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Achieve the Honorable: A Missouri Congressman's Journey from Warm Springs to Washington

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Ike Skelton served as the U.S. representative of Missouri’s Fourth District from 1977 to 2011 and was the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee from 2007 to 2011. In this memoir, he shares his insight into U.S. politics gained from thirty-four years in Congress, where he became known as a bipartisan negotiator and a champion of the Armed Services while helping to steer the nation through challenges from Communism to terrorism and pivotal events such as 9/11 and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Growing up during the Great Depression and World War II, Ike Skelton dreamed of joining the military. That dream was shattered when he contracted one of the most dreaded diseases of the era: polio. Far from abandoning hope, Skelton received treatment at Warm Springs, Georgia, overcame his disability, and went on to be a college athlete, a celebrated lawyer, a Missouri state senator, and a U.S. congressman. Achieve the Honorable is the deeply personal tale of Ike Skelton’s determined journey from the small town of Lexington, Missouri, to Capitol Hill.