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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2010
Bill LaForge has written a highly accessible guide to demystifying and mastering the art of the Congressional hearing. Mr. LaForge is a highly respected Washington lobbyist and teacher of the craft of public policy. He brings more than three decades of experience -- as a government official, Senate appropriations committee staff director and a Washington lawyer/lobbyist -- to write one of the best books of its kind. The text is an authoritative reference work for use by witnesses preparing to enter the lion's den on Capitol Hill, as well as those counseling and preparing a witness to testify before a Congressional committee or subcommittee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2010
I'd just received my copy of Testifying Before Congress when I'd gotten the call to come before a Senate committee to testify for a bill of great importance to me. It was such a relief to open the book up and find everything I needed. Mr. LaForge's practical, no-nonsense approach, enhanced with real life examples and a tad of humor, made it an easy read and helped to make my experience not just successful, but also fun. Thanks to the author for bringing us this great resource. I am keeping it within reach from now on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2010
Testifying Before Congress is a step-by-step, practical guide to successfully guiding witnesses through the thicket of congressional investigations and hearings. Mr. LaForge is a well respected attorney and public policy professional who has worked on Capitol Hill and in public policy for many years. His book reflects the many valuable lessons he has learned from his extensive "real world" experience. The book is well organized, logically progressing from a description of the context of congressional hearings to the preparation of written and oral witness testimony, the conduct of the hearing, the response to committee questions, and the post-hearing follow-up. The chapter on the presentation and delivery of oral testimony, utilizing as examples the actual congressional testimony by well known public figures, is superb. Particularly useful for practitioners is the Appendix, which contains samples of congressional committee written testimony and transcripts of congressional committee hearing oral testimony. The structure, organization, and "road map" approach makes the book an "easy read." Mr. LaForge's thoughtful, precisely written, and practical treatise on the congressional investigation and hearing process is an invaluable resource for all "stakeholders" in the congressional hearing and public policy-making process - Members of Congress, staff, administration officials, associations, corporations, military service branches, non-governmental organizations, and the public. The book is a "must-read" for government relations professionals and attorneys representing congressional hearing witnesses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
To be sure, Mr. LaForge's book is a valuable desk reference for anyone who prepares to testify before Congress, and the book should be included in every law library. Sprinkled with the humor that can only be the unedited truth, LaForge has writen a consummate guide to what can be an overwhelming process.

For those laymen among us, who are not fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to perch in that Congressional hot seat, Testifying Before Congress is the political science equivalent to Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Testifying Before Congress but Were Too Clueless to Ask.

Very few of us realize the intricacies of this valuable part of our democratic process, and LaForge's book is a perfect accompaniment to a government or a political science class. The appendix, asking and answering questions about testifying before Congress, is a must for teachers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2010
This book, Testifying Before Congress, is an invaluable resource for anyone who faces the prospect of testifying in a Congressional hearing - particularly in today's highly partisan atmosphere wherein political points are often attempted at the expense of the witness and relevant testimony.

I cannot imagine anyone, and particularly those who serve and answer to public stakeholders, even considering sitting in the hot seat without having gained the invaluable counsel shared in this comprehensive work.

Kudos to Mr. LaForge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2010
As a community banker, I have had the honor & privilege to serve our trade association in Washington, D.C. in an effort to seek reform and better legislation for the industry. Although I have not been asked to testify before congress, I often fear the possibility. However, with this book by Bill LaForge, those fears are relieved. It is a fantastic work and aid to assist anyone with the task before them. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
I purchased Mr. LaForge's book and have found it to be tremendously helpful. This guide is invaluable in preparing to testify before any official body, not just the U.S. Congress. For example, I recently used it as a resource as I was preparing a client to testify before a committee of the Institute of Medicine.
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