The Power Game: How Washington Works

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Random House, 1988 - History - 793 pages
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"May be the most sweeping and in many ways the most impressive portrait of the culture of the Federal Government to appear in a single work in many decdes....Konwledeable and informative." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Power is the name of the game. But until now, no one outside "the beltway" knew just who was wielding how much--and for what ends. Pulitzer Prize-winning, ex-Washington bureau chief of THE NEW YORK TIMES, Hedrick Smith, tells the whole story. From PACs to influence-peddling from the Pentagon to the WASHINGTON POST, THE POWER GAME reveals Congressional staffers more powerful than their bosses, media advisors more powerful than the media, and money that not only talks but threatens. It's all there, and it's all in here.

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

After this recent snarl over the debt, I felt compelled to learn about how government works - not just the hierarchical system we learn about in government classes, but the tough wrangling of power ... Read full review

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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

Excellent explanation of the turf battles, PR maneuvers, staff schisms, and other aspects of the political game. I would love to see an updated edition (this one stops with Reagan). Read full review

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The Impact of Reform Money
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Visibility Credibility and Power
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