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No Room for Democracy, Softcover

No Room for Democracy, Softcover
The Triumph of Ego over Common Sense

Dick Rosenbaum, born to a Jewish immigrant family in 1930s upstate New York, first met with discrimination as a young boy. Intensifying his personal struggle was the onset of alopecia hair loss at age 8. Through his new autobiography we learn that Dick Rosenbaum not only beat the odds but actually turned his hair condition into a major asset which he used to enhance his career throughout his remarkable life.


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Dick Rosenbaum, born to a Jewish immigrant family in 1930s upstate New York, first met with discrimination as a young boy. Intensifying his personal struggle was the onset of alopecia hair loss at age 8. Through his new autobiography we learn that Dick Rosenbaum not only beat the odds but actually turned his hair condition into a major asset which he used to enhance his career throughout his remarkable life. Rosenbaum traces his career as a Cornell Law student, a practicing attorney in Rochester, New York, and then head of his county's Republican Committee, which segued into a nomination as the youngest New York Supreme Court Judge in history. Quickly advancing to the pinnacle of state politics in the 1970s, Rosenbaum was appointed chairman of the New York Republican Party by millionaire Governor Nelson Rockefeller. This valuable connection would give Rosenbaum entrée into national politics when Rockefeller assumed the vice presidency under Gerald Ford. Rosenbaum's achievements are punctuated by his frank reflections on lessons learned from failed runs for the New York governorship, his return to practicing law in the private sector, and the challenges of balancing family life with public service. Dick Rosenbaum narrates each moment with his characteristic booming enthusiasm and candid anecdotes, while sharing thoughtful insights derived from witnessing the shakeups of some 45 years of American political life. Rosenbaum's journey is a unique portrait of self-made success.

Details

Publisher: RIT Press (09/2008)
ISBN-10: 1933360321
ISBN-13: 978-1933360324
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 320
Illustrations: 42 B&W
Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb
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Press Releases

Rosenbaum writes a lively, thoroughly readable book including many episodes from Governor Rockefeller's various presidential candidacies. --Dr. Henry A. Kissinger

The author has always had energy to burn. It comes through loud and clear in this very enjoyable book. --Donald J. Trump

This is a true political insider's book by a political insider and well worth reading. --Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey

 

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Let There Be Light 1

2 The Road to Kansas City and “The Last Great Convention” 3

3 Scenes from Childhood—A Bad Boy’s Tale 19

4 To Rochester…and on to “The Halls of Ivy” 35

5 The Paper Chase 49

6 Enter “R. Rosenbaum, Esq.” 57

7 “All Politics Is Local” 71

8 They Said It Couldn’t Be Done: Rochester Goes Republican 81

9 His Honor, the Judge 89

10 Rocky and Rosie 103

11 Enter “The Iron Chancellor” 12

12 Watergate and Beyond 135

13 Rocky and the Vice Presidency: A Tough Fight 143

14 Rockefeller: The Sunset Years 157

15 Farewell to Rocky 169

16 “Next Year in Jerusalem” My First Trip to Israel 175

17 “Mr. Clean” Comes Home 181

18 Rosenbaum for Governor 187

19 Getting Integrated 197

20 “New York, New York…It’s a Wonderful Town!” 209

21 Rosenbaum v. George and John Bush 217

22 In the Running…Again 223

23 A Change in Employment 233

24 Another Rosenbaum Joins the State’s High Court 241

25 The Changing Nature of the GOP 247

26 Advice from an Old Lion (Who Still Has His Teeth) 255

Afterword 259

Appendices

A Rockefeller to Rosenbaum Letter, June 10, 1975 261

B “Toward Regional Presidential Primaries” 263

C Rockefeller to Rosenbaum Support Letter 264

D Rockefeller to Rosenbaum Letter, December 23, 1976 266

E Rockefeller to Rosenbaum Letter, January 18, 1979 268

Index 273

 

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