January 21st, 2018
Home | Log in! or Register

On Top Shelf
Fresh Fiction
Fresh Pick

Reviewer Application

Readers & 'ritas

New Year, New Books to love in January

Slideshow image

Since your web browser does not support JavaScript, here is a non-JavaScript version of the image slideshow:

slideshow image
Someone in London is cooking up murder

slideshow image
How much would you risk to turn your life around?

slideshow image
RT TOP PICK! What if your prime suspects in a hefty art theft are two men you simply can't resist?

slideshow image
In Nashville the music is louder, the dreams are bigger, and love can bring a cowboy to his knees.

slideshow image
A broken promise, a terrifying legacy


Add to Wish List

Also by Thomas E. Mann:

It's Even Worse Than It Looks, September 2013
Paperback (reprint)
It's Even Worse Than It Looks, May 2012
The Broken Branch, August 2006
Party Lines, November 2005
Trade Size

Also by Norman J. Ornstein:

It's Even Worse Than It Looks, September 2013
Paperback (reprint)
It's Even Worse Than It Looks, May 2012
The Broken Branch, August 2006

The Broken Branch
Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein

How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track

Oxford University Press
August 2006
288 pages
ISBN: 0195174461
Add to Wish List

Non-Fiction | Non-Fiction Political

Congress is the first branch of government in the American system, write Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, but now it is a broken branch, damaged by partisan bickering and internal rancor. The Broken Branch offers both a brilliant diagnosis of the cause of Congressional decline and a much-needed blueprint for change, from two experts who understand politics and revere our institutions, but believe that Congress has become deeply dysfunctional.

Mann and Ornstein, two of the nations most renowned and judicious scholars of government and politics, bring to light the historical roots of Congresss current maladies, examining 40 years of uninterrupted Democratic control of the House and the stunning midterm election victory of 1994 that propelled Republicans into the majority in both House and Senate. The byproduct of that long and grueling but ultimately successful Republican campaign, the authors reveal, was a weakened institution bitterly divided between the parties. They highlight the dramatic shift in Congress from a highly decentralized, committee-based institution into a much more regimented one in which party increasingly trumps committee. The resultant changes in the policy process--the demise of regular order, the decline of deliberation, and the weakening of our system of checks and balances--have all compromised the role of Congress in the American Constitutional system. Indeed, Speaker Dennis Hastert has unabashedly stated that his primary responsibility is to pass the president's legislative program--identifying himself more as a lieutenant of the president than a steward of the house. From tax cuts to the war against Saddam Hussein to a Medicare prescription drug benefit, the legislative process has been bent to serve immediate presidential interests and have often resulted in poorly crafted and stealthily passed laws. Strong majority leadership in Congress, the authors conclude, led not to a vigorous exertion of congressional authority but to a general passivity in the face of executive power.

A vivid portrait of an institution that has fallen far from the aspirations of our Founding Fathers, The Broken Branch highlights the costs of a malfunctioning Congress to national policymaking, and outlines what must be done to repair the damage.

Media Buzz

Diane Rehm Show - NPR - February 14, 2012
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - November 22, 2011
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - September 20, 2011
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - August 10, 2011
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - July 27, 2011
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - February 28, 2011
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - December 14, 2010
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - October 25, 2010
On Point - September 7, 2010
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - March 15, 2010
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - January 4, 2010
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - November 2, 2009
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - September 10, 2009
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - January 8, 2009
Lou Dobbs Tonight - November 12, 2008
Lou Dobbs Tonight - August 21, 2008
Lou Dobbs Tonight - March 13, 2008
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - December 11, 2007
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - June 12, 2007
Anderson Cooper 360 - January 4, 2007
All Things Considered - January 4, 2007
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - November 14, 2006
Lou Dobbs Tonight - November 9, 2006
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - October 19, 2006
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - October 5, 2006
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - September 5, 2006
Good Morning America - September 4, 2006
Lou Dobbs Tonight - August 29, 2006
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - July 14, 2006
Charlie Rose - June 30, 2006


No comments posted.

Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!

© 2003-2018 off-the-edge.net
all rights reserved

Google+ Google+