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Locked in the Cabinet by Robert B. Reich

Locked in the Cabinet

by Robert B. Reich

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This is the first book I've read by Robert B. Reich. I bought the book for $1.00 at a church rummage sale. Mr. Reich served as Secretary of Labor during the first term of President Bill Clinton. They were longtime friends, having met when they were studying in England. The book is a series of journal entries made during Clinton's first term. The book was published in 1997. Reading the book, in October 2017, it was interesting to reflect on how little has changed in American politics. For example, the Congressional leadership continues to talk about lowering the deficit, lowering the taxes of the rich, and whether they can justify raising the minimum wage. ( )
  MrDickie | Oct 29, 2017 |
Gives an excellent view of what it is like being a member of a Democratic cabinet in the 1990s. Reich was with Clinton at Oxford and the families were long time friends, but while Reich was liberal with a pasion for fair treatment for the worker, Clinton's move to support of Wall Street led to a division of iterests, though Reich's co ( )
  carterchristian1 | Jul 21, 2012 |
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On the face of it, here's an improbable book: a memoir of four years as Secretary of ... Labor. Well, in this case it works because the author is Robert B. Reich, a warm and lively writer who because of his 'Friend Of Bill' status and his strong positions on economic issues was inside virtually every political and ideological tussle of the Clinton administration's first term. What puts the book over the top though is that its author retains his humanity even after walking through the looking glass of official Washington. We experience, for instance, the angst of having to let his two sons and wife go back to the family home in Cambridge because he can't quite yet leave the struggle for such improvements as an increase in the minimum wage. Throughout it all, Reich keeps the sharp eye of the outsider. Witness for example this comment about Newt Gingrich: "His office is adorned with figurines of dinosaurs, as you might find in the bedrooms of little boys who dream of one day being huge and powerful."

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The story of the author's four years as Secretary of Labor in Clinton's first term as President of the United States.

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