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A Man’s Reach

2004
Author:

Elmer L. Andersen
Lori Sturdevant, editor

A Man’s Reach

The beloved former governor’s personal story of a life in service and of triumph over adversity—now in paperback!

Edited by Lori Sturdevant

Elmer L. Andersen has been described as Minnesota’s leading citizen. In A Man’s Reach, Governor Andersen recounts his years of service with a keen truthfulness, but also with the generous spirit that has guided his life and career. Told with humor and humility, A Man’s Reach is sure to encourage anyone who ever wondered if one person can make a difference.

In his autobiography, A Man’s Reach, the distinguished Elmer L. Andersen, 91, tells his life’s story in a lucid and wonderful way. Honoring those with whom he worked, and careful to respect even his political adversaries, editor and co-author Lori Sturdevant captures the Andersen spirit in a well researched and tightly written book worthy of its subject. The ideas shared in A Man’s Reach, largely unadulterated for political correctness, offer fodder for all of us as we ponder our own personal legacies.

Chuck Slocum, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Edited by Lori Sturdevant

Elmer L. Andersen has been described as Minnesota’s leading citizen. In A Man’s Reach, Governor Andersen recounts his years of service with a keen truthfulness, but also with the generous spirit that has guided his life and career. Told with humor and humility, A Man’s Reach is sure to encourage anyone who ever wondered if one person can make a difference.

A Man’s Reach

Governor Elmer L. Andersen is one of Minnesota’s leading political, business, and cultural figures. He lives in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

Lori Sturdevant is an editorial writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

A Man’s Reach

In his autobiography, A Man’s Reach, the distinguished Elmer L. Andersen, 91, tells his life’s story in a lucid and wonderful way. Honoring those with whom he worked, and careful to respect even his political adversaries, editor and co-author Lori Sturdevant captures the Andersen spirit in a well researched and tightly written book worthy of its subject. The ideas shared in A Man’s Reach, largely unadulterated for political correctness, offer fodder for all of us as we ponder our own personal legacies.

Chuck Slocum, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Andersen’s story is the Horatio Alger myth made real, but his life is about much more than money or politics. He believes in public service, in democracy and in striving to meet the needs of all citizens, especially those in the worst circumstances. . . . Andersen’s strong faith and values resonate from the first page of this autobiography. His writing is honest, personable, straightforward, portraying both the personal rigor and thoughtfulness of his business and newspaper careers.

Pioneer Press

A Man’s Reach is a book that warms the heart and should inspire any reader to be a better person. It’s also the detailed account of the life of a very successful businessman, politician, and most important, a great humanitarian. . . . It’s simply but forcefully told, it’s shrewd, and it’s quietly humorous and warm.

Dave Wood’s Book Report

Andersen and his skillful editor Sturdevant have produced a book that refreshes the spirit by reminding us of the possibilities of a life devoted to the service of others. . . . This delightful memoir will rejuvenate the faith of all who believe in the value of honesty and the power of perseverance harnessed to a noble cause.

Minnesota History

Andersen’s story is a true Horatio Alger story. An interesting and engaging story. Amusing anecdotes, such as the revelation that Charles Lindberg traveled with dinner jacket folded up in his overcoat, are sure to produce a smile. It is an enjoyable read.

North Dakota History

An inspiring biography of a man who rose from humble beginnings to greatness.

Dave Wood