Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power

By John Harwood and Gerald F. Seib
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7.35 Hours 05/13/2008 unabridged
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With keen inside analysis and great stories drawn from astonishing access to Washington’s key players, Pennsylvania Avenue takes us behind the scenes to show what really happens on the first street in America and how that affects the country. The last decade produced one of the greatest political transformations in American history: a shift from the Reagan revolution, which had begun to dismantle the Democratic establishment. Since the Reagan era, the way Americans pick their representatives has undergone changes that have produced a new kind of politician and new institutions, turning upside down the way things get done on Pennsylvania Avenue. Seib and Harwood expose the forces that produced this great change and reveal how contemporary politicians are making the new power game work, along with the consequences for us all.

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Summary

Summary

With keen inside analysis and great stories drawn from astonishing access to Washington’s key players, Pennsylvania Avenue takes us behind the scenes to show what really happens on the first street in America and how that affects the country.

The last decade produced one of the greatest political transformations in American history: a shift from the Reagan revolution, which had begun to dismantle the Democratic establishment. Since the Reagan era, the way Americans pick their representatives has undergone changes that have produced a new kind of politician and new institutions, turning upside down the way things get done on Pennsylvania Avenue. Seib and Harwood expose the forces that produced this great change and reveal how contemporary politicians are making the new power game work, along with the consequences for us all.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Essential reading for anyone interested in the inside workings of American politics.” Brian Williams, anchor, NBC Nightly News
“Among their peers, John Harwood and Gerald Seib are respected as the gold standard of deep and honest reporting. Some journalists pretend they know what is going on; Harwood and Seib really do, as they prove once again in this evocative and insightful book.” David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton
“Fresh and stimulating…Through a series of sharp vignettes and character sketches, the authors…take readers behind Washington’s facades, showing how business really gets done…Harwood and Seib’s calm tone and bipartisan focus give Pennsylvania Avenue a neighborly feelas its authors stroll down the street.” New York Times Book Review
“Informative and timely…[Readers] will come away with a greater knowledge of how the Washington power game is played.” Washington Times
“In transactions from the Dubai ports deal debacle to the public relations battle over Wal-Mart and behind-the-scene machinations of the war in Iraq, the authors examine the influence of the powerful who don’t let ideology get in the way of the deal. Harwood and Seib examine Washington’s earlier history and the new strains produced by unprecedented ideological polarization, devoid of any of the personal camaraderie of the past. They conclude by exploring prospects for the future as both political parties recognize the gridlock and make efforts to soften the sharp edges.” Booklist
“Policy wonks will enjoy this solid, well-reported portrait of life in the District, while insiders will look for their names in the index.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: John Harwood

John Harwood is political editor of the Wall Street Journal and author of the Journal’s “Washington Wire” column. He offers political analysis on NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Newsnight, and PBS’s Washington Week in Review, among other programs.

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Author Bio: Gerald F. Seib

Gerald Seib is the Washington bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal. He writes the paper’s “Capital Journal” column and is a regular commentator on Washington affairs for CNBC. He was part of the Wall Street Journal team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of 9/11.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 7.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English