Michael J. Kerrigan

Ten Interesting Characters: Their Lives

Great stories in both cinema and literature share the common trait of dynamic and vivid personalities thrown into difficult situations. Our ten characters have been thrown into the often-shallow and sometimes shark-infested waters of the American politics. They demonstrate that exceptional men and women in public life are that way, in large part, because of the principles and moral values they bring—and do not betray—in their public service careers. As their personal and political roles have evolved and emerged, each enriching the other, the ten have had a positive impact on the nation’s landscape. They have successfully navigated the seas of power between the shoals of what is right and proper and what is wrong and expedient. How they act when they get into these situations reveals their true character.

The cast of characters includes five Republicans and five Democrats. They have practiced politics as United States and State Senators; Ambassadors; an Admiral; lawyers; lobbyists, university president; National Party Chairman; Superintendent of a Service Academy; and the head of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. They hail from all parts of the country, from Massachusetts to California, from North Carolina to New Mexico to states of Maryland and Pennsylvania near by our nation’s capital.

The lives of these characters spans 40 years of American political history. Each has been a leader at some time during this period. All value working with others of differing ideologies. They strive not only to make government work more effectively, but also to build a better country. Good character has shaped everything about their lives. As you read about each character, note the associations they formed, the peers they chose, the mentors they sought and organizations they affiliated themselves, all of which helped to define their character. Observe the role of family in the development of their character. Study the wise choices they have made in their careers.

The characters in my book are: Honorable Anne K. Bingaman, Charles R. Black, Esq., Honorable Thomas J. Bliley, Honorable William M. Bulger, Honorable Benjamin L. Cardin, Ambassador Richard Carlson (Ret.), Paul F. Eckstein, Esq., Admiral Thomas C. Lynch (Ret.), Ambassador Charles T. Manatt (Ret.), Honorable Richard J. Santorum.

In examining these lives, readers can get answers to these questions:

  • What motivated these characters?
  • What drove them to their successes?
  • What role did good character play?
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10 Character Profiles
The Honorable Anne K. Bingaman Charlie R. Black, Esquire
The Honorable Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. The Honorable William M. Bulger
The Honorable Benjamin L. Cardin Ambassador Richard Carlson (Ret.)
Paul F. Eckstein, Esquire Admiral Thomas C. Lynch (Ret.)
Ambassador Charles T. Manatt (Ret.) The Honorable Richard J. Santorum
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