SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Sen. George Mitchell will speak about his memoir, “The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life,” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Monday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m.
“The Negotiator” covers Mitchell’s years growing up in Maine, his time in the Senate, his work to bring peace to Northern Ireland and the Middle East, and what he has learned about the art of negotiation during every stage of his life. The talk will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception with the senator. Seating is limited. Reservations are required.
Mitchell’s is a classic American Dream story. He grew up in a working-class family in Maine, experiencing firsthand the demoralizing effects of unemployment when his father was laid off from a lifelong job. Education was always a household priority, one Mitchell took quite seriously.
In his memoir, Mitchell looks back at his adventures in law and politics – including instrumental work on clean air and water legislation, the Iran-Contra hearings and health care reform – as well as life after the Senate, from leading the successful Northern Ireland peace process, to serving as chairman of The Walt Disney Company, to heading investigations into the use of steroids in baseball and unethical activity surrounding the Olympic Games. Some of his reminisces are funny, some are very sad, but all offer insights into critical moments in the last half-century of business, law and politics, both domestic and international.
Mitchell served as a Democratic senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and Senate majority leader from 1989 to 1995, eventually becoming the ranking Democrat in the Senate during the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He was the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, served as the U.S. special envoy for Middle East peace and wrote the “Mitchell Report” on the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999.
There will be books for sale and signing. Call the library at 244-7065.