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Titre : Combat: Twelve Years in the U. S. Senate
Éditeur : Random House
Date d'édition : 1996
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Very Good
Signé : Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Edition
dust jacket;inscribed to previous owner/signed by Rudman 0.0. N° de réf. du libraire 2981
Synopsis : In Combat: Twelve Years in the U.S. Senate Warren 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.
Critique: In his 12 years as a Republican senator for New Hampshire, 1981 to 1993, Warren B. Rudman demonstrated the effectiveness of pragmatic, moderate politics. While ideologues from both the left and the right bantered back and forth, Rudman held strong in the center, forging coalitions to try to actually get something done. The landmark act for which he's best known, the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit-reduction law, was a classic example of his ability to join opposite sides together in a sense of fiscal responsibility. His story is also one of the changes in the Republican Party. Socially liberal, he eventually decided not to seek office, feeling out of step with the party's rightward swing. In all, a political story from the 1980s and 1990s from a unique elected official of the era--one respected on both sides.
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