William Donald Schaefer
A Political Biography
A seasoned reporter who covered Schaefer's terms as mayor and governor for the Baltimore Sun, Smith takes a serious-minded but also throughly human-interest approach to his subject—a study in character and the capacity of certain people to make a difference in the story of their time and locale. In Schaefer's case, the story concerns the struggle of Baltimore to survive and, if possible, renew itself. Smith draws on a sizable body of documentary source material; his scores of interviews provide him with juicy quotation and vibrant commentary. The book includes a gallery of photos, most never before published, which recall memorable moments in Schaefer's eventful career.
William Donald Schaefer: A Political Biography will fascinate Maryland voters, appeal to students of twentieth-century America, and engage anyone who loves a good story well told.
"His life in politics had been vouchsafed by do gooders, club house operators, slick businessmen, and others. He managed to find the best in each of these without being a servant to any. He was a classic 1950s-style Can-Do man, a veteran of the Second World War, a holdover from the time in American life when learning from experience and respected elders was a way of life. He was a career politician who ran for office to serve—to work for people, to care about their welfare. He wanted to think of himself—and to have others think of him—as a distinguished city father, a public servant. He seemed to be the last Baltimorean to see how well he had succeeded."—from the Preface
About the Author
"How do you write about an unpredictable hothead? Very carefully, says C. Fraser Smith the Sun editorial writer whose fine biography of William Donald Schaefer is new for Johns Hopkins Press."—Margaret Guroff, Baltimore Magazine
"Fraser Smith has written a readable and enjoyable book—an insider's look at the political career of William Donald Schaefer. With superb language and a fine ear for the telling anecdote, Smith offers us wonderful insights into Schaefer's personality and actions. The book is an important contribution to our knowledge of this fascinating man, a compelling analysis of his personality, and a balanced and convincing account of his achievements and failings."—George H. Callcott, University of Maryland at College Park
|The Johns Hopkins University Press|
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