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How Things Really Work: Lessons from a Life in Politics

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Bill Hobby has spent most of his life in and around Texas government, including a record eighteen years as the state's lieutenant governor. His candid recollections about his days in office, as well as his take on what state government should and should not do are part of How Things Really Work: Lessons from a Life in Politics, published by the Dolph Briscoe Center for Ame ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Center for American History (first published September 1st 2010)
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Jan 04, 2011 SA rated it really liked it
Shelves: texas, non-fiction
I was a bit thrown off by the format of this book at first. I guess I was expecting it to be organized chronologically. Instead, it's organized by subject -- in brief chapters. Additionally, the writing style is less than flowery -- it almost resembles the spoken word. At any rate, after I "got over" the format, the book really became a nice read. It read rather quickly...and the shorter chapters organized in seemingly random fashion actually fit the pleasant-but-rambling-at-times format.

Zach Vaughn
Dec 23, 2010 Zach Vaughn rated it liked it
Having been around politics for so long, Hobby has a lot of tales to tell, such as his fight with the Killer Bees, which he compares to the 2003 redistricting fight in the Texas Legislature. He doesn't mince words about what he thinks of current political battles and issues.

Throughout his work, one prominent theme emerges: respect the process. As Hobby as in his last chapter, "Dedicate yourself to the process of governing. Make the system work."

If you are interested in political science, politic
Mar 21, 2011 Evan rated it liked it
I read the whole thing on a 3 hour plane flight. It is mostly personal anecdotes, which is pretty entertaining. However, when he talks about actual policy Hobby delves into empty headed cliche and trite one liners that demonstrate a real lack of deep contemplation. Consider it an easy beach read for the politically minded Texan.
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