A blow-by-blow account of the "Republican Revolution" in Congress, which collapsed after little more than a year, this feast for political insiders includes moments both absurd (Newt Gingrich
confessing to White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta that "I melt when I am around" President Clinton) and critical. (Gingrich's realization, at the start of 1996, that "He had grievously miscalculated his opposition and strategically botched the most important political battle of his speakership.") As an insider's analysis of what went wrong with the largest rightward tilt in the U.S. Congress in this century, Maraniss and Weisskopf's book is indispensable.
Stephen E. Ambrose bestselling author of D-Day and Undaunted Courage
Politicians put on the best show in town -- and here they are with all their hypocrisy and idealism, self-service and public service, stupidity and sense, high drama and low skulduggery. It makes for wonderful reading.
David Broder This is a wonderful look inside the revolution. It is a vivid portrait of the ups and downs, ins and outs, of Newt Gingrich and the gang.