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The American Senate: An Insider's History

 
 
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Neil MacNeil and Richard A. Baker.
Publisher Oxford  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780190231965
Pages/Publication Date 455/2013
Daedalus Item Code 63936
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(Winner of the 2013 George Pendleton Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government) The U.S. Senate has fallen on hard times, note Neil MacNeil and Richard Baker. Once known as the greatest deliberative body in the world, it now has a reputation as a partisan, dysfunctional chamber. What happened to the house that forged American history's great compromises? MacNeil, a congressional reporter since 1949 and a founding member of the PBS television program Washington Week, and Baker, the Senate's inaugural official historian, together offer an insider's history in this book, published after MacNeil's death. They explore everything from the Senate's struggles with the presidency—beginning with George Washington's first, disastrous visit to the chamber on August 22, 1789—to the rise of the Senate's potent investigative powers, from the Civil War to Watergate.

"A multidimensional study of the history, traditions and culture of the United States Senate.... Whether discussing money and elections, campaign reform, the origins of the filibuster, the Senate's investigatory power or its role in ratifying treaties or debating the great issues of the day, the authors pack the narrative with wide-ranging information and anecdotes. A useful, engaging primer for anyone wishing to understand the politics, precedent and procedures that have shaped the Senate."—Kirkus Reviews

 
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