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Balance of Power: Presidents and Congress from the Era of McCarthy to the Age of Gingrich ( SIGNEDCOPY )

Wright, Jim

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ISBN 10: 1570362785 / ISBN 13: 9781570362781
Published by Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.: Turner Pub, 1996
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, CONGRESSMAN JIM WRIGHT. Very Good condition book with one small rubbed spot at toe of spine, Very good dust jacket in mylar jacket. Bookseller Inventory # WB102

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Title: Balance of Power: Presidents and Congress ...

Publisher: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.: Turner Pub

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The former Speaker of the House looks back on his thirty-four-year congressional career

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In a gracefully written memoir, full of insights and inside information about cooperation and conflict between the legislative branch and the nation's last nine presidents, former House Speaker Wright presents "the truth--as I saw it--about people and events that contributed to the major national decisions of the past forty years." A former mayor of Weatherford (near Fort Worth), Wright came to the House in 1954 and learned the ropes as a protegeof fellow Texans Sam Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson. Often serving as a mediator between blocs within Congress and between GOP presidents and Democratic legislators, Wright stresses the key role of civility in the consensus politics of the '50s through the '70s--and negative results of the '80s breakdown of that civility, thanks in large part to the secret contra war and to ideological bomb-throwers like current Speaker Newt Gingrich, who gleefully "brought down" Wright in 1989. Wright's final chapter argues that a "growing decibel level of hate-mongering and negativity threatens democracy" ; to overcome this threat, he urges campaign finance reform, a renewed social compact, infrastructure and education investments, acceptance of both the need for and appropriate limits on government, and restoration of civility. An enlightening (and, for political junkies, fascinating) historical document. Mary Carroll

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