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How the Good Guys Finally Won; Notes from an Impeachment Summer
How the Good Guys Finally Won Notes from an Impeachment Summer Author:Jimmy Breslin "...impeachment is going to hit this Congress..." So spoke Democratic MAjority Leader Thomas P. (tip) O'Neill in January of 1973. He was addressing Speaker of the House Carl Albert. — O'Neill, an enormous figure of a man who comes from the wrong section of Cambridge, Massachusetts, wasn't indulging in partisan prophecy; he was speaking, rather, ... more »from years of hard political experience, about a nasty business which he felt to be inevitable.
In the spring of 1974 Jimmy Breslin went to Washington to observe at first hand the inching along of the cumbersome process. Breslin did not, however, spend his time in court and committee rooms. He preferred to work the offices on and near Capitol Hill, to talk informally with the congressmen, the lawyers - and their aides- who were laboriously putting together the mountain of paper that was to bury Richard Nixon: he even visited Allenwood Prison in the "businesslike" hills of Pennsylvania.
Those names and faces which became so familiar to us in a two-dimensional way last summer are now clad in flesh and sweat. As are dozens of men and women who never saw a television camera but who were equally dedicated to keeping the resolution of a dirty affair clean.
Woven in among his often telling, sometimes devastating stories of the great and near-great is Breslin's theory about the illusion of power, that strange admixture of mirrors and blue smoke: if the illusion is there, is sustains; if not its absence destroys.
So it all ended, surprisingly quickly, one August evening. And this book provides a vivid insight into how it came to pass. The good guys won.
How the Good Guys Finally Won marks Jimmy Breslin's return to reporting. His last two books were the bestselling novels The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight and World Without End, Amen. Mr. Breslin, who was born in Brooklyn, now lives with his wife and children in Forest Hills in the Borough of Queens in the City of New York. He is at work on a new novel.« less