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And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress

by Charles B. Rangel, Leon E. Wynter, Leon Wynter

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780641937033






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Synopsis of And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress

In this inspiring and often humorous memoir, Charles Rangel, the outspoken Democratic congressman from Harlem--now the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee--tells about his early years on Lenox Avenue, being awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in a horrific Korean War battle (the last bad day of his life, he says), and his many years in Congress.

A charming, natural storyteller, Rangel recalls growing up in Harlem, where from the age of nine he always had at least one job, including selling the legendary Adam Clayton Powell's newspaper; his group of streetwise sophisticates who called themselves Les Garçons; and his time in law school--his decison to attend was made as much to win his grandfather's approval as to establish a career. He recounts as well his life in New York politics during the 1960s and yhe grueling civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

The New York Times - Eric Alterman

Charlie Rangel's memoir…is mercifully short on laundry lists, but long on sass and spirit…And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since brims with brio…Rangel's racially based, clubhouse style of politics may not appeal to everyone—including this reviewer. (A resident of his district, I left my ballot for congressman blank in the last election.) But as a politician/raconteur with a hell of a tale to tell, he sure has my vote.

About the Author, Charles B. Rangel

Charles B. Rangel is an 18-term Democratic congressman representing New York's "Fightin' 15th" District (incl. Harlem and the Upper West Side). He is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Rangel is the principal author of the $5 billion Federal Empowerment Zone demonstration project to revitalize urban neighborhoods across the U.S., and in the 1980s anti-apartheid movement he led the fight in Congress to pressure U.S. corporations to divest from South Africa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1952, and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for service in Korea. Rangel is a frequent guest on "Meet the Press" and other TV programs.

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