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JAN REID - Let the People In: The Life & Times of Ann Richards

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
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ISBN: 9780292719644
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 3rd, 2012

Wednesday, Oct 17 at 7PM

Jan Reid
Speaking and Signing
Let the People In:
The Life and Times of Ann Richards

“Jan Reid gives us new insight into Ann Richards, whose wit filled any room with laughter, whose candor chased away every smoke screen, whose heart was as big as Texas. Governor Richards was a leader you wanted to follow to a world where everyone could be a winner, and she never stopped trying to take us there. I loved her and so will you.”

—President Bill Clinton

From Jan Reid and the University of Texas Press comes one of the most highly anticipated books of the fall - Let The People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. Reid draws on his own personal experience, interviews with friends and family, unpublished correspondence, and a plethora of other material to present this in-depth, personal biography of legendary Texas governor Ann Richards. 

Reid's appearance at BookPeople is one of the highlights of our Fall 2012 events series. We hope you can join us in welcoming him.

When Ann Richards delivered the keynote of the 1988 Democratic National Convention and mocked President George H. W. Bush--"Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth"--she instantly became a media celebrity and triggered a rivalry that would alter the course of American history. In 1990, Richards won the governorship of Texas, upsetting the GOP's colorful rancher and oilman Clayton Williams. The first ardent feminist elected to high office in America, she opened up public service to women, blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, gays, and the disabled. Her progressive achievements and the force of her personality created a lasting legacy that far transcends her rise and fall as governor of Texas.

In Let the People In, Jan Reid traces the whole arc of Richards's life, beginning with her youth in Waco, her marriage to attorney David Richards, her frustration and boredom with being a young housewife and mother in Dallas, and her shocking encounters with Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. He follows Richards to Austin and the wild 1970s scene and describes her painful but successful struggle against alcoholism. He tells the full, inside story of Richards's rise from county office and the state treasurer's office to the governorship, where she championed gun control, prison reform, environmental protection, and school finance reform, and he explains why she lost her reelection bid to George W. Bush, which evened his family's score and launched him toward the presidency.

Reid's nuanced portrait reveals a complex woman who battled her own frailties and a good-old-boy establishment to claim a place on the national political stage and prove "what can happen in government if we simply open the doors and let the people in."

Jan Reid is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly and has freelanced for Esquire, GQ, Slate, Men’s Journal, Garden & Gun, the New York Times, and many other publications. Reid’s books include The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, The Bullet Meant for Me, Rio Grande, Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm, and two award-winning novels, Deerinwater and Comanche Sundown.

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