In His Own Words

Alcoholic | Truck Driver | Governor | US Senator The Harold Hughes Story

by Russell Wilson & William Hedlund



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/15/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781489731029
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781489731012
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781489731036

About the Book

Written by two men who knew him very well, this book is not intended to be another biography of Harold E. Hughes. Nor is it intended to be an academic work. It is intended to reveal the many facets of Hughes’ colorful, tragic, complex, successful, productive, and spiritual life from the perspective of people who knew him best—his family, his friends and his co-workers. It’s also meant to give him well-deserved credit for the huge impact he made on the lives of thousands of alcoholics and other people in this country. During research for this wook, the authors discovered many hours of recordings made by the senator in anticipation of his writing a second book. What makes this book unique is the inclusion of many of those recordings, in his own words.

About the Author

This copy is included in my manuscript to appear inside at the end of the book and is also in the artwork for the dust cover. I have included a shortened version on the artwork for dustcover on the back cover. RUSSELL WILSON Russell L. Wilson and Governor and Senator Hughes were close friends for many years. “He was like a brother to me,” Wilson said. Their families remained friends throughout Hughes life. In 1962 when Hughes was governor, he appointed Wilson to the Iowa State Board of Control that administered thirteen state institutions including prisons, training schools for youth, mental hospitals, and several residential institutions. In the four years that Wilson served on that board he accompanied Hughes on several state and political trips and administered several special projects for the Governor including the Iowa Comprehensive Alcoholism Project. Wilson, a retired clergyman, has co-authored two additional books and has published many articles. His personal contact with Hughes provides many insights into Hughes’ career and life. He also shares many stories about Hughes that have never been published. WILLIAM HEDLUND William G. Hedlund graduated from Iowa State University in 1958 with a major in History and minors in Government and Industrial Administration. He was employed by the Legislative Research Bureau from 1959 to 1962. He then returned to Iowa State to work on a Master’s Degree. In 1964, he took the opportunity to join the staff of Governor Harold Hughes. He was responsible for health/education, welfare, and revenue. He went on to serve on Senator Harold Hughes’ staff as Legislative Assistant and Office Manager from 1969 to 1972. After returning to Iowa, Hedlund owned a retail store for 13 years then managed two housing projects for the elderly.