“David Pryor is a great Arkansan and a great American.”
—Sen. Hillary Clinton
“David Pryor never stops giving back to the people of Arkansas. His remarkable book is another service to our people because it sheds light on important chapters of our state’s history.”
—Gov. Mike Beebe
David Pryor’s career of public service is unparalleled in Arkansas history: he has been elected state representative, congressman, governor, and, alongside Dale Bumpers, U.S. senator (1979–1997), a seat his son Mark Pryor now holds. Through it all, Pryor’s curiosity, compassion, and concern for ordinary Americans draw the reader from one colorful vignette to another. His father sold Chevrolets, volunteered at church, and held local office just to be sure the right things were done in their community. Pryor’s richly detailed childhood memories are worth the price of the book. Yet there is so much more.
In the best tradition of American populists, Pryor followed his insight into the lives of ordinary Arkansans and Americans. He followed the voices of children in underfunded schools, of local officials who lacked funding to fulfill their responsibilities, of the elderly who needed adequate care in nursing homes. Pryor threw himself into fray after fray as advocate—often as champion—for the last, the least, and the neglected of our society.