"Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin
"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meachem
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Some may belittle politics but we who are engaged in it know that it is where people stand tall. Although I know that it has many harsh contentions, it is still the arena that sets the heart beating a little faster. If it is, on occasions, the place of low skulduggery, it is more often the place for the pursuit of noble causes."
-- Former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Tony Blair at his final PM's Questions, on politics
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"1. Learn to be quiet. 2. Show respect to authority instead of rebellion.
3. Don't idolize wannabe gangsters.
4. Work your butt off. Earn your bread.
5. Exhibit adherence to your values.
6. Do what you say and say what you mean.
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You get showered up and suited up.
You take her some place nice and you wine-n-dine her like your Thomas Crowne.