Combat: Twelve Years in the U.S. Senate

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Random House, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 287 pages
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Millions of Americans distrust Congress and its members. In Combat: Twelve Years in the U.S. Senate, one of the most respected and popular senators of recent times shows from the inside how the Senate works - and why it often doesn't work. Admired by his colleagues for his bluntness, decency, and courage, Warren B. Rudman gives a candid account of the legislative process as it really is. Rudman focuses on four historic Senate actions in which he played a central role: the Gramm-Rudman act - the audacious 1985 attempt to force a balanced budget on an unwilling Congress and president; the Keating Five ethics committee hearings, which revealed the thin line between campaign finance and corruption; the Iran-Contra investigation, Rudman's no-holds-barred account of the Reagan administration's biggest scandal; and the appointment of his colleague and close friend David Souter to the Supreme Court. Rudman offers vivid portraits of the men he worked with: Dole, Packwood, Baker, Helms, Gramm, and the two presidents he served under - Reagan and Bush. He writes unflinchingly about his colleagues and about the legislative process. Here is the inner world of the Senate club, revealed by the man who was often called "the conscience of the Senate". Combat is one of the most important books on American politics to be published in years.

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Former U.S. Senator Rudman's (R-N.H.) chronicle of his life as a politician serves as a definitive statement of American politics during the 1980s. Rudman focuses on the four major issues facing the ... Read full review

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Clear reading about how Congress and the Senate should work but seldom do. Tells of how Rudman and Phil Gramm created the Gramm-Rudman bill that tried to get Congress to balance the budget back in the ... Read full review



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About the author (1996)

As a young man, Warren Rudman saw combat as a platoon leader and company commander during the Korean War.  A Republican, Rudman was elected to two terms in the U.S. Senate, where he fought for a balanced budget, campaign finance reform, and an end to Pentagon waste.  He played a leading role in the Iran-Contra and Keating Five investigations and in the nomination of his friend David Souter to the Supreme Court.  After retiring from the Senate in 1992, Rudman co-founded the Concord Coalition, which works nationally for a balanced budget.  He now practices law with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison and serves as vice chairman of President Clinton's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He divides his time between New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.

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