Do not ask what good we do inside the U.S. House of Representatives

by Draper, Robert.

Format: Book on CD 2012
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A contributor to publications such as National Geographic and GQ, Robert Draper has his finger on the pulse of modern American politics. In Do Not Ask What Good We Do, he turns his keen journalistic eye on the character and makeup of the House of Representatives forged by the historic 2010 midterm elections. In this eye-opening account, Draper profiles the major players in the House and illustrates how they are shaping American politics for the 21st century.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the mid-1790s, Fisher Ames, a member of the First Federal Congress, declined to run for a fifth term in the House, questioning the usefulness of the legislative body, given the divided politics of the time, and making the remark that lends itself to the title of this book. The best-selling author of Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush (2007), Draper takes an unsparing look at the contemporary House of Representatives, given the divided politics of our time. Draper focuses on the major players, including Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi, as well as the freshman class of the 112th Congress to offer a revealing look at the messy legislative process. Among 435 colleagues, the ambitious distinguish themselves as earnest ideological newcomers, many sponsored by the Tea Party, and search to find effectiveness. Boehner, Pelosi, and their respective party members cut deals for votes, campaign funds, committee assignments, and other measures of influence, handing out rewards and punishments based on compliance with party politics with very little legislative work getting done. This is a timely and insightful look at lawmakers as Americans brace themselves for continued political gridlock.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "First United States Congress member Fisher Ames couldn't have known how poignant his admonishment to "not ask what good we do" would become in light of the abysmally ineffective 112th Congress, particularly the House of Representatives, controlled by the GOP and with 96 freshman-87 of them Republicans-on its contentious roster. Plagued by an embarrassing 9% approval rating and a startlingly low passage of bills, the current House has also suffered from the personal tragedies and mistakes of its members, particularly the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 and Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal. Indeed, Draper focuses on the lives of Representatives-from both parties-inside and outside the House, and details the incredibly dynamic interpersonal politics that are the hallmark and the bane of a truly democratic institution. Characterized by the same level of detail and evenhandedness that suffused 2008's Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush, Draper's newest is an in-depth look behind the scenes of what 29-term Representative John Dingell called "the most human institution on the planet." (Apr.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

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Subjects United States. -- Congress. -- House.
Legislators -- United States.
Legislation -- United States.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2012
Edition Unabridged, [Recorded Books ed.].
Contributors Graham, Holter, narrator.
Recorded Books, LLC.
Simon and Schuster, inc.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Holter Graham.
Language English
Notes Compact disc.
Title from container.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Recording originally produced by Simon & Schuster, Inc., p2012.
In container (17 cm.).
"With tracks every 3 minutes for easy book marking"--Container.
Description 9 audio discs (11 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781470302757
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