The Making of An American LifeBook - 2006
Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, may be the most charismatic figure in the Democratic Party today and one of its best natural politicians whose name isn't Bill Clinton. He is the man Colin Powell has called for advice, and the man George Stephanopoulos once called the Red Adair of diplomacy in homage to his ability to put out international fires. He has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize and is counted as one of our most knowledgeable politicians on Iraq and Saddam Hussein; on Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Al-Qaeda; on North Korea; on energy policy; on Latin American affairs; on domestic politics; and on Hispanic America.
Richardson's background as the son of an American businessman father and a Mexican mother has offered him an unusual starting point from which to seek a life in public service, but one of his most interesting roles has been that of global troubleshooter. What he has to say about how to negotiate to get what you want shows his true colors: He can be blunt, but charming; tough, but respectful; realistic, but hopeful. Through his work as a hostage negotiator sitting across the table from the likes of Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, and many others-as well as his toil on Capitol Hill, in the United Nations, and New Mexico's state government-he has learned the vital importance of preparation: know as much as possible about your adversary; test your partner's truthfulness; know how much you can concede; never lie and always be direct.
Between Worlds is the surprising story of one of our most seasoned and captivating national figures.
Baker & Taylor
The governor of New Mexico and four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee describes his background as the son of an American businessman father and Mexican mother, his hostage negotiations with Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro, and his relationships with such government figures as Colin Powell and George Stephanopoulos. 150,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico, is widely regarded as one of the most charismatic figures in the Democratic Party, and one of the country's best natural politicians - a man who has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize and who is counted as an expert on everything from Iraq to Al Qaida to North Korea, from energy policy to domestic politics to Hispanic America.
But there is a great deal more to Richardson than most people know. Between Worlds tells the story of a man indeed between worlds. Between cultures, as he grew up the son of an American businessman father and a Mexican mother, reared in Mexico City, educated in a prep school in New England, and shaped by the Southwest. Between countries, as he constantly has traveled the world, negotiating hand-to-hand and face-to-face with the likes of Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, and North Korean authorities, with sometimes startling results. Between job endeavors, as he has found himself jumping, sometimes at a moment's notice, from the official - congressman, Cabinet member, United Nations ambassador, governor - to the unofficial - a global troubleshooter dispatched to sit down with some of the worst dictators and despots of our time.
The governor of New Mexico describes his background as the son of an American businessman father and Mexican mother, his years of public service, and his relationships with such government figures as Colin Powell and George Stephanopoulos.