From the book jacket: "'Congressional Quarterly's Guide to Congress, 3rd Edition' is a basic and comprehensive reference on the origins, history, powers and procedures of the federal legislative branch."
The following are selected Reference and Adult Non-Fiction books in the HMCPL catalog dealing with the United States Congress.
These selections relate the emergence and ultimate dissolution of the first American party system in the nearly forty years between the establishment of the federal government and the election of Andrew Jackson to the Presidency.
Volume II: 1828-1890 By F.A. Bonadio
The articles in this volume prove that the major political changes that make the nineteenth century so important in the history of American democracy can be found in the party politics of this period.
From the book jacket: "In 'Do Not Ask What Good We Do', Robert Draper captures the prophetic sentiment uttered by Fisher Ames over two centuries ago. As he did in writing about President George W. Bush in 'Dead Certain', Draper provides an insider's book like no one else can--this time, inside the U.S. House of Representatives. Because of the bitterly divided political atmosphere we live in, because of the combative nature of this Congress, this literary window on the backstage machinations of the House is both captivating and timely--revealing the House in full, from the process of how laws are made (and in this case, not made) to the most eye-popping cast of lawmakers Washington has ever seen."
From Amazon.com: "The Senate was originally conceived by the Founding Fathers as an anti-democratic counterweight to the more volatile House of Representatives, but in the twentieth century it has often acted as an impediment to needed reforms. A hundred years ago, senators were still chosen by state legislatures, rather than by direct elections. Now, in the wake of the 2004 elections, and the consolidation of Republican control, the Senate is likely to become a crucible of power shifts that will have enormous impact on American politics in the twenty-first century. In The Most Exclusive Club, acclaimed political historian Lewis Gould puts the debates about the Senate's future into the context of its history from the Progressive Era to the war in Iraq. From charges of corruption to the occasional attempt at reform, Gould highlights the major players, issues, and debates (including the League of Nations, the McCarthy hearings, and the Iran-Contra affair) that have shaped the institution. Beyond the usual outsized figures such as Lyndon Johnson, Strom Thurmond, and Barry Goldwater, Gould also tells the story of the lesser-known Senate leaders who have played a vital role in America's upper house. Filled with colorful anecdotes, this is a long-awaited history of one of the most powerful political bodies in the world, written by a master. Gould's sweeping narrative combines deft storytelling with a fresh look at the crucible of contemporary political debate and decision-making."