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  Adam By Adam: The Autobiography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
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TitleAdam By Adam: The Autobiography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
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CategoryAutobiography
ContributorCraverguy
Last ModifiedCraverguy - October 07, 2008 06:15am
DescriptionAs chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., probably wielded more clout than any other black man in this nation's history. In this candid autobiography, he recounts his rise in politics along with equally colorful and frank details of his personal life.

A superb raconteur, Powell's story is sprinkled with vignettes:

* Speaker Sam Rayburn's plea the freshman Congressman not to drop any figurative "bombs" in the House.

* A direct personal call from JFK, to which a new secretary replied "Yes, and I'm Elizabeth Taylor," as she hung up on the President of the United States.

* Nights at the White House with LBJ when "spiked" Dr. Pepper was liberally consumed.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was loved; he was hated. He was admired; he was vilified. Few who heard this Congressman's fiery oratory or read his impassioned writings will ever forget him. His autobiography brings the man to life again. And readers will once more hear his well-remembered phrase: "Keep the faith, baby!"

Added is a new introduction by Adam Clayton Powell III, the son of the Congressman's marriage to the legendary Hazel Scott. It is a richly perceptive explanation of what made his father the man he was.

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