Mr. Speaker : The Biography of Tom Murphy (Hardcover) - Hyatt, Richard

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He speaks loudly and carries a big gavel. For 24 years he has been The Speaker , presiding officer of the Georgia House and the dean of the nations state legislative leaders.Tom Murphy is both powerful and controversial, but colleagues say his is the states most misunderstood character. People see the cowboy hat and the unlit cigar as big as a table lamp and assume this is all there is. But this book by veteran reporter Richard Hyatt reveals the man behind the gavel, a small-town legislator who has outlasted five governors.Hyatt, author of the 1997 biography of Governor Zell Miller, goes beyond the legislature. He reveals a son whose father was a hard-shell Primitive Baptist preacher, a sibling who once carried a crippled brother up the steps of the capitol so he could serve in the House, a father who almost fought a legislator who said disparaging things about his family, and a man more at home in his garden than in a room filled with high-rolling politicians. Hes Tom Murphy. And hes The Speaker . *Author: Hyatt, Richard *Binding Type: Hardcover *Number of Pages: 304 *Publication Date: 1999/12/01 *Language: English *Dimensions: 9.31 x 6.31 x 1.13 inches

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Publisher Mercer University Press
Mfg Part# 9780865546073
SKU 30383853
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 086554607X
Release Date 9/17/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1.25T
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Editors Note He speaks loudly and carries a big gavel. For 24 years he has been "The Speaker", presiding officer of the Georgia House and the dean of the nation's state legislative leaders. Tom Murphy is both powerful and controversial, but colleagues say his is the state's most misunderstood character. People see the cowboy hat and the unlit cigar as big as a table lamp and assume this is all there is. But this book by veteran reporter Richard Hyatt reveals the man behind the gavel, a small-town legislator who has outlasted five governors. Hyatt, author of the 1997 biography of Governor Zell Miller, goes beyond the legislature. He reveals a son whose father was a hard-shell Primitive Baptist preacher, a sibling who once carried a crippled brother up the steps of the capitol so he could serve in the House, a father who almost fought a legislator who said disparaging things about his family, and a man more at home in his garden than in a room filled with high-rolling politicians. He's Tom Murphy. And he's "The Speaker".
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0304
Publisher Mercer University Press
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