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Les was an amazing congressman. Now he shows that he's a master storyteller, too. This gripping personal history is sprinkled with humor and suspense and lyrically told.” —Pat Schroeder, former US Congresswoman, presidential candidate, and president of the American Book Publishers Association.


“Once upon a time in American politics, there was room on Capitol Hill for spirited compromise, principled Republicans, and champions of the have-nots. Les AuCoin lived to write about them, and damn well.”—Steve Duin, longtime Oregonian columnist


Catch and Release is evidence of AuCoin’s writing talent as well as his powers of observation. In this memoir, he exudes a sense of purpose that startles us, because we live in an era defined by cynicism, indecent values and greed.”

—Steve Forrester, former publisher, The Daily Astorian


 “A brilliant memoir, timely and relevant. Historical figures great and not so great come alive on these evocative pages. Fascinating.”

—Robert J. Mrazek, award-winning author of And the Sparrow Fell, A Dawn Like Thunder, and other books


"Our understanding of politics and politicians is vastly improved when a legislator shares his inner-most recollections of his work in Congress. Such asscounts are rare outside the occasional prominent party leader. Their value is immeasurably heightened when the writer is a perceptive and gifted writer. Les AuCoin's Catch and Release is a memoir that all students and scholars of Congress will value for honesty, acument, and skillful storytelling."

—John A. Lawrence, author of The Class of '74: Congress After Watergate the Roots of Partisanship

"Former Congressman Les AuCoin has given readers a reserved front-row seat to some of the most notable challenges of Oregon and US political history. Catch and Release hooks you in Chapter One and holds you until the final chapter... This book tells Oregon political history like it is. It should be required reading for political hopefuls waiting to be tested in the campaign arena.Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts

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