Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex by Barney Frank

By Barney Frank

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2015-03-17
Number of Pages: 399
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books

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How did a matted, intellectually combative homosexual Jew with a thick accessory turn into probably the most potent (and funniest) politicians of our time?

Growing up in Bayonne, New Jersey, the fourteen-year-old Barney Frank made very important discoveries approximately himself: he used to be interested in govt, and to males. He resolved to make a profession out of the 1st appeal and to maintain the second one a mystery. Now, fifty years later, his sexual orientation is broadly approved, whereas his trust in govt is embattled.

Frank: A existence in Politics from the nice Society to Same-Sex Marriage is one man's account of the country's transformation--and the story of a really momentous occupation. Many american citizens bear in mind Frank's lacerating wit, no matter if it was once directed on the Clinton impeachment ("What did the president contact, and whilst did he contact it?") or the pro-life circulate (some humans think "life starts off at belief and ends at birth"). however the contours of his inner most and public lives are much less recognized. For greater than 4 a long time, he used to be on the heart of the fight for private freedom and monetary equity. From the conflict over AIDS investment within the Nineteen Eighties to the debates over "big government" through the Clinton years to the 2008 monetary obstacle, the congressman from Massachusetts performed a key function. In 2010, he coauthored the main far-reaching and arguable Wall road reform invoice because the period of the nice melancholy, and helped result in the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't inform.

In this feisty and infrequently relocating memoir, Frank candidly discusses the satisfactions, fears, and grudges that include elected workplace. He remembers the emotional toll of residing within the closet and the way his public campaign opposed to homophobia conflicted together with his inner most lodging of it. He discusses his painful quarrels with allies; his friendships with public figures, from Tip O'Neill to Sonny Bono; and the way he came across love together with his husband, Jim prepared, turning into the 1st sitting member of Congress to go into a same-sex marriage. He additionally demonstrates how he used his rhetorical talents to show his opponents' hypocrisies and delusions. via all of it, he expertly analyzes the presents a winning baby-kisser needs to deliver to the task, and the way even Congress should be made to paintings.

Frank is the tale of a rare political lifestyles, an unique argument for a way to rebuild belief in govt, and a advisor to how political swap relatively happens--composed through a grasp of the art.

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The city attorney never clarified the law. Claudette Colvin was convicted with a suspended sentence. But despite the fact that the city commission and the bus company did not act, something else had begun to happen. The long repressed feelings of resentment on the part of the Negroes had begun to stir. The fear and apathy which had for so long cast a shadow on the life of the Negro community were gradually fading before a new spirit of courage and self-respect. The inaction of the city and bus officials after the Colvin case would make it necessary for them in a few months to meet another committee, infinitely more determined.

Next time they would face a committee supported by the longings and aspirations of nearly fifty thousand people, tired people who had come to see that it is ultimately more honorable to walk the streets in dignity than to ride the buses in humiliation. III The Decisive Arrest O n december 1, 1955, an attractive Negro seamstress, Mrs. Rosa Parks, boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus in downtown Montgomery. She was returning home after her regular day’s work in the Montgomery Fair, a leading department store.

Johns refused, until the driver agreed to return his fare. Before leaving, Mr. Johns stood in the aisle and asked how many of his people would follow him off the bus in protest. Not a single person responded. ” Some of the passivity of the uneducated could, like that of the educated, be attributed to the fear of economic reprisals. Dependent on the white community, they dared not protest against unjust racial conditions for fear of losing their jobs. But perhaps an even more basic force at work was their corroding sense of inferiority, which often expressed itself in a lack of self-respect.

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