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A thoughtful, inspiring, personal look at the U.S. Senate,
This review is from: The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis (Hardcover)
A wonderful book. This volume reminds us of what was and what could yet be: a Senate where leaders of both parties regularly put the national interest ahead of partisanship and personal ambition. Shapiro's account is insightful and serious but also intensely personal. Drawing on his own Senate experience, he tells us how the great men of the Senate -- and they were at that point virtually all men -- actually did their jobs and interacted with each other on a day-to-day basis. The description of the Senators' relationship with the often inept and stumbling President Carter is particularly fascinating. The book is both entertaining and good political history, and leaves us wistful for a time when the Senate was focused more on the good of the country than the purity of ideology and party. Highly recommended.