Lawyering, not legislating

Most of Tydings’ public career was spent in lawyering, not legislating, but I admit that his riveting accounts of our various levels of courts made me read more about them than I’ve ever done previously.

Here’s but one splendid sample: “The federal courtrooms where we plied our trade as prosecutors were always full of colorful witnesses, zany defendants, celebrity lawyers, unrepentant gamblers, politicians under stress (and sometimes their angry or weeping wives), clear-eyed federal investigators, tax cheaters, bank robbers and car thieves, experts in such arcane topics as handwriting, wise and thoughtful judges, and even pitiful kidnappers and murderers. In those courtrooms, we were witnesses to a carnival of life.”

As, indeed, are we readers of this compelling work. In addition, this broad-based saga includes 55 terrific black-and-white illustrations from private Tydings family and other unique photographic sources.

In conclusion—besides my own titles—this is the book I’ll be giving for Christmas presents in the future

Towson author Blaine Taylor went door-to-door in Baltimore’s Govans neighborhood for Tydings’ 1970 re-election bid, covered two of his events later as a reporter, interviewed him one-on-one the next year for the Towson State College student newspaper The Towerlight, and observed his 1976 Senate election effort in Dundalk. Taylor is also a repeat candidate for U.S. Senate, this year as a Republican.