The Negotiator: A Memoir

Compelling, poignant, enlightening tales from former Senate Majority chief George Mitchell approximately starting to be up in Maine, his years within the Senate, operating to deliver peace to Northern eire and the center East, and what he’s discovered in regards to the paintings of negotiation in the course of each level of his life.

It’s a vintage tale of the yank Dream. George Mitchell grew up in a operating type kin in Maine, experiencing firsthand the demoralizing results of unemployment while his father used to be laid off from a lifelong activity. yet schooling was once consistently a loved ones precedence, and Mitchell embraced each chance that got here his approach, ultimately turning into the rating Democrat within the Senate through the administrations of George H.W. Bush and invoice Clinton.

Told with wit, frankness, and a method all his personal, Senator Mitchell’s memoir finds many insights into the paintings of negotiation. Mitchell appears again at his adventures in legislations and politics—including instrumental paintings on fresh air and water laws, the Iran-Contra hearings, and healthcare reform—as good as lifestyles after the Senate, from prime the profitable Northern eire peace approach, to serving as chairman of The Walt Disney corporation, to heading investigations into using steroids in baseball and unethical task surrounding the Olympic video games. via all of it, Senator Mitchell’s really good stories—some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing—offer beneficial insights into severe moments within the final half-century of commercial, legislation, and politics, either household and foreign.

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