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The Power Game; How Washington Works

Smith, Hedrick

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ISBN 10: 0394554477 / ISBN 13: 9780394554471
Published by Random House, New York, 1988
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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24 cm. xxii, 793, [1] pages. Bibliography. Notes. Index. Front DJ flap price clipped. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Pencil erasure residue on fep. Signed with sentiment by the author. Hedrick Smith (born July 9, 1933) is a journalist who has been a reporter and editor for The New York Times, a producer/correspondent for the PBS show Frontline, and author. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1962 to 1988. During his career with The New York Times, he covered stories such as the Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights struggle, the Vietnam war, and the Cold War from both Moscow and Washington. In 1971, Smith worked as chief diplomatic correspondent. His work focused on topics such as terrorism, Wall Street, Soviet perestroika and Washington's power game. In 1971, as the Times chief diplomatic correspondent, Smith was a member of the team which produced the Pentagon Papers series; and in 1974, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his coverage of the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern Europe. Derived from a Kirkus review: A political diagnostic that yields myriad revelations about the true power centers in D.C., by the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, author of The Russians. Smith shows how the power game has undergone a revolution. Power has burst out of its old, elitist confines of powerful Senate and House committee chairmen, accessible presidents, and influential journalists--and now resides with unknown congressional staffers, lobbyists and fund-raisers working behind the scenes, and White House staff. Smith describes some of the new trends in Washington: e.g., "porcupine power," the prickly style of such figures as Jesse Helms, whose major focus is on obstructionism; the "power loop," or the tendency of those in positions of strength to narrow access and of those losing the power game to widen the circle. Smith shows us just who is running things these days: how it is that Pentagon gadflies like William Proxmire always come from states with little Pentagon business. In "The Big Games of Power," we get an inside view into such games as "damage control", and producing the "video presidency." An invaluable work and an eye-opener for voters. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Bookseller Inventory # 74797

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Title: The Power Game; How Washington Works

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Explains how the political process works in Washington today, with insider views of presidents, the Pentagon, congressmen and senators, and staff members, and of effective political techniques

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the most sweeping and in many ways the most impressive portrait of the culture of the Federal Government to appear in a single work in many decdes....Konwledeable and informative."


Power is the name of the game. But until now, no one outside "the beltway" knew just who was wielding how much--and for what ends. Pulitzer Prize-winning, ex-Washington bureau chief of THE NEW YORK TIMES, Hedrick Smith, tells the whole story. From PACs to influence-peddling from the Pentagon to the WASHINGTON POST, THE POWER GAME reveals Congressional staffers more powerful than their bosses, media advisors more powerful than the media, and money that not only talks but threatens. It's all there, and it's all in here.

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