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DC Confidential: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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“This is an alarming book, and indeed we should be alarmed.”
―Governor Howard Dean
“This book should be required reading for anyone who believes it’s still possible to reform our failing public institutions and put the federal government back to work for the American people.”
―Senator Mike Lee
“Who is responsible for broken government? Not the people who run it. David Schoenbrod vividly explains how Washington mutated from Democratic accountability to no accountability at all. DC Confidential will make you want to grab your pitchforks. This system can’t be fixed. It must be rebuilt to honor the first principle of the American republic: human responsibility.”
―Philip K. Howard
Author of the New York Times best seller The Death of Common Sense and The Rule of Nobody
Founder, Common Good
“Otto von Bismarck once said, ‘Never watch laws or sausages being made.’ It is true that lawmaking is, and always has been, a messy and at times stomach-turning process. But that does not mean it has to be too dysfunctional to solve a society’s major problems. David Schoenbrod takes us inside the sausage factory of Washington, pointing out with precision the five key ways problem solving is distorted to meet the needs of politicians and insiders. Most importantly, he offers some practical ideas to clean up the process and make it work better for all.”
―Norman J. Ornstein
Coauthor of the New York Times best seller It’s Even Worse than It Looks
Resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute
“I’m certain Humphrey would be delighted with your book. As am I.”
―John G. Stewart, legislative director to Senator (D-MN) and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey (1962–1969)
About the Author
Schoenbrod has frequently contributed to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other newspapers and periodicals. His books include Power without Responsibility, Democracy by Decree, Saving Our Environment from Washington, and Breaking the Logjam. He has a graduate degree in economics from Oxford (which he attended as a Marshall Scholar) and a law degree from Yale.
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