• Title: The Most Exclusive Club: A History of the Modern United States Senate
  • Author: Lewis L. Gould
  • ISBN: 9780465027798
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
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    The Most Exclusive Club A History of the Modern United States Senate In this sweeping narrative acclaimed political historian Lewis L Gould chronicles over one hundred years of Senate history from the Progressive Era to the war in Iraq Over the course of the twentiet
    In this sweeping narrative, acclaimed political historian Lewis L Gould chronicles over one hundred years of Senate history, from the Progressive Era to the war in Iraq Over the course of the twentieth century, the most powerful legislative body in the world grappled with great questions of empire and democracy, war and peace, capital and labor, fascism and communism, raIn this sweeping narrative, acclaimed political historian Lewis L Gould chronicles over one hundred years of Senate history, from the Progressive Era to the war in Iraq Over the course of the twentieth century, the most powerful legislative body in the world grappled with great questions of empire and democracy, war and peace, capital and labor, fascism and communism, race relations, women s rights, and terrorism In addition to towering figures such as Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr William E Borah, and Lyndon Johnson, Gould also highlights the stories of lesser known Senate leaders who have played vital roles in America s upper house At the beginning of the twenty first century, controversy surrounding the Senate is intensifying as is its political power Lewis L Gould s masterful history is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the past, present, and future of American politics.

    One Reply to “The Most Exclusive Club: A History of the Modern United States Senate”

    1. This is one of those books I should have read when it came out in 2005 but missed. As a starter book for learning about why the Senate is so terrible, this one is a pretty good place to start. The book spans 100 years of Senate history in just 320 pages, pointing out that the institution has long been insulated from the rest of America because it's dominated by old white men. There were several occasions where I wish more than a few paragraphs had been devoted to a given fight, but it's also som [...]

    2. A great book to a point The history is clear and Gould takes the time to introduce all of the major players. However, he tends to repeat himself often and makes MANY "moral" judgements regarding various politicians and their actions. Still, a very interesting read and I'm glad I finally picked it up.

    3. The actual book itself is a bit clunky and, at times, repetitive (I blame editors for that). I think it's a challenging enterprise to tackle the history of the U.S. Senate in the number of pages the author does -- and there are also times when there are small editorial remarks. All that being said, it is an informative book, even though it's really only the 20th Century history of the U.S. Senate. The book describes the evolution of party leaders, i.e majority leader, minority leader, whips, etc [...]

    4. A fairly short, very readable history of the 20th century Senate, starting out in 1900 with some back history, and then tracing the legislative body's history by examining the major controversies of various periods and the Senate's relationship with the president. Major parts are the change to direct election, the fight over the League of Nations, the Depression & New Deal, WWII, McCarthy, LBJ, the Civil Rights era, and then everything is quickly wrapped up with the last quarter century or s [...]

    5. Useful, but if I didn't work around senators all day I don't know if it would have held my interest as much. A good amount of amusing anecdotes and a good explanation of Senate procedures and how they've changed.

    6. Wow, way to make an otherwise interesting subject boring. A shame that this book didn't take as much advantage over such a richly historic entity.

    7. Gould gives a very good overview of Senate history. The focuses both on the development of the Senate as an institution and on some of the colorful characters that have been elected to it.

    8. Not a book to be read if you're sleepy, but keep reading. Filled to the brim with information that will help you see the Senate as you've never seen it before.

    9. Great history of the last 100 years of the Senate. Once again, if you're a fan of politics, read it.

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