Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat


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Smithsonian Books
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6.12 X 1.73 X 9.18 inches | 2.17 pounds
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About the Author

Don Oberdorfer is the author of The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History and was a National Book Award finalist for this book,


"Oberdorfer is one of America's keenest analysts of the international scene."--James A. Baker III, former US Secretary of State

"Mike Mansfield, one of the great Americans of the twentieth century, had an epic life, from the copper mines of Butte to the center of power in Washington for four crucial decades. Don Oberdorfer has done justice to his subject, with a biography as solid and understated and praiseworthy as Mansfield himself."--Washington Post

"There are parts of this fine new biography of Senator Mike Mansfield, as he pleads with Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson not to plunge America into war in Southeast Asia, that could break your heart. . . . This is a thorough biography of a public man who served longer as majority leader than any other."--New York Times Book Review

"A luminous account of a public servant who was the epitome of integrity, a worthy tribute to its subject."--Fred Greenstein, Director, Program in Leadership Studies, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

"Don Oberdorfer's magisterial biography matches the stature of the man."--Sen. Tom Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader

"What an extraordinary statesman, what an extraordinary biographer, what a spell-binding story."--Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Research Professor and founder of Asia Center, Harvard University

"[An] extraordinarily well-researched portrait of a man at the center of so many tumultuous events. . . . [a] deep and probing biography."--George P. Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of State