Scot Faulkner has given us an absolutely fascinating eyewitness account of the clash of ideas and personalities during the first Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in forty years. (Ray Smock, former Historian, U.S. House of Representatives)
It is very rare to be able to see through the experience of a prime actor the inner workings of a transformative change in any branch of the federal government. This account by Scot Faulkner is extraordinary – clear in its analysis, candid in its criticism, imaginative in its prescriptions. He lays out in detail the means by which the ego-driven self interests have long prevented both parties from serving the national interests. He shines a bright light of facts and reason on the secreted closets and hidden halls of the House of Representatives. He describes the key personalities and how their unrestrained avarice and libidos brought down the Republican leadership, including two successive Speakers, and led the party of fiscal conservatism to abandon their principles and to adopt the greatest spending spree in American history. Faulkner writes superbly well and for anyone interested in the reality of the American legislative process this is a must read. (Dr. George B. Weathersby, former president and CEO, American Management Association)
The book also provides helpful lessons about the best and worst ways to manage a large organization, especially one populated by people who are especially adept at playing politics. (The Washington Times
is notable not only for its reforming earnestness but for its candor. Mr. Faulkner does not hesitate to show government service in all its gritty unpleasantness and daily frustration. To his credit, though, he emerged from the experience a wiser man but not a cynical one. He still believes that government should be run more like a business ― and can be. (The Wall Street Journal
shows us the reality behind the rhetoric. While politicians want us to believe they are focused on public policy, Mr. Faulkner documents that they are, in fact, obsessively pursuing personal perks and power. The book is a wake-up call for Americans to reclaim their government. (Ron Maxwell, director of Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, and Copperhead)
About the Author
Scot M. Faulkner
was the first chief administrative officer of the U.S. House of Representatives. The business reforms he and his team introduced into the U.S. House saved $148 million, became a model for the operation of forty-four national parliaments worldwide, and were named one of the "Top 100 Innovations in American Government" by Harvard University and the Ford Foundation. He is currently senior partner for global operations with Phoenix Consulting Associates.