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Fighting the Unbeatable Foe: Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, the Washington Years

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Fighting the Unbeatable Foe: Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, the Washington Years by Tom Diemer

Howard Metzenbaums Senate yearsHoward Metzenbaum, a poor Jewish kid from the inner city of Cleveland who fought his way to wealth and the United States Senate, became one of Ohios most dominant politicians in the second half of the twentieth century. He represented his state for nineteen years on Capitol Hill, despite being to the political left of most of his heartland constituents. Fighting the Unbeatable Foe tells his storyfrom his stunning upset of John Glenn to his years as a powerful and outspoken member of the U.S. Senate.

Metzenbaum joined the Senate in 1974 and, despite never holding an official party leadership post or chairing a committee, fought his way to the top. He succeeded through sheer force of will and with a brilliant mind and a steely determination that drove him to take extreme measures to get his way. Though known to his colleagues as "Senator No" because of his willingness to tie up the Senate in parliamentary knots for hours on end to block legislation he didn't like, hallmarks of conservative politicians, Metzenbaum was among the Senates most unabashedly liberal members." Fighting the Unbeatable Foe" is the first biography of Metzenbaum, a fascinating individual who, against the odds, rose from humble beginnings to become a multimillionaire businessman and one of the most effective and powerful senators in the land. By conducting interviews with Metzenbaums friends, foes, political scientists, and journalists and consulting primary-source materials, Tom Diemer provides new details about Metzenbaums business deals, his successes on Capitol Hill, and also his embarrassing failures and miscalculations. Metzenbaum remains among the most interesting and paradoxical figures in the history of Ohio politics. His story will be enjoyed by anyone interested Ohio history and politics.

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Pages: 264
Size: 2.3 MB
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781631011009 (DRM-EPUB)

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