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Founding Father: How C-SPAN's Brian Lamb Changed Politics in America (Hardback)
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Founding Father: How C-SPAN's Brian Lamb Changed Politics in America (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 07/06/2008
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"And just who was President Lincoln?" One can almost hear Brian Lamb's understated Midwestern intonation of an almost absurdly basic question. Without pretense or the need to sound important, Lamb seeks to open the door to an understanding of public affairs by asking the questions his intelligent, but unworldly, mother might have asked. His open-ended questions often catch his subjects off-guard compared to the sound bite and gotcha journalism from which they have become accustomed to protecting themselves. The term "C-SPAN" has gone from an acronym known only by a few outsiders to the descriptor "C-SPAN-like coverage" to characterize a new journalistic genre. More than most endeavors, C-SPAN's origin, development, operations, and legacy can be traced back to one person. Brian Lamb has never been elected to office nor appointed to a policy-making position, yet his impact on American politics supercedes that of many whose titles and positions imply greater influence. The "founding father" and "inspirational heart" of C-SPAN serves as the broker for democracy. Founding Father is the first biography of the enigmatic, self-effacing, and modest Brian Lamb. It explores Lamb's experiences as a student in the Midwest, public affairs officer to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, White House staffer during the Johnson and Nixon administrations (including his efforts to advise and prepare Vice President Gerald Ford to assume the presidency following the anticipated resignation of President Richard Nixon), Capitol Hill press secretary, media columnist, and many other previously unknown stories. Founding Father also chronicles the creation and rise of C-SPAN from a dream, to an unknown niche network, to the network of record for public affairs with its legion of C-SPAN junkies.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742558502
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Stephen Frantzich has written an intriguing study of one of America's greatest social entrepreneurs. I first came to Congress as C-SPAN was starting. With Brian Lamb's leadership, it became a window into the House and then into the Senate. For transparency, accountability, and citizen participation, Brian Lamb is one of the greatest innovators in American history. -- Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House
Brian Lamb realized that Americans deserved, and would appreciate, a direct and unfiltered window into their government, politics, and intellectual life. He was a pioneer who understood that the media sometimes did best when they got out of the way. This well-reported book traces Lamb's life and describes how he changed politics in America. -- Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Informed, informative, and superbly written, readers are provided with background insight into how Brian Lamb managed to create (and get funded) a non-commerical television operation that is even-handed and highly praised by Democrats, Republicans, Independants, Academics, and political science enthusiasts from all walks of life.... Founding Father is an essential acquisition for both academic and community library collections as well as being a 'must read.' -- Willis M. Buhle, Reviewer, Buhle's Bookshelf * Midwest Book Review *
In this first and insightful analysis of C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb, Frantzich offers not only a thoughtful biography, but, more significantly, a persuasive polemic on the values of participatory democracy....In this year's presidential campaign season, no one, as Frantzich argues, presents the American electorate with a more compelling means or reason to be energized than Lamb's network. Recommended for all libraries. -- Stephen K. Shaw * Library Journal *

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