The Last Great Senator

The Last Great Senator

Robert C. Byrd's Encounters With Eleven U.S. Presidents

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Univ of Nebraska
No person involved in so much history received so little attention as the late Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving U.S. senator. InThe Last Great Senator, David A. Corbin examines Byrd’s complex and fascinating relationships with eleven presidents of the United States, from Eisenhower to Obama. Furthermore, Byrd had an impact on nearly every significant event of the last half century, including the Cold War, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, Kennedy’s New Frontier, the Watergate scandal, the Reagan Revolution, the impeachment of President Clinton, and the Iraq War. Holding several Senate records, Byrd also cast more votes than any other U.S. senator. In his sweeping portrait of this eloquent and persuasive man’s epic life and career, Corbin describes Senator Byrd’s humble background in the coalfields of southern West Virginia (including his brief membership in the Ku Klux Klan). He covers Byrd’s encounters and personal relationship with each president and his effect on events during their administrations. Additionally, the book discusses Byrd’s interactions with other notable senators, including Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Russell, Mike Mansfield, and especially Robert and Edward Kennedy. Going beyond the boundaries of West Virginia and Capitol Hill,The Last Great Senator presents Byrd in a larger historical context, where he rose to the height of power in America.

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Early in his career on Capitol Hill, Senator Robert Byrd was derided as a hillbilly nationalist; it was only later that he was hailed as the conscience of the Senate. This biography is by an insider who was a Byrd staff member for six years and Byrd's speechwriter for 10 years. The biography follows Byrd's 50-year tenure in the Senate, from his early years in Appalachia through his relationships with 11 presidents, from Eisenhower to Obama, and with other senators, especially Robert and Edward Kennedy. The author does not rely on interviews; instead, he draws on documents, Byrd's papers, presidential libraries of correspondence, the Congressional Record, and newspapers. B&w historical and contemporary photos are included. The book is distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, Ă2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781612345000
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 365 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations


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