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Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena

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In 1981, the Commonwealth of Virginia, which had been dominated for decades by "the Organization," a political machine led by former Governor and U.S. Senator Harry Byrd Sr., took its first baby steps to becoming the vibrant state it is today. That year, Charles Robb rejected the machine and began a new Democratic Party in his campaign for governor. Instead of running agai ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Lyons Press
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Lawrence Roberts
Unusually well written political memoir.
I give it 3 1/2 stars. I found this an interesting autobiography of L. Douglas Wilder, first African American governor of Virginia. The history that he witnessed was of interest to me, and I found him to be a generally likable person. He did sound a lot like a politician and was sure he was right in most circumstances. Nevertheless, I found it educational and interesting.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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As an avid reader of Virginia politics, I was excited to read Governor Wilder's account of the life that led to his involvement in politics. Wilder uses illustrations of his encounters with various types of leaders to explain the experiences that shaped his life and his own leadership style. For the careful reader, this is a how-to-manual on leadership. ...more
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I liked this book. The former governor discusses not only his political accomplishments but the impact and influence of his family and family history.
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