This insightful biography covers Edmund aEda Muskieas life and career through his years as governor of Maine, ending when Muskie left for Washington to begin his senatorial career. Born in a paper mill town in Maineas western foothills, one of six children of a Polish immigrant tailor and a Polish- American mother whose English was worse than her husbandas, Muskieas arc through his formative years to future greatness was singular and unpredictableaan American story that looks plausible only in hindsight. A Roman Catholic among Protestants, a Democrat among Republicans, introverted and painfully shy, trained by his father to one day take over the familyas tailor shop, Ed seems nevertheless to have known from boyhood that he had a different destiny to fulfill. Scraping his way through college and law school in the Great Depressionanever sure in late summer whether he could pay for the fall term despite his scholarshipsaMuskie never lost sight of that destiny, nor did he later during his grinding campaigns for governor against the Republican machine. Jim Wetherill follows Muskie through his boyhood and formative years to age forty-five, when Muskie finished his second term as governor and headed for the U.S. Congress. This stylish and well-researched biography captures in intimate detail how the man who would write the Clean Air Act, foster the Clean Water Act, shape the nationas environmental policy, and become Americaas first Polish-American Secretary of State and vice-In a news conference at the end of the session, Ed talked about the failure of the GOP to pass so many of the things Maine needed. On the other hand, he had managed ... Deputy Secretary of State Paul McDonald, a Republican, pointed out that the compromise had come at a high price. aYou call it a ... Remembering an interview in which he was asked if he had any weaknesses, he recalled saying: a Yesanbsp;...
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