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Congress from the Inside: Observations from the Majority and the Minority (SIGNED and Inscribed to Valerie Harper)

Brown, Sherrod (Valerie Harper)

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ISBN 10: 0873386302 / ISBN 13: 9780873386302
Published by Kent State University Press, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED and warmly inscribed on the title page by Sherrod Brown to American actress Valerie Harper. The book comes with a handwritten letter by Brown to Harper. The book is As New, tight, clean and crisp. With dustjacket now protected in a new Mylar cover. In excellent condition. As New. ; Valerie Harper is best known for her roles as Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda. ; 9.35 X 6.40 X 0.87 inches; 248 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 26099

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Title: Congress from the Inside: Observations from ...

Publisher: Kent State University Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Synopsis:

This work takes freshman Congressman Brown through the halls of the Capitol as he learns his job; depicts the inner-working and deal-making of Congress; shows how legislation is crafted; and visits the offices of the other members and small meetings where much of the work of Congress is done.

Review:

Congress From the Inside is just what the name suggests: a member's-eye view of Congress by Sherrod Brown, a fourth-term, liberal Democratic member of the House of Representatives from Ohio. Brown writes about campaigning in his home district, serving on committees, voting on the floor, and answering constituent mail, as well as presenting his perspective on NAFTA, Bill Clinton's first budget and tax increase, and the effects of the "Republican Revolution" of the 1994 congressional elections. Brown's inside description of the Democratic Party's struggle to deal with their loss of a congressional majority is one of the most vivid and candid sections in the book. Also of note is his reaction to President Bill Clinton's subsequent "snuggling up to (then-Speaker of the House Newt) Gingrich," as the "triangulation" theory espoused by controversial presidential advisor Dick Morris moved Clinton further to the right, creating a rift between the president and congressional Democrats. (It was Brown who quipped at the time, in a remark made in a closed Democratic meeting but reported nationally, that maybe the street in front of the White House, which had been closed to traffic for security purposes, should be reopened.)

While there are no bombshells in Congress from the Inside, Brown's book is reasonably candid for a sitting member of Congress, and he wisely resists the temptation to puff himself up too heavily. But it is a strongly partisan story told from a liberal's perspective, in which the Democrats are always right on the issues. The only time Republicans are right, according to Brown, is when they act like Democrats (as in passing a minimum wage increase or enacting health insurance reform in 1996). Democratic readers will appreciate this book, along with the tantalizing possibility on which it closes--that the congressional elections in 2000 will see the Democrats take back the House, making Brown an influential subcommittee chairman.

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