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Barney Frank : the story of America's only left-handed, gay, Jewish congressman

Author: Stuart E Weisberg
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a detailed biography of one of the nation's most distinctive and effective legislators, based on interviews with over 150 people, including more than 30 hours with Barney Frank himself. In a survey conducted by Washingtonian magazine, Barney Frank was rated the smartest, funniest, and most eloquent member of Congress. A mainstay in the House of Representatives since 1981, he has come to be known for his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Barney Frank; Barney Frank; Barney Frank
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart E Weisberg
ISBN: 9781558497214 1558497218
OCLC Number: 286423369
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Honor Book, 2010.
Description: xii, 514 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
An outspoken voice at the White House table --
Bayonne born and bred --
A decade at Harvard with only a B.A. to show for it --
Moving seamlessly from political theory at Harvard to hardball politics at City Hall --
Coming to Washington --
Running for the legislature from Ward 5, where everybody knows your name --
The gentleman from the back bay --
Mr. Frank goes to Washington with help from Pope John Paul II and John Kerry --
Rookie of the year --
Running against heckler-Reaganomics --
Barney, we hardly recognize ye --
Subcommittee Chairman Frank --
A Frank that relishes the perfect job --
Accompanying Yelena Bonner back to the USSR --
Coming out --
In surviving a Washington sex scandal, the importance of being frank --
A frank compromise on gays in the military --
The most hated man in Gingrichdom --
Defending the President against impeachment --
The gay Washington monument --
Talking frankly about not beating around the bush --
A committee chairman at last.
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