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Wilder : hold fast to dreams : a biography of L. Douglas Wilder

Author: Donald P Baker
Publisher: Cabin John, MD : Seven Locks Press, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Washington Post journalist Baker has written an unauthorized biography of Wilder, who recently became the first black to be elected governor of an American state (Virginia). Baker relies heavily on interviews with Wilder, his family and friends, and other Virginia political leaders. The portrait of Wilder that emerges is that of a talented campaigner, a more skillful builder of "rainbow" coalitions than Jessie  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Baker, Donald P.
Wilder.
Cabin John, MD : Seven Locks Press, ©1989
(OCoLC)555740743
Named Person: Lawrence Douglas Wilder; Lawrence Douglas Wilder
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald P Baker
ISBN: 093202081X 9780932020819 0932020801 9780932020802
OCLC Number: 20458557
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 308 pages [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Donald P. Baker.

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Washington Post journalist Baker has written an unauthorized biography of Wilder, who recently became the first black to be elected governor of an American state (Virginia). Baker relies heavily on interviews with Wilder, his family and friends, and other Virginia political leaders. The portrait of Wilder that emerges is that of a talented campaigner, a more skillful builder of "rainbow" coalitions than Jessie Jackson, and a person without well-defined policy and ideological orientations. Unfortunately, the text is divided into so many short chapters (52) that continuity suffers, and it concludes during the early stages of Wilder's 1989 gubernatorial campaign and thus does not fully explore that historic election. Nonetheless, the book is balanced and generally well written. As such, it is recommended for public and university libraries. - Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette.

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