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Biographical directory of the governors of the United States, 1983-1988
Mullaney, Marie Marmo.
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Westport, CT : Meckler, [1989]

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ix, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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JK2447 .M86 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This is the fifth in a series of biographical directories of American governors from territorial (CH, May '85) and Colonial (CH, Dec '80) times through the Republic to 1978 (CH, Dec '78) and on to the present. The editor of this newest volume (a historian, Caldwell College) maintains that during the last 25 years there has been a transformation in the office of governor. Today, the state house, not Capitol Hill, has become an increasingly attractive means of attaining political power. The "Reagan Revolution" has been partially responsible for this shift of influence. Mullaney concludes that, more than ever, states have become laboratories for the development of solutions to national problems, and thus governors are an essential ingredient in studying contemporary issues. Entries are arranged alphabetically by state in three to four pages of narrative which includes basic biographical information (birthplace, parents, religion, family, political affiliation, election results, and political and private careers), a photograph, and bibliography. Significant space is devoted to an analysis of major campaign issues and an assessment of the governorship. The extent of personal information is inconsistent from entry to entry. Suitable for public or academic libraries; but one must question the need for such a reference tool since it relies so heavily on a few readily available sources, such as The New York Times and The Almanac of American Politics.