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Bit player : my life with presidents and ideas

Author: Stephen Hess
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2018]
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The title "Bit Player" perfectly reflects Stephen Hess's long and distinguished career as a Washington insider. As a 25-year-old, recently discharged Army private in 1958, he suddenly found himself as part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's speechwriting team that ultimately helped draft the famed "Farewell Address" warning of the influence of the "military industrial complex." Then over the next two decades, Hess  Read more...
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Biography
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Hess, Stephen
Bit Player : My Life with Presidents and Ideas
Washington, DC : Brookings Institution Press,c2018
Named Person: Stephen Hess; Stephen Hess
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Hess
ISBN: 0815737009 9780815737001
OCLC Number: 1056912122
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Front Flap; Title Page; Copyright Information; Table of Contents; Foreword; Preface; Eisenhower; First Words; Getting There; First Politics, 1952; Enter Professor Moos; Drafted; The Staff; The 1960 Election; Speeches; Remembering Ike; Nixon; Interregnum, 1961; The Harlow Miracle; Working for Richard Nixon; California, 1962; November 22, 1963; A Bookmaker; Lincoln Week, 1966; Harvard, 1967-68; Miami Beach, 1968; The 1968 Campaign and Spiro T. Agnew; Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs; To HEW; The White House Conference on Children A White House Conference on YouthWhat Next?; Leave-Taking, 1972; Brookings; Settling In; Governmental Studies; Things to Do; Watergate; Talk; The Presidency Book; Newswork; Transitions; Beth's List: A Summing Up; September 11, 2001; Des Moines, Iowa, 1976; Kansas City, 1976; United Nations, 1974 and 1976; Make-A- Wish Foundation; Campaign Etiquette; Political Cartoons; The Notorious RBG; Hyman Rickover, ""Father of the Nuclear Navy,"" 1954; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1977; Richard Avedon, 1990; Oliver Stone, 1994; Former British Prime Minister John Major, 2009; Circles within Circles AfterwordThanks; Index; Back Flap; Back Cover
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