INSIDE CONGRESS: The Shocking Scandals, Corruption, and Abuse of Power Behind the Scenes on Capitol Hill

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The bestselling author of Inside the White House, The FBI, Inside the CIA, The Sins of the Father, and other acclaimed works of nonfiction takes readers behind the scenes--via interviews with more than 350 insiders--to reveal the inner workings of Congress. Meticulously documented and chock-full of sizzling detail, Inside Congress divulges the sex scandals, the dirty financial deals, the abuses of power--in all their sordid glory.

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If the National Enquirer covered Congress, the result would be something like this. There's a lot here about the petty perks of power: the arrests of powerful members of Congress (and their sometimes even more powerful staffers) that somehow go away; members' use of the Capitol Police as personal chauffeurs; the fixing of members' parking tickets and the squandering of public funds on their custom-made office furniture and other interior decorations. The book also takes a look at the corruption of the current political fund-raising system and as an antidote, supports public campaign finance. But most of all, there's the drumbeat of congressional sex: furtive couplings with staffers and teenaged pages in congressional offices and "hideaways," in parked cars with streetwalkers in broad daylight, even on the steps of the Capitol itself. What makes this book more than just a cynic's delight is that Kessler is a thorough investigative reporter, an alum of both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. So don't be surprised if the stories he breaks here have further impact--after all, Kessler's book on the FBI brought down the Bureau's then director.

About the Author:

Ronald Kessler is the bestselling author of Inside the White House, The FBI, Inside the CIA, Escape from the CIA, The Spy in the Russian Club, Moscow Station, Spy vs. Spy, and The Richest Man in the World. A recipient of sixteen journalism awards, Mr. Kessler is a former investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and his articles appear in leading periodicals. He lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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