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Lane Evans was arguably one of the most progressive members of the U.S. Congress during his 12-term tenure in  a Midwestern swing district. In Guts: The Lane Evans Story, author Devin Hansen explores Lane's career as a man who had the guts to vote his conscience rather than what was politically expedient, and chronicles his fighting spirit during those final years enduring Lane Evans was arguably one of the most progressive members of the U.S. Congress during his 12-term tenure in  a Midwestern swing district. In Guts: The Lane Evans Story, author Devin Hansen explores Lane's career as a man who had the guts to vote his conscience rather than what was politically expedient, and chronicles his fighting spirit during those final years enduring Parkinson's disease. In Hansen's telling, Lane is proof that a politician can be truthful and idealistic - and still win. Lane Evans earned widespread respect from both sides of the aisle for his honesty, intelligence, and relentless commitment to veterans' issues and his constituents. Lane passed in 2014 from complications brought on by Parkinson's, but his life and legacy endure in these pages.


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Lane Evans was arguably one of the most progressive members of the U.S. Congress during his 12-term tenure in  a Midwestern swing district. In Guts: The Lane Evans Story, author Devin Hansen explores Lane's career as a man who had the guts to vote his conscience rather than what was politically expedient, and chronicles his fighting spirit during those final years enduring Lane Evans was arguably one of the most progressive members of the U.S. Congress during his 12-term tenure in  a Midwestern swing district. In Guts: The Lane Evans Story, author Devin Hansen explores Lane's career as a man who had the guts to vote his conscience rather than what was politically expedient, and chronicles his fighting spirit during those final years enduring Parkinson's disease. In Hansen's telling, Lane is proof that a politician can be truthful and idealistic - and still win. Lane Evans earned widespread respect from both sides of the aisle for his honesty, intelligence, and relentless commitment to veterans' issues and his constituents. Lane passed in 2014 from complications brought on by Parkinson's, but his life and legacy endure in these pages.

33 review for Guts: The Lane Evans Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    LeAnn L Morgan

    Lane Evans quote from 1984. “Unfortunately to President Reagan, government is inherently evil. Well I do not believe government is inherently evil, nor do I believe it is inherently good. Government is a tool. And a tool is not good or evil. The value or danger of a tool depends on how it is used…the framers of our Constitution gave us a fine set of tools…” Barack Obama has credited and thanked Lane Evans numerous times with the fact he would have never been elected a Senator for Illinois if not Lane Evans quote from 1984. “Unfortunately to President Reagan, government is inherently evil. Well I do not believe government is inherently evil, nor do I believe it is inherently good. Government is a tool. And a tool is not good or evil. The value or danger of a tool depends on how it is used…the framers of our Constitution gave us a fine set of tools…” Barack Obama has credited and thanked Lane Evans numerous times with the fact he would have never been elected a Senator for Illinois if not for Lane, who without question endorsed him when many had advised him against it. Lane Evans developed Parkinson’s as well as Lewy body dementia—as did his father. In his teens, Lane worked with his dad spreading Insecticide, bringing on the question if this may have triggered them both to have these conditions. He loved parades and would sit high on the back seat of a 1966 Red Mustang Convertible. His devoted people would follow him like the Pied Piper. It was during a parade in Galesburg, Illinois when his disability first reared it’s ugly head. His hand froze and he was unable to wave. His battle with Parkinson’s was described in imaginary…imagine a severe leg cramp…and then think of this cramp consuming every muscle in your body…these were the episodes he endured.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Turner

    Nice to read a book about Lane Evans. I remember him well. I actually saw him on several occasions in Galesburg, IL, where I grew up. He was a Congressman in the 17th District, serving 12 terms. This book covers his career and his life after Parkinson's disease took over. Lane was an avid supporter of our military. He fought for the rights of Veterans whenever the opportunity arose. He was instrumental in helping Barack Obama begin his political career in Illinois. Politicians from both parties Nice to read a book about Lane Evans. I remember him well. I actually saw him on several occasions in Galesburg, IL, where I grew up. He was a Congressman in the 17th District, serving 12 terms. This book covers his career and his life after Parkinson's disease took over. Lane was an avid supporter of our military. He fought for the rights of Veterans whenever the opportunity arose. He was instrumental in helping Barack Obama begin his political career in Illinois. Politicians from both parties were supporters for Lane Evans at different times in his political career. The book is well-written, changing from Lane's political achievements to his decline from the disease, giving the reader a break from straight political facts, which to me can be boring. I liked the way the author alternated the chapters. Kept it interesting. Thank you, Lane Evans, for your service to your country, both in the Marines and as a Congressman. A life cut short.....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Perez

    This book was really full of interesting, factual things about Lane. I went to high school with him and was interested in the 'inside story' of his amazing political career and personal life. The story is heartbreaking. He was such an amazing human being. He was an amazing, dedicated and selfless U.S. Congressman. He was a great asset to the wonderful President Barack Obama. He is someone who was a great role model. He died too young and with such a difficult, debilitating illness. He will long This book was really full of interesting, factual things about Lane. I went to high school with him and was interested in the 'inside story' of his amazing political career and personal life. The story is heartbreaking. He was such an amazing human being. He was an amazing, dedicated and selfless U.S. Congressman. He was a great asset to the wonderful President Barack Obama. He is someone who was a great role model. He died too young and with such a difficult, debilitating illness. He will long be remembered in Illinois and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rest In Peace Lane.

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