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An Examined Life: The John Mutz Story

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John M. Mutz served as lieutenant governor of Indiana from 1981 to 1989. He was the person most responsible for bringing the Subaru plant to Lafayette, a move that reinvigorated manufacturing in the Hoosier State. Those who know Mutz recognize that politics was just one of his areas of expertise; he also was a recognized leader in philanthropy and business. An Examined Life: The John Mutz Story is a collaboration between Mutz and historian Edward O. Frantz. In addition to being a political and philanthropic leader, Mutz is the author of Fundraising for Dummies. Frantz is an American historian and author of The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877 1933 (2011) and editor of A Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents (2014). He serves as the director of the Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives at the University of Indianapolis. Working together, Mutz and Frantz have combined the perspective and experience of an accomplished leader with the insight of a political historian. Mutz s gratitude about the life that he has been able to lead is the motivating force behind An Examined Life. This book represents a culminating contribution to Indiana s civic life by imparting the life experiences of a man who uniquely merged politics, business, and philanthropy.

Hardcover.  223 pages. 2020, Indiana Historical Society Press. By John Mutz and Edward O. Frantz.