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Consequences : a personal and political memoir
Tower, John.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1991]

Physical Description:
x, 388 pages ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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E840.8.T68 A3 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E840.8.T68 A3 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is the memoir of former US senator John Tower, whose nomination for Secretary of Defence in 1989 was rejected by the Senate, the first such action in America's history against a cabinet nominee of a new president.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Following his 1985 retirement from the Senate after 23 years, Tower (R.,Tex.) served as chief U.S. negotiator for the Strategic Arms Limitation talks, then chaired the special review board that issued the Tower Report on the Iran- contra affair. In 1989 he was nominated by President Bush to serve as secretary of defense. In this highly charged memoir he relates his four-month-long ordeal before the Armed Services Committee and the bitter debate in the Senate over his fitness to serve. Tower lost the confirmation battle, largely due to the opposition of Senator Sam Nunn (D., Ga.) and others who trusted the accuracy of FBI reports suggesting that Tower was a womanizer with a drinking problem. The book reviews the political crosscurrents affecting Tower's nomination, explores the media's coverage and mounts a convincing defense of Tower's qualifications for the post. Disappointingly, this story of a raw deal fails to provide a clear explanation for the animosity Tower's nomination aroused. Photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

Tower, by education a political scientist, served 24 years in the US Senate and as chairman of the Armed Services Committee. He was a pioneer Republican officeholder in his home state of Texas, and worked to build his party there. He also served as an arms-control negotiator for the US in Geneva. These experiences are given routine treatment in this memoir, which instead emphasizes the decision of the US Senate not to confirm Tower as President Bush's Secretary of Defense. Many of those voting against Tower professed discomfort with his alleged life-style. Thus, as Washington memoirs go, one learns more than usual about the drinking habits and other personal limitations of US Senators as viewed by a disgruntled former colleague. Recommended, therefore, with a grain of salt for the Washington shelf and for collections on the US Senate. -N. W. Polsby, University of California, Berkeley