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Millicent Fenwick: Her Way

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ISBN: 0813532310
Издательство: Rutgers University Press
Год издания: 2003
Страниц: 282
Book DescriptionAmy Schapiro has written the first biography of Millicent Fenwick, the popular and colorful New Jersey congresswoman. Affectionately remembered as the pipe-smoking grandmother who many believe served as the model for Garry Trudeau?s Doonesbury character Lacey Davenport, Fenwick transcended that stereotype to become, in the words of Walter Cronkite, "the conscience of Congress." Born in 1910 into comfortable circumstances, Fenwick faced tragedy at an early age when her mother waslost in the sinking of the Lusitania. Following an upper-class childhood and a failed marriage, she began a fourteen-year career at Vogue magazine. In the 1960s, Fenwick became involved in the civil rights movement and took part in local and state politics in New Jersey. Blessed with striking good looks and a sharp wit, she cut a glamorous figure, rising quickly through the ranks of the state Republican party at a time when most of her peers were retiring. When this colorful,...