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by Douglas MacKinnon

eBook Rolling Pennies in the Dark: A Memoir with a Message ePub
Author: Douglas MacKinnon
Language: English
ISBN: 1451607881
ISBN13: 978-1451607888
Publisher: Howard Books (February 28, 2012)
Pages: 240
Category: Politics & Government
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 822
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ePub file: 1622 kb
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Douglas MacKinnon served in the White House as a writer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George . He is the author of a memoir, Rolling Pennies in the Dark.

Douglas MacKinnon served in the White House as a writer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George . Bush and afterwards in a joint command at the Pentagon, where he had a top secret government clearance. He is a regular contributor to several major newspapers.

This very personal memoir is both heartbreaking and highly inspirational But this book is more than the story of one man’s personal journey; it is a memoir with a message.

This very personal memoir is both heartbreaking and highly inspirational. In it, Douglas MacKinnon weaves his astounding story as a desperately poor child and his triumphant transition from living in abject squalor to becoming a White House writer who now has the political influence to change the system-especially as it affects children. But this book is more than the story of one man’s personal journey; it is a memoir with a message.

Feb 13, 2012 Emma everemmareads rated it it was ok. To be honest I feel like I was duped. for primarily superficial reasons. But first things first. As others have noted, the first half of the book covers Mr. MacKinnon’s childhood - though childhood is not an appropriate word because he never had the nurturing environment that allows one the freedom to indulge in being a child.

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In it, Douglas MacKinnon weaves his astounding story as a desperately poor child and his triumphant transition from living in abject .

In it, Douglas MacKinnon weaves his astounding story as a desperately poor child and his triumphant transition from living in abject squalor to becoming a White House writer who now has the political influence to change the system-especially as it affects children. Through this message, the author not only inspires readers to move beyond their own difficulties, he also calls both political parties to task for their shameful neglect of tens of millions of Americans.

This very personal memoir is both heartbreaking and highly inspirational

A heartbreaking and inspirational memoir of one man s journey from abject childhood poverty and abuse to a high-level career as a White House writer.

In it, Douglas MacKinnon weaves his astounding story as a desperately poor child and his triumphant transition from abject squalor .

In it, Douglas MacKinnon weaves his astounding story as a desperately poor child and his triumphant transition from abject squalor to White House writer who now has the political influence to change the system-especially as it affects children. With humor, compassion, faith, and brutal honesty, Douglas MacKinnon writes eloquently of the pain of being unloved and neglected, and of his victorious struggle to overcome his past.

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A Memoir with a Message. by Douglas MacKinnon. At age six, the author saved his parents from a candle fire (the electricity was, typically, cut off) by tossing a toy bucket of water over the burning mattress on which they lay in an alcohol-induced coma. At eight, he and his siblings were abandoned in a car to succumb to hypothermia while his parents waited out the snowstorm in a bar.

A heartbreaking and inspirational memoir of one man’s journey from abject childhood poverty and abuse to a high-level career as a White House writer.With humor, compassion, faith, and brutal honesty, Douglas MacKinnon tellshis story of life below the poverty line and how he struggled to overcome his childhood. He shares poignant stories of his childhood, including one about rolling pennies by candlelight because the electricity had once again been cut off, and his little sister needed medication. At one point, his alcoholic parents abandoned him and his two siblings for five days, with no food, heat, or electricity in the middle of winter.But as Doug grew, his determination to survive grew with him. Despite being accepted to the Air Force Academy directly after high school, he stayed closer to home so he could look after his younger sister. And as various opportunities opened up to him, he discovered that his heart belonged in the political arena; for it was there, he believed, that he could work for real change and bring help to those who suffered as he did as a child.Rolling Pennies in the Dark reminds readers that it is possible to grow up in the most deplorable of conditions and still find success. More significantly, MacKinnon offers real solutions to our nation’s growing poverty problem. This is an important, essential book.
Talrajas
This was a book club read, admittedly I didn't finish the book due to an out of the country trip. I did enjoy the 50% I read, but felt there was a lot of bitterness in the tone of his writing. After the book club discussion apparently this bitterness continued into the 2nd half as well. Many subjects were glossed over or never explained.
Anicasalar
My friend read this and thought it was wonderful. We had both read The Glass Castle, and she said it was a lot like that book. Well, it wasn't. I was somewhat disappointed about the fact that he never described how he interacted with his parents, or what reasons they gave to their children for the way that they were forced to live....he just said over and over that they were drunk. Even as an adult when he reconnected with his father he never asked him why he grew up the way he did. He stated that some parts of his upbringing were too painful to write about, but if to choose to write a memoir, omission leaves a lot of gaps. This book was OK, but I felt that a lot was missing.
Saberdragon
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and interesting. I heard the author being interviewed on a radio talk show and became interested in what he had to say. I was not disappointed at all. Parts of his life were sad and as a mother, I felt very sympathetic to what he endured as a child. He grew up, not knowing any better until people took the time to teach him differently. He certainly didn't give-up, many in his predicament would have done so, but not him. It is very good.
Najinn
This is not a typical story of overcoming obstacles and coming out of poverty- it is a very fast read and anyone who had to work for what they have in life will certainly appreciate this book. I commend Douglas MacKinnon for being brutally honest, and applaud him for being proud of his conservative principles. He is not trying to convince anyone that his political belief is the only path- and the chapters about the WWII memorial are a testament to his belief in simply doing what is right. I fear his Part II takes away from the central theme of the story - the bootstrapping narrative- because as he should know from all his years in the political realm, no one likes to be told what they are doing wrong. What he says is true, and important, and as someone who identifies as a liberal, I believe that my opinions on the issues he discusses- affirmative action, welfare- are spot-on the same as his. We have done a great disservice to the young people in this country whose circumstances are not created by themselves by not at least trying to end the cycle of irresponsibility. Hunger and disparity driven by promotion of a mediocre work ethic, and not abortion or being gay, should be what people are talking about in the hundreds of political campaigns being waged this year- not only in the presidential. I wish MacKinnon had gone into greater depth of how he sees the problem being fixed rather then the extended discussion on why the problem has happened. I would certainly read another book of his that delved into this topic.
Hbr
Remarkable story of a dysfunctional family with one of three children, Doug, caring and protecting his older brother and younger sister from the chaos of abject poverty. While Doug looks out for his brother and sister, he becomes streetwise and strong willed to rise out of the abyss his parents created to become suscessful and very well respected. It was heart breaking to read about his early years growing up, but the story lightens up during his time spent in college and his early years as a writer. There is a message at the end, one of which people of all walks of life can learn.
Gralsa
Sad story but veery real
Soustil
Great book. Inspiring. Shows you can overcome adversity if you commit to it. Going to have my 13 yr old grandson read it.
excellent book
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