"'Innocent Until Nominated' is that relatively rare animal: a coherent, useful, and topical edited volume.... Almost anyone interested in the US government would find something of value here: the essays are unusually well written, clear, and free of jargon." J. Heyrman, Berea College, Choice, 6/1/2002
"'Innocent Until Nominated' is a close, no-nonsense look at the pit-fall-filled, red-tape crisscrossed and generally insane means by which a president chooses top management positions in the executive branch of government.... A truly fascinating study of a tormented political process by exceptionally knowledgeable contributors, 'Innocent Until Nominated' is strongly recommended reading for students of American political science seeking a better understanding of the political dynamics embedded in the presidential nominations and senatorial confirmation processes." Wisconsin Bookwatch, 3/1/2002
"The strength of this book lies in its thorough and thoughtful examination of the price that we, the taxpayers, pay for such a messy and complicated process.... This is an engaging, enjoyable, and readable book revealing the hazards of the presidential appointment process." Anthony J. Nownes, Forum for Applied Research & Public Policy (FFAR), 7/1/2002
"A highly readable and accessible overview. For those looking for new ideas and insights, a number of chapters are quite successful.... exactly what we need to move beyond polemical critiques of the confirmation process and toward a better understanding of what has caused the current state of affairs." Marissa Martino Golden, Bryn Mawr College, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 9/1/2002
About the Author
G. Calvin Mackenzie is the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government at Colby College and an adviser to the Brookings Presidential Appointee Initiative. He is the editor of Innocent until Nominated: The Breakdown of the Presidential Appointments Process (Brookings, 2001).