I like reading historical novels. So, perhaps it’s not much of a stretch to have wanted to read Al Simpson’s book, Shooting From the Lip, the Life of Senator Al Simpson. I met him once when I was a sponsor for a Close-Up trip with our high school senior class; he talked to us on the steps of the Capital in Washington D.C. The experience left quite an impression on me.
My neighbor has loaned me her copy of the book, and I’m getting close to finishing it. It is a delightful read. Senator Simpson always has been a “no-nonsense” kind of guy. And he’s got a great sense of humor. The book was written by Donald Loren Hardy, his longtime chief of staff. Simpson told him to tell all the truth. “Leave teeth, hair, and eyeballs on the floor, if that results from telling the truth.” Hardy tells the story from Simpson’s journals. It is an interesting telling of his life from the time he was a teen right through his entrance into the ups and downs of political life. I’m enjoying every page…and will soon close the cover.