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"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."

"Schaefer's story, as told here, appeals beyond the state's borders, showing how one seemingly ordinary man made a difference in attacking the most serious social and economic problems government faces—no small lesson for an era of raging cynicism about politicians and their motives."

"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."