Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 7, 2013 - Political Science - 448 pages
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An eye-opening account of how Congress today really works—and how it doesn’t— Act of Congress focuses on two of the major players behind the sweeping financial reform bill enacted in response to the Great Crash of 2008: colorful, wisecracking congressman Barney Frank, and careful, insightful senator Christopher Dodd, both of whom met regularly with Robert G. Kaiser during the eighteen months they worked on the bill. In this compelling narrative, Kaiser shows how staffers play a critical role, drafting the legislation and often making the crucial deals. Kaiser’s rare insider access enabled him to illuminate the often-hidden intricacies of legislative enterprise and shows us the workings of Congress in all of its complexity, a clearer picture than any we have had of how Congress works best—or sometimes doesn’t work at all.


 

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Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't

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Kaiser (senior correspondent, Washington Post; So Damn Much Money) admits that he can't fix the problems preventing Congress from being more productive, but he offers a thorough examination of the ... Read full review

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Loved the book. It's really well written and very well researched. This is an inside look of how a bill gets passed in congress. A must read for every US citizen.

Contents

CHAPTER ONE I Could IIear Everyone Gulp
3
CHAPTER TWO The Man Who Vasnt Gray
17
CHAPTER THREE W hat Is to Be Done?
26
CHAPTER FOUR An Orgy of Outrage
39
CHAPTER SEVEN Downtown Takes the Lead
84
CHAPTER EIGHT A Rich Variety of Humanity
96
CHAPTER ELEVEN Paddling Influence
127
CHAPTER THIRTEEN In the Legislative Vecds
150
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Making Sausage
159
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Searching for Consensus
227
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE Endgame
359
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR Still Broken
370
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Robert G. Kaiser was on the staff of The Washington Post for over fifty years. He eported on the House and Senate; was a correspondent in Saigon and Moscow; served as national editor and managing editor; and as associate editor and senior correspondent. He retired from The Washington Post in 2014. He has also written for Esquire, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Review of Books. His books include Russia: The People and the Power; So Damn Much Money; and, with Leonard Downie Jr., The News About the News. He received an Overseas Press Club award, a National Press Club award, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has also been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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