There is too much personal, normative commentary with too few citations backing up the information that Gould is using.
A serious scholar would discuss this tension over government's involvement in the economy and show how it impacted (or did not impact) the Senate.
You will hear very little of the minor players, which, once again, some more pages to flesh these characters out would have been nice.
A masterful work through the US senate in the 20th century. The inner workings and large personalities are fascinating. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jason Bowsza
I never received this book after waiting 30 days on it. I got an empty manila folder that had been slit open with nothing inside. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Angela H. Dickens
Wikipedia has made these kinds of books irrelevant. Gould writes a work based on secondary sources -- no interviews -- that hardly looks deeply at anything.Published on May 30, 2011 by J. Smallridge
I came into this book with high hopes. Gould takes a tough and incredibly underdeveloped subject, the formation of the modern senate as an institution, and engages it with gusto. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by J. Caplan
a few things I think would be helpful before you pick up this book -
1. "History of Modern US Senate" basically means from 1900 (about the time that direct senator... Read more
The Most Exclusive Club is one of those books for which a review should be written only to alert readers NOT to read the book. Read morePublished on January 29, 2006 by Adam Burke