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Joe Moakley's Journey
From South Boston to El Salvador
Mark Robert Schneider

2013 • 320 pp. 17 illus. 6 x 9"
Biography - Political / Government / Legislatures

$29.95 Hardcover, 978-1-55553-807-1

$24.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-808-8

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“Mark Robert Schneider’s new book, Joe Moakley’s Journey, is a fine account of Congressman John Joseph Moakley’s personal and political journey progression from “meat and... [continued in Reviews below]”—Boston Globe

The first biography of the popular, long-serving congressman from South Boston

In November 1989 in El Salvador, six Jesuit priests and their two female housekeepers were rousted from their beds and shot as they lay face down on the ground. At first, the George H. W. Bush administration echoed the Salvadoran military’s line that the rebels must have done it. When House Speaker Tom Foley tasked a senior congressman with investigating the murders, the people of El Salvador found an unlikely champion in the person of John Joseph Moakley, representative from South Boston. In Joe Moakley’s Journey, Mark Robert Schneider charts one of the most unusual transformations in American politics. A native son of South Boston, Moakley was an effective and influential House member, whose greatest influence and legacy is, paradoxically, far from home in the fields of El Salvador and Central America. Though firmly, fiercely grounded in his hometown of South Boston—he never lived anywhere else—from the beginning of this investigation until his death in 2001, issues of Central American justice, peace, and economic development became Joe Moakley’s cause.

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“Mark Robert Schneider’s new book, Joe Moakley’s Journey, is a fine account of Congressman John Joseph Moakley’s personal and political journey progression from “meat and potatoes” neighborhood politician to human rights crusader. It is basically a political story, and the strength of Schneider’s account comes in its skillful balancing of Moakley’s local loyalties with his international interests.”—Boston Globe

“This is considerably more than an account of Joseph Moakley’s life; it is really also a reflection, through that life, of key aspects of twentieth-century US history and politics: immigration early and late, urban neighborhood politics, key national political issues, and important perspectives on foreign policy.” —Jack Spence, University of Massachusetts–Boston

“Mark Schneider has written a wonderful book about an extraordinary man. Joe Moakley’s life was dedicated to helping people—especially the most vulnerable. He had a big heart and a spine of steel. He demonstrated that politics could be an honorable profession, and I miss him.” —U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

“They don’t make congressmen like Joe Moakley any more—devoted to their constituents and equally devoted to larger causes of social justice. Schneider’s book brings Moakley and his times vividly back to life.”—James M. O’Toole, Clough Chair in History, Boston College

MARK ROBERT SCHNEIDER is adjunct professor of history at Suffolk University in Boston, and author of African Americans in the Jazz Age, “We Return Fighting,” and Boston Confronts Jim Crow.

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