Conversations with Abner Mikva: final reflections on Chicago politics, democracy's future, and a life of public service

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Abner Mikva's memoir of his long career of public service in Chicago and nationally, and, the many controversies he faced as a member of the US House and as a judge: battles with the NRA, the Nazi march in Skokie, IL, Congressional gridlock, and US Supreme Court activism.
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authorHorwitt, Sanford D.,
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display_description"Abner Mikva was an Illinois lawmaker, US judge, and mentor to both Barack Obama and Elena Kagan. He is fondly remembered in Chicago politics for being told, after saying that nobody sent him, "We don't want nobody nobody sent." One of the country's leading liberal politicians for decades, Mikva served in all three branches of the federal government: nine years in the US House of Representatives (following ten years in the Illinois House), fifteen years as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and a year as the White House Counsel in the Clinton administration. After leaving politics, he taught law at the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University. President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. During the final years of his life, his former speechwriter and longtime friend, Sanford Horwitt--author of biographies of Saul Alinsky and Russ Feingold--spoke with him about his battles with Daley political machine in Chicago, the mistake he made when the Nazis marched in Skokie, his struggles against the N.R.A. over gun control, the efforts he made as judge on behalf of civil rights, the challenges he faced under the Clinton administration, his assessment of Obama's presidency, his thoughts on aging and death, and his unwavering commitment to a more democratic future. Conversations with Abner Mikva gives readers an unfiltered, intimate audience with one of the most influential figures in Democratic politics in the final decades of the twentieth century."--Provided by publisher.
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ils:.b20808227BookBooksEnglishUniversity Press of Kansas, [2018]x, 197 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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subject_facetChicago (Ill.) -- Politics and government -- Anecdotes
Illinois. -- General Assembly. -- House of Representatives -- Biography
Jewish politicians -- United States -- Biography
Judges -- United States -- Biography
Legislators -- Illinois -- Biography
Legislators -- United States -- Biography
Mikva, Abner J
Obama, Barack -- Friends and associates
United States -- Politics and government -- Anecdotes
United States. -- Congress. -- House -- Biography
title_displayConversations with Abner Mikva : final reflections on Chicago politics, democracy's future, and a life of public service
title_fullConversations with Abner Mikva : final reflections on Chicago politics, democracy's future, and a life of public service / Sanford D. Horwitt ; foreword by Senator Dick Durbin
title_shortConversations with Abner Mikva
title_subfinal reflections on Chicago politics, democracy's future, and a life of public service