Tommy the Cork Washington's Ultimate Insider from Roosevelt to Reagan

ISBN-10: 1586420682

ISBN-13: 9781586420680

Edition: 2003

Authors: David McKean

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“The life and adventures of Tommy the Cork, from serving as a clerk to Oliver Wendell Holmes to helping United Fruit find ways to overthrow the government of Guatamala, make for one of the most intriguing Washington books in years. Readers with a taste for the politically picaresque will seize upon it with delight.” — Harry McPherson in Wilson Quarterly IN 1931, A YOUNG Rhode Island lawyer with middle-class, Irish Catholic roots came to Washington to clerk for Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. He had earned the highest grades ever attained at Harvard Law School and possessed a force of personality to match his intellect. A brilliant lawyer, wily political operator, and likable rogue, Corcoran would become the most important and valued strategist in FDR’s inner circle. After leaving government, Corcoran would virtually establish modern lobbying and influence peddling as we know it. Corcoran was the first “super-lobbyist,” the first person to fully appreciate how World War II changed Washington; the first person to fully understand the symbiotic relationship between the executive branch, the Congress, and corporate America. Corcoran knew how to size people up, apply leverage, and call in — to devastating effect — the favors he liberally spread around town. Despite his lasting influence his story is little known today. Drawing on sources ranging from FBI wiretaps to interviews with family members, Tommy the Cork traces Corcoran’s career from his early days with Holmes and FDR to his behind-the-scenes orchestration of President Eisenhower’s intervention in Guatemala. Corcoran’s life is peppered with political luminaries, including Henry Luce, Joseph P. Kennedy, Evita Peron, and Lyndon Johnson. McKean’s account also tells the story of Corcoran’s twenty-year romantic relationship with the exotic power broker Anna Chan Chennault, a champion of conservative Republican causes. Anyone interested in the history of Washington’s inner-workings and tales of political intrigue will find this story irresistible.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Publication date: 10/10/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 350
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction: An Irish Ballad
The Early Years
Most Likely to Succeed
A Wonderful Education
The New Deal Years
The Coming of the New Deal
Battling Wall Street
The Little Red Schoolhouse
Frankfurter's Hotdogs
Battling Big Business
Apex of Power
The Second New Deal
Corcoran and Court Packing
The Price of Loyalty
Time to Make a Million
The War Years
A New Stage
Peddling Influence
Under Investigation
The Wiretap
The Lobbyist Years
The Key to Lobbying
The Truman Years
Foreign Policy by Other Means
Corcoran's Cold War
Family and Friends
The Late 1950s
Using the Back Door
LBJ for the USA
The Late Years
Lobbying the Court
Plenty of Action
Vietnam, Watergate, and Nixon
The Admiral
Conclusion: A Fire in His Heart
A Note on the Sources
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