The author recounts his political career, shares his impressions of leaders he has met, and discusses such issues as campaign contributions, religion and public life and the Clinton controversy


10 thoughts on “P.S.: The Autobiography of Paul Simon

  1. Andrew Schultz Andrew Schultz says:

    When I grew up in rural Indiana, Senator Paul Simon was The Guy With the Bow Tie on the WGN 9 00 news I could name him as a senator but not Indiana s senators He was the temperamental opposite of Reagan, who waswellcool and slick Simon was uncool, but I know even kids who loved Reagan respected him He had that preacher s gravitas without seeming like a boring sermonizer As I grew older, I respected himandfor being different without trying to show how different he was, for When I grew up in rural Indiana, Senator Paul Simon was The Guy With the Bow Tie on the WGN 9 00 news I could name him as a senator but not Indiana s senators He was the temperamental opposite of Reagan, who waswellcool and slick Simon was uncool, but I know even kids who loved Reagan respected him He had that preacher s gravitas without seeming like a boring sermonizer As I grew older, I respected himandfor being different without trying to show how different he was, for making sense and being worth listening to When he retired in 1990 I was disappointed I would never get to vote for him.But I did enjoy reading his autobiography There are so any Heratio Alger stories, but he writes about his successes and failures and manages to have a good word for many people including conservative Republicans without sounding like he is whitewashing He discusses common sense things we can all agree on, and his egolessness did make me feel like I could make a difference His account of the 1988 presidential campaign was quite good We all know about Dukakis and the tank and Bernard Shaw s death penalty question, but Simon avoids sensationalism and still provides a good read Many of his comments seem prescient now, about debt, the media, corporate influence in elections, and so forth.There are a lot of political books that point out why the other side is wrong This stresses things we can agree on And it shows that humility and accomplishment can go together I read this book after Senator Simon died, and it made me even sadder I never got to meet him It restored my faith given some of the corrupt politicians Illinois has had.Perhaps one of my favorite lines is when he describes an early book about living with his wife, Lutherans and Catholics We Can Live Together He was glad it became obsolete, and it s something that still makes me laugh Not a big laugh, but a good one It s good, positive stuff, and I was glad reading Senator Simon s autobiography reenforced the sort of person I thought he was


  2. Robert Hays Robert Hays says:

    My name is in this book because I was Paul s primary campaign manager in his first run for congress As I ve written elsewhere, I m not really objective when it comes to Sen Simon in any case I am very happy he wrote this biography and it is an interesting read Unfortunately, Paul s total lack of ego comes through, in that he approached this book almost like a second person narrator It is a good and fair chronology of his political career, but doesn t show enough of his philosophy.