"I have greatly enjoyed reading The Laws That Shaped America, a fast-moving narrative, with colorfully drawn settings and nuanced descriptions of major players. Dennis Johnson addresses major themes fundamental to lawmaking and representative democracy while effectively illustrating the inherent frustration, sluggishness, complexity, and unpredictability of the legislative process. He has brilliantly mastered a vast amount of source material with proper tone, balance, and emphasis. I learned a great deal from this book."
―Richard Baker, author of The Senate of the United States: A Bicentennial History
“Dennis Johnson has produced a masterly account of America’s landmark acts of Congress, which will be of interest to anyone interested in history and politics for years to come. It is both highly readable and exhaustive in its research. I highly recommend this book.”
― Robert B. Dove, Parliamentarian Emeritus of the United States Senate
About the Author
Dennis W. Johnson is professor and former associate dean of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, Washington, D.C. He is the author of Congress Online: Bridging the Gap between Citizens and their Representatives (Routledge, 2004) and No Place for Amateurs: How Political Consultants are Reshaping American Democracy (Second edition, Routledge, 2007).