Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party by Scott Kaufman audiobook

Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford

By Scott Kaufman
Read by Robertson Dean

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16.37 Hours Unabridged
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Within eight turbulent months in 1974 Gerald Ford went from the United States House of Representatives, where he was the minority leader, to the White House as the country's first and only unelected president. His unprecedented rise to power, after Richard Nixon's equally unprecedented fall, has garnered the lion's share of scholarly attention devoted to America's thirty-eighth president. But Gerald Ford's (1913–2006) life and career in and out of Washington spanned nearly the entire twentieth century. Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party captures for the first time the full scope of Ford's long and remarkable political life. The man who emerges from these pages is keenly ambitious, determined to climb the political ladder in Washington, and loyal to his party but not a political ideologue. Drawing on interviews with family and congressional and administrative officials, presidential historian Scott Kaufman traces Ford's path from a Depression-era childhood through service in World War II to entry into Congress shortly after the Cold War began. He delves deeply into the workings of Congress and legislative–executive relations, offering insight into Ford’s role as the House minority leader in a time of conservative insurgency in the Republican Party.

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Within eight turbulent months in 1974 Gerald Ford went from the United States House of Representatives, where he was the minority leader, to the White House as the country's first and only unelected president. His unprecedented rise to power, after Richard Nixon's equally unprecedented fall, has garnered the lion's share of scholarly attention devoted to America's thirty-eighth president. But Gerald Ford's (1913–2006) life and career in and out of Washington spanned nearly the entire twentieth century. Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party captures for the first time the full scope of Ford's long and remarkable political life.

The man who emerges from these pages is keenly ambitious, determined to climb the political ladder in Washington, and loyal to his party but not a political ideologue. Drawing on interviews with family and congressional and administrative officials, presidential historian Scott Kaufman traces Ford's path from a Depression-era childhood through service in World War II to entry into Congress shortly after the Cold War began. He delves deeply into the workings of Congress and legislative–executive relations, offering insight into Ford’s role as the House minority leader in a time of conservative insurgency in the Republican Party.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Comprehensive, exceptional, insightful, detailed, impressively organized and presented . . . the definitive political biography of Gerald Ford. Midwest Book Review

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by Ryan Paul Winn 2/1/2019
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American History Magazine Review Excerpt

Kaufman’s book clearly portrays Jerry Ford and the honest pragmatism that drove him. Robertson Dean reads it masterfully. In a calm voice—not unlike Ford’s own—Dean conveys the best biography so far of the 38th president, presented by Kaufman as a principled man true to his party.

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Author Bio: Scott Kaufman

Author Bio: Scott Kaufman

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 16.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English