Michael D’Orso is the author of more than a dozen books, including Plundering Paradise, Like Judgment Day, Like No Other Time (with Tom Daschle), and Walking with the Wind (with John Lewis).
Countering rampant cynicism about politicians, US Senator Lieberman (D-Conn.; Child Support in America, 1986, etc.) and D—Orso offer a sober, even convincing plea that what —is right and good about this life . . . far outweighs the bad.— Although noting that this is not a memoir, Lieberman often illustrates points by reviewing stages in his own career: staffer to Sen. Read full book review >
Georgia congressman Lewis (with journalist D'Orso's help) crafts a passionate, principled, and absorbing first-person account of the civil-rights movement—dramatic, well-paced history fired by moral purpose and backed by the authority of hard time in the trenches. Read full book review >
A first-person account of how a nuclear-powered principal saved a Philadelphia school in a collapsing inner-city neighborhood. Cartwright—the youngest of 13 children who were so poor that they often went without shoes—worked her way through college as a maid, began to teach, and then moved up through the Philadelphia school system, eventually becoming principal of the James G. Blaine Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion (whose pretty name belied its desolate neighborhood: its students saw death and violence, and knew hunger, cold, and desperation). Read full book review >
Former Alabama congressman Elliott, with the assistance of D'Orso (co-author, Somerset Homecoming, 1988), engagingly relates the affecting story of his rise from a dirt-poor childhood in Alabama's ``hill country'' to his long tenure on Capitol Hill, as well as his political ruin at the hands of George Wallace. Elliott, a Democrat, distinguished himself as a supporter of civil rights during his eight terms in Congress (1948-63) at a time when ``Southern Democrat'' was most often code for ``segregationist.'' Here, he demonstrates pride in his principal legislative achievement—the National Defense Education Act, which enabled millions of Americans to attend college—and in his work, as a member of the House Rules Committee, in advancing a progressive agenda. Read full book review >