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Title:
Becoming Wellstone : healing from tragedy and carrying on my father's legacy
ISBN:
9781616494452
Publication Information:
Center City, Minn. : Hazelden, 2012.
Physical Description:
xvi, 181 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents:
Prologue: The Crash -- Growing Up Wellstone -- My Dad the Troublemaker -- Losing My Advisor and My Support Network -- Watch Out for the Eagles -- The Amigo Road House Finds Me -- Another Wellstone Goes to Washington : Lobbying for My Father's Signature Issue -- Getting the Wellstone Bill on Mental Health Passed -- Expect Setbacks and Failure on the Road to Recovery : Place Your Stone Well -- Conclusion: Carrying On My Father's Legacy, My Own Way -- Afterword / by Jim Ramstad -- Appendix: Paul Wellstone Obituary from the New York Times; Transcript of Dave Wellstone's Eulogy Given at the Memorial Service for Paul Wellstone; The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
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Becoming Wellstone


Author Notes

Paul Wellstone grew up in Arlington, Virginia, & attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was a professor of political science at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, for twenty-one years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1990. He & his wife, Sheila Ison, have three children & six grandchildren.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

"The call came late that morning." the book begins, hinting at the catastrophic impact that 2002 phone call would have, as Wellstone learned that his parents (Minnesota senator Paul Wellstone and wife, Sheila) and his sister, Marcia, had died in a plane crash. Wellstone and his younger brother were all that was left of the family. Working as the time as a corrections officer and organic farmer in Minnesota, Wellstone was unable to cope with his life and left the state behind, moving to California's Santa Cruz mountains. As he began his journey to healing, Wellstone took up his father's legacy, working for mental health parity in medical insurance coverage, an effort that eventually succeeded. Wellstone's book is heartfelt but scattered, full of mystical ramblings and disconnected observations. As Wellstone seems to complete his healing, he turns his California home into the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, a sanctuary of sorts, for people in need of emotional and spiritual renewal. The book closes with Wellstone asking readers to invite him to their homes for "snacks and conversation" and discussions about the book-presumably to spread his message of healing. It's an odd, if sincere, request, a flat final note to an account of tragedy and recovery. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Jim Ramstad
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: The Crashp. xi
Chapter 1 Growing Up Wellstonep. 1
Chapter 2 My Dad the Troublemakerp. 19
Chapter 3 Losing My Advisor and My Support Networkp. 39
Chapter 4 Watch Out for the Eaglesp. 59
Chapter 5 The Amigo Road House Finds Mep. 71
Chapter 6 Another Wellstone Goes to Washington: Lobbying for My Fathers Signature Issuep. 97
Chapter 7 Getting the Wellstone Bill on Mental Health Passedp. 119
Chapter 8 Expect Setbacks and Failure on the Road to Recovery: Place Your Stone Wellp. 131
Conclusion: Carrying On My Father's Legacy My Own Wayp. 143
Afterwordp. 153
Appendixp. 157
Paul Wellstone Obituary from the New York Timesp. 159
Transcript of Dave Wellstone's Eulogy Given at the Memorial Service for Paul Wellstonep. 167
The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008p. 173
Notesp. 175
About the Authorp. 179
Photo Creditsp. 181