The Notebook of an Amateur Politician

The Notebook of an Amateur Politician : And How He Began the DC Subway

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"In my account of the 1965 election campaign of John Lindsay for Mayor of New York, I relate how Robert Sweet, later a judge but then a lawyer and Lindsay's campaign manager, sent me to the Lindsay headquarters at 125th Street in Harlem on the day of the election. When he finished briefing me, Bob pressed a thick wad of $20 bills into my hand, and told me it was 'election day money.' When I got back to headquarters at the end of the day, I dutifully returned the entire wad. Only later did I learn that I was supposed to have spent what needed to be spent and pocketed the rest. Hence my title, The Notebook of an Amateur Politician." Gilbert Hahn Jr. The Notebook of an Amateur Politician is the lively portrayal of a true Washingtonian, Gilbert Hahn Jr, and his life spent at the turbulent heart of Washington, D.C. politics. The chapters describe Hahn's battles as Chairman of the D.C. City Council to build the D.C. subway system and keep down D.C. real estate taxes, and his work to first resurrect the fortunes, and later to expose the financial scandal, of D.C. General Hospital. Humorous tales of working with former D.C. Mayor Walter Washington, run-ins with "Mayor-for-Life" Marion Barry, and campaigning-as a staunch Republican-for Democratic Mayor Anthony Williams are interwoven with rich, poignant snapshots of Jewish life in Washington, stories of military service in Patton's Third Army, and reminiscences about post-war life as an attorney and Maryland racehorse more

Product details

  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 144.8 x 223.5 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739104055
  • 9780739104057

Review quote

Gil Hahn has had a fabulous life-in war, in politics, in family relations. He tells us about it with insight and self-deprecating humor. You'll like the book. More important, you'll like the author. -- Milton Viorst, Author of In the Shadow of the Prophet: The Struggle for the Soul of Islam Gil Hahn has seen, remembered, and written about political episodes in Washington, D.C. that I never knew happened and I've been in town almost as long as he has. Even if you don't know Gil, you'll love his stories. -- Roger Mudd, The History Channel If you have ambitions to join the political fray or merely wish to know how one man survived it The Notebook of an Amateur Politician is the beginning of knowledge. -- Tom Braden You may not always agree with Mr. Hahn's observations but he provides an interesting perspective on a most complex and significant period of the District's history -- Walter E. Washington, Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1967-1979) You needn't agree with Hahn's politics-and God knows I don't!-to enjoy the insider tales he has to tell or to respect his devotion and service to Washington, D.C., and to his country. Indeed even readers beyond the Beltway will savor this shrewd observer's personal take on fifty years of not-so-amateur politics. -- Judith Viorst, author of Grown-Up Marriage and Necessary Lossesshow more

About Jr. Gilbert Hahn

A native Washingtonian, Gilbert Hahn Jr. was Chairman of the District of Columbia City Council from 1969 to 1972. He is currently a senior partner of Amram and Hahn, more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Early Days in Washington Chapter 2 D.C. Matters Chapter 3 Politics, Politicians, and... Chapter 4 ... Strange Bedfellows Chapter 5 People and Places Chapter 6 World War IIshow more