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Kings Of The Hill: How Nine Powerful Men Changed The Course Of American History Paperback – May 9, 1996

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High-level government insiders themselves, the Cheneys profile nine of the most influential and controversial leaders of the House of Representatives in American history.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684823403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684823409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ever wonder how 435 egomaniacs get even a few bills done in
Congress?
The Cheneys supply the answer in this book of excellent
vignettes on several masters of the US House of Representatives. Meet
Clay, Polk, Stevens, Blaine, Reed, Cannon, Longworth, Rayburn and
Gingrich as they work their will on their members to controll the
legislative process.
By examining the role of congressional
leadership through history and historic personalities, this book both
illustrates how the House has changed and how the nature of power
hasn't. These men relied on personal relationships, codes of honor
that won respect and a willingness to exercise power (ie, risk tough
battles, reward friends and punish enemies) to run the House.
Both
the history buff and those interested in leadership studies will find
this book interesting. Though well written, the book is short. I
think that it could have delved into more detail of some of the
political battles these men faced and still been fascinating. Maybe
Dick Cheney will have the time to expand upon this theme as Vice
President -- there is a lot of opportunity for writing while jetting
to and from foreign funerals (as John Nance Garner -- FDR's 1st VP --
said "the job's not worth a bucket of warm spit!).
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I thouroughly enjoyed this book. It covered each topic just enough with a good balance of political, social, and personal aspects and how the three inter-related and affected the subjects. For someone just beginning to understand the history of the House, it is a great book to read.
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I liked it a lot. Lots of neat old history in here. Lots of good old political history in here.
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