Tom Berg, a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, has recently released, Minnesota’s Miracle: Learning from the Government that Worked. His new book provides behind-the-scenes stories that chronicle the policies and politics of Minnesota’s legislature and state government during the decade of the 1970s.
His work is the latest addition to the Legislative Library’s collection of books by or about individuals who, at some point in their careers, served in the Minnesota Senate or House. The memoirs provide glimpses not only of individual lives – but of the life of the Minnesota Legislature. Following is a selection of recent titles:
Bachmann, Michele. Core of Conviction: My Story. New York: Sentinel, 2011.
Junge, Ember Reichgott. Zero Chance of Passage: the Pioneering Charter School Story. Edina, MN: Beaver's Pond Press, 2012.
Kelsey, Kerck. Prairie Lightning: the Rise and Fall of William Drew Washburn. Lakeville, MN: Pogo Press, 2010.
Milton , John Watson. For the Good of the Order: Nick Coleman and the High Tide of Liberal Politics in Minnesota, 1971-1981. St. Paul, MN: Ramsey County Historical Society, 2012.
Pawlenty, Tim. Courage to Stand: an American Story. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2010.
Spear, Allan H. Crossing the Barriers: the Autobiography of Allan H. Spear. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
Sturdevant, Lori and George S. Pillsbury. The Pillsburys of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN: Nodin Press, 2011.
Others on our shelves include Political Upheaval: Minnesota and the Vietnam War Protest by Alpha Smaby, Still Standing: The Story of Sgt. John Kriesel, Mr. Environment: The Willard Munger Story, Riding Into the Sunset: Al Quie; A Life of Faith, Service & Civility, and Jailhouse Stories: Memories of a Small-Town Sheriff by Neil Haugerud.