping the Presidentp. 143
Chapter 10 K Street Kingpinp. 163
Chapter 11 Saipanp. 181
Chapter 12 Remaking Texas ... and American Democracyp. 199
Chapter 13 Apocalypse Nowp. 226
Chapter 14 Troubles in Texasp. 244
Conclusion: Division of the Housep. 269
Sourcesp. 283
Indexp. 299