Summary: The U.S. House of Representatives-a large, often unruly body of men and women elected every other year from 435 distinct microcosms of America-has achieved renown as ''the people's House,'' the world's most democratic institution, and an acute Rorschach of biennial public passions. In the midterm election year 2010, recession-battered Americans expressed their discontent with a simultaneously overreaching and underperforming government by turning the formerly Democratically controlle ...show mored House over to the Republicans. Among the new GOP majority were eighty-seven freshmen, many of them political novices with Tea Party backing who pledged a more open, responsive, and fiscally thrifty House. What the 112th Congress instead achieved was a public standing so low-a ghastly 9 percent approval rating- that, as its longest-serving member, John Dingell, would dryly remark, ''I think pedophiles would do better.'' What happened? Robert Draper explores this question just as he examined the Bush White House in his 2007 New York Times bestselling book Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush -by burrowing deeply inside the subject, gaining cooperation of the major players, and producing a colorful, unsparingly detailed, but evenhanded narrative of how the House of Representatives became a house of ill repute. Draper's cast of characters spans the full spectrum of political experience and ideologies-from the Democrat Dingell, a congressman since 1955 (though elbowed out of power by the party's House leader, Nancy Pelosi), to Allen West, a black Republican Tea Party sensation, former Army lieutenant colonel, and political neophyte with a talent for equal opportunity offending. While unspooling the boisterous, at times tragic, and ultimately infuriating story of the 112th Congress, Draper provides unforgettable portraits of Gabrielle Giffords, the earnest young Arizona congresswoman who wa ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 12
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