Chance of a Lifetime - LARGE PRINT Author:Warren Christopher Warren Christopher is that rarest of Washington personalities: a wise and witty public servant one described by the Washington Post as "the antithesis of the glitz-hungry, self-aggrandizing, corner-cutting political figures who dominate Washington today." In this memoir, the man whose sage counsel and sometimes parodied discretion bought him to... more » the right hand of mayors, governors, and presidents shares his personal recollections and impressions of leaders and events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.
Writing in tightly crafted, often self-effacing prose. Christopher chronicles how he left the privacy of life at a premier law firm to heed calls to public service from Supreme Court justice William O. Douglas, Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley and California governor Edmund "Pat" Brown - as well as presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. Throughout his careen, Christopher faced diverse challenges: He advised a president on whether to dispatch federal troops to quell civil disturbances; led negotiations to free American hostages in Iran; investigated a major city's policy force gown awry; and helped cope with Yitzhak Rabin's assassination.
From "Starting from Scranton" and "The Johnson Treatment" to "Middle East: Antipodes" and "Yesterday a War, Today a Country," each chapter is a compelling story on its own. Together, they offer the first clear picture of the impact of this quiet North Dakotan on Modern American history.« less