Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America
Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Ohio’s Sherrod Brown has sat on the Senate floor at a mahogany desk with a proud history. In Desk 88, he tells the story of eight of the Senators who were there before him. Despite their flaws and frequent setbacks, each made a decisive contribution to the creation of a more just America. They range from Hugo Black, who helped...more
Rich history of those who are elected to help working people rather than the rich. Interesting stories of people who made America a better place to work and live. It’s just the honest, well written story we need with today’s sad political state. Even people who don’t like politics will like this book, perhaps even more so.
This book by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio follows another model, however, with short biographies of eight progressive senators. ...more
Now it would be nice if a woman (or a minority) were to get to sit at Desk 88. ...more
Although Brown's chronicles of the eight progressives that sat at Desk 88 before him, and his reaction ...more
The other occupants of Brown's desk throughout the years represented a group of Senators, some relatively unknown to modern history, and a few folks with a more well-known names.
The desk's o ...more
These Progressive figures helped enable policies such as Social Security, the ...more
Quote from one of the Desk 88 Thoughts section that seems especially pertinent today in talking about health holistically:
“Public health, we have learned, is about clean water and sanitation, about vaccines and a safe blood supply, about well-baby care and access to modern contraception, about iodine sufficiency and insecticide-treate ...more
He writes about eight progressive senators who shared Desk 88 in the senate; a few well-known while others maybe not much heard of. Their paths to the Senate are interesting, often emphasizing how each senator eventually came to champion some progressive cause.
It is a rewarding collection of historical actions taken by those who were elected to help working people, rather than the top ...more
Admire Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio a great deal and this read so effortlessly. Well stitched accounts and powerful reflectio ...more
This book is a nice summary of the progressive movement and how it is not always easy, but progress does still happen, even if slowly.
“History tells us that even the greatest victories do not come all at once, that small victories can lead to larger ones ...more
Brown is a gifted writer that never shies away from what he believe in.
In part you will like this book because it tak ...more