- Series: Almanac of American Politics
- Paperback: 1632 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press (August 3, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812931947
- ISBN-13: 978-0812931945
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,495,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Almanac of American Politics 2000, published by the National Journal Group (which also publishes the weekly political newsmagazine National Journal), is a must-have for every political junkie. Its 1,856 pages are filled with information about the 50 governors of the United States and every member of Congress--including their committee assignments, by what percentage of the vote they won their seats, and how much money they spent doing it. Organized alphabetically by state, the book examines all 435 congressional districts, including their population, racial makeup, median income, and median house value, but one of its most prominent features is its quirky descriptions of each district's history. You'll learn in these pages, for example, that Pez candy is made in Orange, Connecticut, and that one of Wisconsin's districts is inhabited by more cows than people.
For this 15th edition, political handicapper Charlie Cook offers assessments of all of the House, Senate, and gubernatorial contests taking place in 2000. The almanac's purchasers also gain free, unlimited access to a proprietary Web site that will provide updates on key congressional votes and primary and special elections. --Linda Killian
"Indispensable . . . this compendium of statistics and information has gone as far as humanly possible." --The Washington Post
"Michael Barone is to politics what statistician-writer Bill James is to baseball, a mix of histo-
rian, social observer, and numbers cruncher who illuminates his subject with perspective and a touch of irreverence." -- Chicago Tribune
"The ultimate guide for political junkies like you and me." --Tim Russert, Meet the Press
"None of us could live without it."
--Cokie Roberts, ABC News
"That Washington bible, packed with detail about national and state politics . . . is a legendary standby." --The Economist
"The single best reference there is for Congress and Washington specifically and the country generally." --Jim Lehrer, The NewsHour
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As always, the observations regarding the representatives and senators and their states and districts are outstanding. The insight and understanding of both politics and policy exhibited by Barone is inspiring to all those who are fascinated by the electoral process.
The addition of Cook's impression of each district and his handicapping of upcoming races provides some additional insight but is a bit terse in most cases and provides little more than Barone's predictions within member profiles included in previous almanacs.
That said, this is clearly an improvement on the 1996 and 1998 versions, which seemed to go overboard in defending the new GOP majority.
Also, it provides political insight and backround on each state and congressional district itself. As I said, its a must read.
Unfortunately I have grown tired of the author's personal opinions filtering into the text. Such bias has grown with each edition to the point that it is virtually impossible not to question the figures the books quotes out of concern that they are merely there to further the author's agenda and personal political viewpoints. This is a shame, as it has ruined a good series.