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Book Title: Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress|
The author of the book: Olympia Snowe
ISBN 13: 9781602862173
Format files: PDF
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Edition: Hachette Books
Date of issue: May 14th 2013
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In FIGHTING FOR COMMON GROUND: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress (Weinstein Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover), Sen. Snowe offers a candid appraisal of our broken political system and what can, and must, be done to fix it. A clarion call to action, she also pulls back the curtain on the highlights—and lowlights—of her career, her evolution as a legislator, and her remarkable life.
Sen. Snowe’s story is filled with trials and setbacks but also perseverance and success, which molded her into the dedicated lawmaker and advocate she is today. Born in Augusta, Maine, to a Greek immigrant father and first generation American mother—both of whom were restaurant workers--Sen. Snowe was orphaned at the age of nine. She attended a school in New York run by the Greek Orthodox Church for children in need where she had her first taste of independence, often navigating trains solo between the school, New York City, and her aunt and uncle’s home in Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine where she studied political science. After her husband, a state legislator, was killed in an automobile accident when she was twenty-six, she ran for his seat, and thus began her remarkable political career serving in both the Maine House and Senate and in the U.S. House and U.S Senate, where she acquired a reputation for being hard-working and committed to seeking bipartisan solutions to even the most politically volatile issues.
Sen. Snowe has been at the center of some of the most important political moments of our time. In FIGHTING FOR COMMON GROUND she offers an insider’s perspective on health care reform, the debt ceiling crisis, the Bush tax cuts, 9/11, women’s rights, the Clinton impeachment, and the financial crisis of 2008, among other hot button issues. She also offers a number of real solutions to America’s political gridlock, including steps that should be undertaken to change Senate rules and congressional procedures, and those that should be taken to enact campaign finance and political reform (see attached). Today she leads a political action committee, Olympia’s List, to further the goal of a truly bipartisan, productive Congress.
Sen. Snowe has seen the worst that Congress has to offer, but she hasn’t lost hope that it can rise to once again be the greatest deliberative body in the world. By holding Congress and the White House accountable, by tackling real campaign finance reform, by building grassroots movements to reward consensus-building, and by actively engaging young people in the legislative system, she believes that the American people can once again put their faith in the government officials they elect.
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