A Renowned Journalist's Eye-Witness Revelations From the White House

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Ace reporter Lawrence O’Rourke declassifies his thoughts and rewards readers w/ the right stuff

Prize-winning White House correspondent and national political columnist Lawrence M. O'Rourke reveals startling new information on major U.S. and world leaders and presents fresh ideas on American politics and the role of the press in his new book, Row House to White House. The book focuses on those who exercise power at the pinnacle of U.S. government -- the White House -- from Johnson to Obama. O'Rourke's experience ranges from the Vatican to the Kremlin to battlefields in the Middle East, violent clashes in Chicago and Washington, and ideological turbulence from the civil right movement to the roots of the Tea Party.

In the pages of this timely book, O'Rourke presents insights into the U.S. political process and unique views of heads of state as he lays down standards for journalists and discusses the critical importance of aggressive reporting for the effective functioning of the U.S. political system. O'Rourke was in the White House when President Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford succeeded him. He was on the beat when Ronald Reagan launched a war in Granada and sold arms to Iran. O'Rourke was in Kennebunkport, Maine, at Bush's summer house when the president drew the "line in the sand" that resulted in the Persian Gulf War. He reported on Bill Clinton' s battle to preserve his presidency in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. From the ballot counting in Florida to the near-crash of the U.S. banking system, O'Rourke detailed unfolding events of the George W. Bush administration. And O'Rourke chronicled the rise of Barack Obama and the campaigns of such major figures as Hillary Clinton, Barry Goldwater, Robert Kennedy and Hubert H. Humphrey.

The author's experience was not confined to America and Washington. He was in the Philippines to cover the "people power" revolution that toppled Ferdinand Marcos and yielded power to Cory Aquino. He covered the events that led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the treaty that forms the basis for peace in Northern Ireland. He was with President Nixon in China as one of the handful of newspaper correspondents permitted to cover the historic restoration of U.S.-Sino relations. O'Rourke left journalism for a law practice when major newspapers experienced circulation drops and cutbacks in serious political analysis. He presents insights into what that loss means to the nation and why and what is needed if the republic's citizens are to exercise self-government.

About the Author
Lawrence M. O’Rourke was a newspaper columnist and reporter who covered the White House, Congress and national politics for 40 years. He was one of 17 U.S. newspaper reporters who traveled to China in 1972 with President Nixon and made reporting trips to the former Soviet Union, divided Berlin, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, O’Rourke was a correspondent in the first Persian Gulf War and the revolution in the Philippines, and was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Education. He reported from Washington for the Philadelphia Bulletin, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the McClatchy newspaper chain. He was president of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club. This memoir reveals information O’Rourke acquired through conversations with presidents from Johnson to Obama and other national and international figures. O’Rourke is the author of the biography Geno. The memoir covers O’Rourke’s Irish Catholic childhood in Philadelphia, military service in Puerto Rico, marathon running, recovery from prostate cancer and a heart attack. He is married with four children and four grandchildren and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland and Grand Beach, Michigan.

Row House to White House * by Lawrence O’Rourke
Publication Date: January 27, 2012
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 433 pages; 978-1-4691-4126-8
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 433 pages; 978-1-4691-4127-5

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