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In December 1967, Chuck Robb was catapulted onto the national scene when he married Lynda Bird Johnson, the daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, in a nationally broadcast White House wedding. Shortly thereafter, Robb, a U.S. Marine, deployed to Vietnam, where he commanded India Company of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Regiment, and was awarded the Bronze Star. These two experiences--seemingly polar opposites--illustrate much about the eventual Virginia governor and U.S. senator, who combined a commitment to family with an ingrained sense of civic duty on the national stage.
In the Arena offers the first political memoir of the noted statesman's extraordinary life, tracing his path from early days as an anonymous Marine to his fairytale wedding, from night movements in Vietnam to engaging in the height of Democratic politics in the Virginia state capitol and U.S. Senate, and from experiencing personal highs and lows to becoming a principled fighter and exemplar of today's moderate Democrat.
Chuck Robb served as the 64th Governor of Virginia from 1982 to 1986 and as a United States Senator from 1989 until 2001.
Eleanor Clift is a Daily Beast columnist writing about Washington power and politics. A former Newsweek correspondent, she covered every president since Jimmy Carter and was a panelist on the long-running McLaughlin Group. She is the author of Founding Sisters and the 19th Amendment and Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics. She has appeared as herself in several movies, including Dave, Independence Day, Rising Sun, and the CBS series, Murphy Brown.