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HEARD and OVERHEARD: Words Wise (and Otherwise) with Politicians, Statesmen, and Real People is a medley of vignettes by politician, diplomat, lawyer, musician and author, James W. Symington.


Some stories are about his life, while most provide illuminating glimpses into important moments in modern American history—as seen and heard from his vantage points as a congressman, diplomat and right-hand man to one ambassador, an Attorney General and a President of the United States. 


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"Symington…is one of the best storytellers in the world, a distinction he shares with his fellow Missourian, Mr. Mark Twain …. You name it, he was there. 

   -Christopher Buckley 

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