Rostenkowski: The Pursuit of Power and the End of the Old Politics

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Ivan R. Dee, Jan 1, 1999 - Political Science - 311 pages
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This scrupulous political biography of Dan Rostenkowski follows his rise to power from modest origins in the Democratic ward politics of Chicago's Polish northwest side, through his national legislative triumphs, and ultimately to his criminal conviction and imprisonment for abuses of House practice. But the story offers much more than Rostenkowski's personal tragedy: it's a tale of the transformation of American political life, and of the fall of old-fashioned congressional politics. An insider's story. Anybody wanting to understand Congress and its place in American politics should read it. Jim Wright. Masterful...not just a book on Rostenkowski; Cohen has spun the tale of the entire modern period of Congress. Larry Sabato"

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Big-city machine politics, which made Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley such a dominant force in the Democratic party, had ossified by 1990, helping to destroy the career of his prot g , Rep. Daniel ... Read full review


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Cohen is a correspondent for the National Journal in Washington, D.C., and a winner of the Dirksen prize for distinguished reporting on Congress. A graduate of Brown and Georgetown universities.

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