Making Government Work

by Ernest “Fritz” Hollings (with Kirk Victor)

The colorful personality of former U.S. Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings — a Charleston native celebrated and made fun of for his blunt approach, feisty communication style, dry wit, and Geechee brogue — comes through clearly in his political memoir Making Government Work. Heavy on South Carolina’s economic and cultural history in the latter half of the 20th century, Hollings doesn’t hold back on dishing out witty or sharp-toned opinions. On Nixon, he wrote, “I didn’t have to be clairvoyant to see through the White House fiddle-faddle. The administration was playing games.” On Reagan, he wrote, “We [Democrats] had fiddle-faddled and been complacent when we should have been aggressive.”

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