Peddling Influence

Peddling Influence : Thomas "Tommy the Cork" Corcoran and the Birth of Modern Lobbying

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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 among the highest grades ever attained at Harvard Law School and possessed a force of personality to match his intellect. Corcoran would become the most important and valued strategist in FDR’s inner circle, and, after leaving government, would virtually establish modern lobbying and influence peddling as we know it. Corcoran was the first “super-lobbyist,” and yet despite his lasting influence, his fascinating story has never been told, until now. Drawing on sources ranging from FBI wiretaps to interviews with family members, author David McKean 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 28mm | 498.96g
  • Steerforth Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 8 PAGES OF BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS
  • 1586420860
  • 9781586420864

About David McKean

David McKean grew up in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He was educated at Harvard College and holds graduate degrees from Duke Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. More than a decade ago McKean began his career in government working for Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. He is a former chief of staff to former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and is currently the chief of staff to a member of the United States Senate. As a measure of how some things have changed in Washington since the days of Tommy Corcoran, the Senate Ethics Committee has advised McKean to withhold the name of the senator he currently works for so as not to create the appearance of using his position in the U.S. government for commercial purposes. McKean is coauthor of the biography Friends in High Places: The Rise and Fall of Clark Clifford.show more

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