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This is a summary book, not the original book by John Boehner. The last of a Capitol Hill breed, and a time when America embraced a new level of health consciousness, this politician reigned second in line to the presidency and unapologetically smoked Camels, sipped red wine, and frolicked around the golf course whenever he could.

 

There could hardly have been a more diametrically opposed figure to represent the opposition party in President Barack Obama's Washington. When Boehner announced his resignation, President Obama called to tell the outgoing Speaker that he'd miss him. "Mr. President," Boehner replied, "yes you will." He thought of himself as enjoying being a "regular guy with a big job."

 

In addition to his own stories of life in the swamp city and of his comeback after getting knocked off the leadership ladder, Boehner offers his impressions of leaders he's met and what made them successes or failures, from Ford and Reagan to Obama, Trump, and Biden. He shares his views on how the Republican Party has become unrecognizable today; the advice--some harsh, some fatherly--he dished out to members of his own party, the opposition, the media, and others; and his often acid-tongued comments about his former colleagues. And of course he talks about golfing with five presidents.

 

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