Catch and Release: An Oregon Life in Politics [Pehme köide]

  • Formaat: Paperback / softback, 272 pages, kõrgus x laius: 229x152 mm, 25-30 black & white photos
  • Ilmumisaeg: 30-Oct-2019
  • Kirjastus: Oregon State University
  • ISBN-10: 0870719734
  • ISBN-13: 9780870719738
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  • Formaat: Paperback / softback, 272 pages, kõrgus x laius: 229x152 mm, 25-30 black & white photos
  • Ilmumisaeg: 30-Oct-2019
  • Kirjastus: Oregon State University
  • ISBN-10: 0870719734
  • ISBN-13: 9780870719738
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In 1974, at the age of thirty-two, Les AuCoin became the first Democrat to win a US House seat in Oregon’s First District. He was one of the post-Watergate reformers who shook up an insular, autocratic Congress and led fights for affordable housing, “trickle-up” economics, wilderness protection, abortion rights, and nuclear arms control. In the 1980s, the Oregonian called him “the most powerful congressman in Oregon.”
In this compelling collection of life stories, AuCoin traces his unlikely rise from a fatherless childhood in Central Oregon to the top ranks of national power. Then came a painful defeat in one of the most controversial races in US Senate history, against incumbent Bob Packwood.
A fly fisher, AuCoin uses “catch and release” as a metaphor for succeeding and letting go of loss with dignity and equanimity. His memories are in turn funny, suspenseful, and revealing. AuCoin takes us to the Kremlin, pre-industrial China, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and into the tortuous politics of the Northwest spotted owl crisis. He interacted with world figures like Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, House Speakers Tip O’Neill and Jim Wright, and Oregon legends Tom McCall and Mark Hatfield. Closer to home, AuCoin allied himself with activists like Sidney Lasseigne of the Newport Fishermen’s Wives.
Catch and Release offers readers a revealing glimpse behind the scenes of congressional life, as lived by the 535 souls who inhabit the US House and Senate—including the author, who assesses his own strengths and foibles with humility and candor.

Personal memoir of Les AuCoin, member of the US House of Representatives from Oregon's 1st Congressional District from 1975-1993.


Les was an amazing congressman. Now he shows that he's a master storyteller, too. This gripping personal history is sprinkled with humor and suspense and lyrically told." - Pat Schroeder, former US Congresswoman, presidential candidate, and president of the Association of American Publishers "Once upon a time in American politics, there was room on Capitol Hill for spirited compromise, principled Republicans, and champions of the have-nots. Les AuCoin lived to write about them, and damn well." - Steve Duin, longtime Oregonian columnist "Catch and Release is evidence of AuCoin's writing talent as well as his powers of observation. In this memoir, he exudes a sense of purpose that startles us, because we live in an era defined by cynicism, indecent values and greed." - Steve Forrester, former publisher, The Daily Astorian "Our understanding of politics and politicians is vastly improved when a legislator shares his inner-most recollections of his work in Congress. Such asscounts are rare outside the occasional prominent party leader. Their value is immeasurably heightened when the writer is a perceptive and gifted writer. Les AuCoin's Catch and Release is a memoir that all students and scholars of Congress will value for honesty, acument, and skillful storytelling." - John A. Lawrence, author of The Class of '74: Congress After Watergate the Roots of Partisanship "A brilliant memoir, timely and relevant. Historical figures great and not so great come alive on these evocative pages. Fascinating." - Robert J. Mrazek, award-winning author of And the Sparrow Fell, A Dawn Like Thunder, and other books

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
1 Tears and Roses
2 The World Begins to Turn
3 Sue, Me, and the Summer of 1964
4 How I Became a Politician
5 I Passed Through Jim Crow's Door
6 House Majority Leader at Thirty-One
7 Straight but Not Narrow
8 My First Political Crisis
9 Dialing for Dollars
10 Voodoo Economics
11 People Over Freeways
12 The Children of Spirit Mountain
13 My Alaskan Aleut Cousin
14 No Protection at Sea
15 Reagan, Star Wars, and Caspar Strangelove
16 Corn for Porn
17 Don't Short People
18 My Son Filled the Vice President's Shoes
19 Timber, Wilderness, and the Owl
20 James Watt Didn't Like Me One Bit
21 Fascists Aren't Commies. Got That?
22 Tip O'Neill, Man of the House
23 Other Characters I Knew
24 Alaska Beckons the Father's Son
25 It Wasn't Misogyny, but It Wasn't Good
26 Abortion Rights
27 Lady 'Rasslers
28 When I Kissed Off the NRA
29 Housing, Woodsheds, and Bomb Shelters
30 Rescue from the Soviet Union
31 China Rediscovered
32 Checkmate
Afterword 229(4)
Notes 233(14)
Index 247
Les AuCoin represented Oregon in the US House for 18 years until 1992, when he gave up his seat to run for the Senate. He is an award-winning magazine editor and public radio commentator, and his articles have appeared in major newspapers throughout the country. He lives with his wife, Sue, in Portland, Oregon.