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Howard Dean: A Citizens Guide to the Man Who Would Be President Paperback – Nov 7 2003


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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press; 1 edition (Nov. 7 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586420755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586420758
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 290 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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After reading Howard Dean's political biography, I decided to read this book, which was compiled by a team of reporters from Vermont who have been following his career. Although I found nothing of earth-shattering significance, the book did provide a bit more background for the themes covered in the political biography.
As Dean suddenly appeared on the presidential campaign radar, he evidently appeared on the Vermont political radar. Leading up to his stints as governor, Dean was not widely known in his own state. Politicians and reporters alike seemed caught unawares by this rise in the political ranks.
As governor, he received kudos and complaints. This book provides some of the problems with getting particular legislation going and some of the fallout, which his book did not have. The creation of civil unions legislation is one such example as is his environmental record.
This leads to my problem with the book. The book's intent is to inform us about Dean rather than persuade us one way or the other. In a few articles, the writer takes the time to quote as many pro-Dean people as anti-Dean people. Even though I feel good about being empowered to choose my own path, I would like to have seen the writer's stance stated more aggressively.
I would recommend this book for those wanted to know a bit more about Dean or those who wish to "fill out" what they've read in the political biography.
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This book is very interesting, because it isn't a fluff piece.
The Vermont journalists who wrote the chapters know who
Dean is, and how he behaved in times of crisis.
I don't agree with all of Dean's positions, but after reading
the book I know what kind of man he is. He would
be a great President.
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I read this book hoping to gain enough information to decide whether or not to support Dean's candidacy. My ambivalence stemmed largely from my questions about Dean's record on environmental issues during his Vermont governorship -- which has been bitterly criticized by some Vermont environmentalists. I am also troubled by the fact that Dr. Dean is much more conservative than I on issues such as the war on drugs, gun control, welfare reform, and the death penalty. On a deeper level, my ambivalence was rooted in my concern whether his apparent forthrightness and appearance of being a rare, principled politician was "for real."
Dean is under attack from opponents who portray him as waffling on issues according to political expediency, not trustworthy or reliable, etc. Such attacks are to be expected, but I wanted more detailed background information on his history and record than what I could find on the Internet to determine whether I thought they were founded in truth or just more political rhetoric.
This book was what I had hoped for -- packed with facts which appear to be objectively presented. It covers Dean's Vermont environmental record in detail, allowing me to conclude that, although I will probably be disappointed with some of his environmental actions on a national level if he becomes president (he sided with business interests in Vermont to the lasting detriment of long-standing environmental protections), he does also have a history of going against the flow to make major contributions in the environmental arena in that state -- that he is not nearly the environmental radical that I consider Bush & Co. to be.
The book also covers a broad range of Dean's other positions and political history.
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By MZ on Jan. 7 2004
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There are several books out there on the shelves about, or authored by, Howard Dean. I chose this one because it was written by independent observers; people who are not connected to the Dean Campaign for President. I wanted an objective account of the his background and his political record. That is exactly what I got.
The first few chapters that detail his adolescent years are kind of dry, but informative. This book changes speed and gets interesting as soon as it tackles his public service career. His political record is one of a fiscal conservative, and a proponent of states' rights. If it wasn't for his passion for universal health care and land conservation, you might think he is Republican. He balanced the budget in Vermont, and when almost every other state had a budget crisis, his state was financially comfortable. At the same time, he was able to attract new business to the state, expand health care coverage, and protect wild lands from development. This book has a separate chapter for many separate issues, which enables the reader to study specific items of interest, and pass over those of little concern.
The mass media has painted Howard Dean as a left-wing liberal. Part of this stems from the Dean Campaign's attempt to unite the Democratic base. But the other factor in this misrepresentation is the Vermont civil unions law. Howard Dean did not write this law, but he did sign it. His postion being that he supports equal protection under the law. As the book explains, Dean is not a social radical, but simply felt giving equal legal rights to same-sex couples was the right thing to do.
The final chapters of this book attempt to explain the "Dean phenomenon," including his use of the Internet as a major campaign tool. And since the book was finished and rushed to publishers in the fall of 2003, the material is topical and will still be useful throughout the election year.
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