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“[Wexler’s] tales-from-the-trenches biography juggles his appealing mix of idealism and realism, explanation and anecdote, in just the right amount. . . . This really is a blast of a book to read; getting the behind-the-scenes lowdown on maneuvering legislation through committees, hitting the campaign trail vicariously with a gifted and passionate pol . . . these are experiences political junkies should lap up in big doses.”
And like the rest of us, Wexler has had to fight plenty of losing battles.
If one reads this book, one will probably want to go back to college and study poly sci, after reading Wexler's explanation of Washington politics in laymen's terms.
By the following summer, he was the democratic candidate and I was hosting house party for him and getting to know him and many of his staff pretty well.
Robert Wexler's book should be required reading for all civics students and political science majors. Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by An American Latina
I've read a few political books in my time and a few biographies, but Fire Breathing Liberal was more fun to read than all of those. Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by B. Remmers
Congressman Wexler writes fast and in fine strokes, giving one an intimate view of politics on the Hill. Read morePublished on September 20, 2008 by Liz Ellerbe
Great book. Informative and a fun read. Expect to get mad but get up and do something about it!Published on August 17, 2008 by H. R. Toney
I have only become aware of Robert Wexler in the last 3 or 4 years, but I can't help but like the guy. Read morePublished on August 16, 2008 by T. Williams
I didn't THINK I was going to like this book, because of the title, but I'm so glad that I did read it! This man gives a good analysis of why things don't get done in Washington. Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by M. SILVA
For anyone who wants insight into the inner workings of Congress, but is put to sleep by C-SPAN, this book is a must-read. Read morePublished on July 20, 2008 by MarcyM
Thank goodness for Robert Wexler! He is a brave, fearless leader who gives a voice in Congress for those of us who have been left behind for so long. Read morePublished on July 17, 2008 by Jeanni Tavlin
By the time I reached Wexler's account of the 2000 election (the 'butterfly-and-chad' troubles occurred right in Wexler's South Florida district) and to the Supreme Court's... Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by Brad Newsham