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Title:
Advise & dissent : memoirs of South Dakota and the U.S. Senate
Author:
Abourezk, James G., 1931-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Lawrence Hill Books, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xi, 267 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781556520662
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

The best-selling Goldwater [BKL Ag 87] may be a smoother read, but Abourezk's is a more personal, more passionate set of political memoirs, and one that showcases a different breed of western statesman. The former senator from South Dakota--who chose to serve only a single term, 1973-79--is as populist as Barry, and his early life was as adventurous as Arizona's living legend's. Abourezk, however, is a populist for different, less well heeled constituencies: the family farmers and Indians of his state, as well as the Arab Americans among whom, as the son of Lebanese immigrants, he belongs. Although some of his anecdotes about lawyering, campaigning, and legislating are clunkers, not a chapter of his book is less than enthralling. His commitment to the rights of the underdog and against the machinations of monied special interests (e.g., the oil industry and PACs, which he believes should be broken up and scrapped, respectively) blazes from every page. Particularly noteworthy is Abourezk's long, indignant exposure of the perfidies of the pro-Israel lobby, which he has sought to counter by founding and working pro bono for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Political apologia of the first order. --Ray Olson


Library Journal Review

Abourezk, a Democrat who served in Congress for almost a decade in the 1970s, details a fascinating journey, both personally and professionally, on his way to Capitol Hill. His tale, however, does not have the stirring triumph of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ; he voluntarily left office in 1979. The annals of the U.S. Senate are replete with accounts of political mavericks, and Abourezk helped lead the charge in the 1970s against the Washington establishment, the status quo, and politics as usual. Perhaps his best training for this exercise was not his war service but his time spent as a bartender in South Dakota. His brand of populist politics infuriated many, pleased others, and should be read by all, for often truth is stranger than fiction.-- Stephen K. Shaw, Northwest Nazarene Coll., Nampa, Id. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.