Work Hard, Study...and Keep Out of Politics!: Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life

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    "Work Hard, Study . . . and Keep Out of Politics!"

    Orange boards with dark brown overlay on spine with bright gilt lettering on spine. James Baker was White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, campaign leader or chairman for five presidential campaigns- a total of 35 years of political insight, drama, and controversy. Baker talks frankly in spellbinding narratives about six presidents and a constellation of other politicians. A clean pristine copy. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about 'Work Hard, Study Be the first to ask a question about 'Work Hard, Study Lists with This Book.

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    More filters. Sort order. Jul 15, Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: autobiography , history , non-fiction. I am not exactly a political animal.

    I used to pay attention to the national political scene back when I was in college as I suppose many young people do and I also followed it pretty closely thereafter because it had sort of become a habit. These were the years of Reagan-Bush-Clinton, approximately 20 years during which I followed along pretty closely. I have formed opinions on issues but today I classif I am not exactly a political animal.

    I have formed opinions on issues but today I classify myself as a die-hard unaffiliated voter. For me most of politics has become a spectator sport up until this current election that is. I am more interested in the behind-the-scenes strategies and tactics than the actual candidates etc. So this book was a very nice read for me. James A Baker III was mostly a behind-the-scenes kind of guy, at least in his early career, and had an incredible view of US national level politics for a long time.

    Ford, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2 have all called on him for special projects, foreign envoys, etc. I also liked the way he detailed how politicians in his day could disagree politically but still remain cordial to one another and even friends. Sadly it seems those days are past. Jan 03, Dylan Jeremiah rated it really liked it.

    Great insights into the back stage of modern American politics that Baker was present for. May 26, Travis McClain rated it liked it. I recall many mornings before leaving for school watching Secretary Baker's press conferences, and it was the first time I paid any attention to anyone in government who wasn't the president. My sense of the man was that the was exactly the kind of person we wanted at a high le I was 11 years old when the Operation: Desert Shield gave way to Operation: Desert Storm.

    My sense of the man was that the was exactly the kind of person we wanted at a high level of government--he always seemed to balance appreciating the urgency of war with the reassuring demeanor a leader must convey at such times. Baker has published an account of his years as President George H.

    Bush's Secretary of State, so this memoirs is a more generalized reflection of his years of service in the federal government.

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    The book is generally organized chronologically, though unfortunately Mr. Baker skips around frequently. It is not out of the ordinary, for instance, to read a reference to post-September 11 policies during a chapter on the Reagan era. Baker also takes for granted that anyone picking up his book already has a working knowledge of recent U.

    Fortunately, I did but I would not recommend this for people just learning the inside story of Washington. Baker has been a close personal friend of George Bush and does not apologize for defending his friend and president--nor should he have.


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      I do not take issue with their genuine friendship cultivated over years, but rather the near-gossipping, insider perspective that this gives portions of his narrative. Discover what to read next. Holiday Gift Guide On Body Horror and the Female Body. PW Picks: Books of the Week. Children's Announcements.