"This first-rate comprehensive study is likely to set the standard for historical scholarship on the US Senate. Chock-full of fascinating stores from insiders' perspectives, The American Senate
is entertaining and engaging. The American Senate
is a must read for any serious historian or political scientist, yet still accessible to the general public. Highly recommended." --CHOICE
"Whether discussing money and elections, campaign reform, the origins of the filibuster, the Senate's investigatory power or its role in ratifying treaties or debating the great issues of the day, the authors pack the narrative with wide-ranging information and anecdotes."
"An excellent choice for history buffs and political scientists." --Library Journal
"A multidimensional study of the history, traditions and culture of the United States Senate... Whether discussing money and elections, campaign reform, the origins of the filibuster, the Senate's investigatory power or its role in ratifying treaties or debating the great issues of the day, the authors pack the narrative with wide-ranging information and anecdotes. A useful, engaging primer for anyone wishing to understand the politics, precedent and procedures that have shaped the Senate."--Kirkus Reviews
"The American Senate
should be required reading for anyone new to the chamber: interns, staffers, even senators. There's unlikely to be another single volume quite as comprehensive anytime soon, a fact that can probably be attributed to the authors."
"[A] thoroughly researched book by two veteran Senate observers . . . Baker has done a superb job of combining his deep knowledge of the Senate with that of McNeil, to complete it and illuminate the evolution of the upper chamber of Congress through the efforts of the more than 1,900 people who have served." --The Hill
About the Author
, a founding member of the PBS program Washington Week,
first began to cover the Senate in 1949, and served as Time
magazine's chief congressional correspondent for thirty years. He was also the author of Forge of Democracy: The House of Representatives
and Dirksen: Portrait of a Public Man.
He died in 2008, as this work was nearing completion. Richard A. Baker
was appointed the Senate's first official historian, a post he held from 1975 until his retirement in 2009. He produced a number of historical narratives, including 200 Notable Days: Senate Stories, 1787 to 2002
and Traditions of the United States Senate
, and assisted Robert C. Byrd with The Senate, 1789-1989.