Description: First Edition. Signed and inscribed on title page. Near fine and unread. Two small tears in dust jacket.. Published by Texas A and M Univ Pr 2010 Near Fine Condition. In our Lynnwood store.Signature notes: To Bob and Geri -Bill Hobby Dust jacket condition: Very Good Description: Hardback
Synopsis: Bill Hobby has spent most of his life in and around Texas government, including a record eighteen years as the state's lieutenant governor. His candid recollections about his days in office, as well as his take on what state government should and should not do are part of `How Things Really Work: Lessons from a Life in Politics', published by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. ""Nostalgia is not my purpose,"" Hobby writes in the book's preface. ""But I do hope to convey something of my admiration for the people that I had the honor to work with, the spirit of the times, and a sense of how things actually worked--at least in the legislative process."" His no-holds-barred opinions about everything from partisan politics to efforts to rewrite the Texas Constitution to government wiretaps and the war on drugs are included, as are his memories of working with Texas politicians Ben Ramsey, Dolph Briscoe, Bill Clements, and Ann Richards. Hobby's years as lieutenant governor coincided with Texas's transition from a state dependent on oil and agriculture to one with a more diversified economy strengthened by the technology and health care industries. Through it all, Hobby emphasised the need for Texas to make education a priority. He enjoyed the nuts and bolts of the legislative process, especially appropriations and redistricting. ""To help people, government has to work,"" he says. ""Make the system work.