William G. Milliken: Michigan's Passionate Moderate

William G. Milliken: Michigan's Passionate Moderate


By (author) Dave Dempsey

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  • Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
  • Format: Hardback | 335 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 231mm x 33mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Ann Arbor, MI
  • ISBN 10: 0472115456
  • ISBN 13: 9780472115457
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition

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William Milliken served as Michigan's governor from 1969-1982, longer than any other Michigan governor present or past. Considered to be a moderate to liberal Republican, Milliken ran the state by building coalitions between the two parties. Although some thought Milliken was "too nice" to be governor, he was able to rally people to work together for the good of the state. He was always considered a gentleman, one who stayed out of party fracases. Though Milliken has had an amiable reputation, free from, say, the controversy surrounding Bill Clinton, Dempsey is able to bring out the characteristics of Milliken that show his strengths as well as his weaknesses. The author also does a particularly good job in explaining historical events during the time Milliken was governor.

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Dave Dempsey is policy advisor for the Michigan Environmental Council, a coalition of more than sixty-five environmental advocacy organizations. Dempsey is author of Ruin and Recovery: Michigan's Rise as a Conservation Leader, published by the University of Michigan Press. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.