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In combat : 12 years in the U.S. Senate

Author: Warren B Rudman
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st ed
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Millions of Americans distrust Congress and its members. In Combat: Twelve Years in the U.S. Senate, one of the most respected and popular senators of recent times shows from the inside how the Senate works - and why it often doesn't work. Admired by his colleagues for his bluntness, decency, and courage, Warren B. Rudman gives a candid account of the legislative process as it really is. Rudman focuses on four  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Warren B Rudman; Warren B Rudman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warren B Rudman
ISBN: 0679441352 9780679441359
OCLC Number: 71847499
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 287 pages
Contents: Introduction: A Lovely Visit to the White House --
Ch. 1. Arrivals: From Ellis Island to the Senate --
Ch. 2. Gramm-Rudman: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come --
Ch. 3. The Iran-Contra Affair: The American People Have the Constitutional Right to Be Wrong --
Ch. 4. The Nomination of David Hackett Souter: What Have I Done to My Best Friend? --
Ch. 5. The Keating Five: Everybody Doesn't Do It! --
Ch. 6. Looking Ahead.
Responsibility: Warren B. Rudman.

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Millions of Americans distrust Congress and its members. In Combat: Twelve Years in the U.S. Senate, one of the most respected and popular senators of recent times shows from the inside how the Senate works - and why it often doesn't work. Admired by his colleagues for his bluntness, decency, and courage, Warren B. Rudman gives a candid account of the legislative process as it really is. Rudman focuses on four historic Senate actions in which he played a central role: the Gramm-Rudman act - the audacious 1985 attempt to force a balanced budget on an unwilling Congress and president; the Keating Five ethics committee hearings, which revealed the thin line between campaign finance and corruption; the Iran-Contra investigation, Rudman's no-holds-barred account of the Reagan administration's biggest scandal; and the appointment of his colleague and close friend David Souter to the Supreme Court. Rudman offers vivid portraits of the men he worked with: Dole, Packwood, Baker, Helms, Gramm, and the two presidents he served under - Reagan and Bush. He writes unflinchingly about his colleagues and about the legislative process. Here is the inner world of the Senate club, revealed by the man who was often called "the conscience of the Senate. " Combat is one of the most important books on American politics to be published in years.

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