He’s one of the most influential and controversial characters in American politics. And whether you love him or hate him, the important role Senator Harry Reid has played in putting Nevada on the national stage is undeniable. Harry Reid may be said to exemplify the American Dream — from being a boy living in poverty in a small town to a man holding one of the most important offices in American government.
In this young person’s biography written specifically for children ages 8 to 12, author Adrienne Tropp objectively tells the surprising and inspiring story of Harry Reid’s journey from Searchlight to spotlight.
From the book:
Harry Reid was born into a life that provided little promise for success. He grew up in poverty. As a child, he experienced his parents’ drinking and domestic violence. The small town of Searchlight, Nevada, where he was born, had no high school.
Yet, with the help of mentors and an education in college and law school, he achieved great success as an attorney, going on to become Nevada’s youngest lieutenant governor, as well as head of the Nevada Gaming Commission, and both a representative and senator in the United States Congress. Eventually, he rose to the position of majority leader of the Senate, becoming one of the most influential politicians in the country for several decades.
Somebody Forgot to Tell Harry is a young person’s biography of Harry Reid, which tells the story of how this poor boy from a small mining town in the middle of nowhere went on to become one of the most important figures in United States’ politics. As Reid himself told an interviewer in 2004, “If I can make it in America, anyone can.”
Somebody Forgot to Tell Harry is part of the Nevada Biographies for Children series. It is available in paperback and ebook.
Cover design: Nuno Moreira
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