HALLS OF THE MIGHTY: My 47 Years in the Senate by Richard Langham Riedel

HALLS OF THE MIGHTY: My 47 Years in the Senate

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When the author was a lad he served a term as Senate page (back in 1918). He passed out pencils and filled snuffboxes and wound up staying on for forty-seven years. The tale he tells here is not primarily a personal memoir but dwells rather on his fond recollections of Senators he observed as Press Liaison, his title for most of his period of service. he has anecdotes to tell about great managers of men (LBJ as Majority Leader gets a glowing endorsement), great mavericks (Hiram Johnson, Burton K. Wheeler, Huey Long), and those who merely grated (Bobby Baker, Joseph R. McCarthy). A good-humored student of native customs, Riedel has some cheerful things to say regarding the filibuster, ""adjournment fever,"" and the local passion for hyperbolic forms of address. Written from a rather starry-eyed perspective which sees in the U.S. Senate ""the best of our time,"" this slight and painless narrative may please nostalgic devotees of the August Body.

Pub Date: June 16th, 1969
Publisher: McKay-Luce