Achieve the Honorable

Achieve the Honorable

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Growing up during the Great Depression and World War II, Ike Skelton dreamed of joining the military. That dream was shattered when he contracted one of the most dreaded diseases of the era: polio. Far from abandoning hope, Skelton, after treatment at Warm Springs, Georgia, overcame his disability and went on to become a college athlete, a celebrated lawyer, a Missouri state senator, and a U.S. Congressman. Achieve the Honorable is the deeply personal tale of Ike Skeltona€™s determined journey from the small town of Lexington, Missouri, to Capitol Hill. During his years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Skelton became known as a bipartisan negotiator and a champion of the Armed Services. Throughout the decades, he helped steer the nation through its most dangerous challenges, from Communism to terrorism; took a leading role in the reform of the Department of Defense; dedicated himself to fulfilling the interests of his constituents; and eventually rose to become chair of the House Armed Services Committee during such pivotal events as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to detailing Skeltona€™s political career and its accompanying challenges and triumphs, Achieve the Honorable provides inside glimpses into the lives of political titans like Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. Along the way, we are treated to Skeltona€™s engaging humor and shrewd insight into twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. politics.A good friend of mine, a deputy court clerk named Joyce Neville, came into the prosecutora#39;s office, closed the door behind ... with the couple still captive in the trunk, and by happenstance a drivera#39;s license examiner administering a driving testanbsp;...

Title:Achieve the Honorable
Author:Ike Skelton
Publisher:SIU Press - 2013-10-07


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