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by John M. Barry


i think this is a well-known phrase, in web 3r. lk The result is a uniquely intimate look at the way the Washington. Barry reveals how Wright expanded the Speaker's role and attempted to change the institutional balance between Congress and the White House.

John Barry did an excellent job of chronicling the fall of Jim Wright

John Barry did an excellent job of chronicling the fall of Jim Wright. One cannot help but draw comparisons to what is going on in current Congress and wonder if John Boenher will wind up in the same boat. The result is an absolutely brilliant study of how power works in Washington, inside the Congress, between the Congress and the White House, the media.

statements on the speakership of Jim Wright seem a bit overwrought since the 100th Congress is remembered for not all that much actually. i get that he's driving home the book's themes, but it's a bit repetitive after a while. moreover, with the benefit of hindsight, some. If you want to understand the polarization of today's Congress, this where to start.

John M. Barry (b. 1947) is an American author and historian who has written books on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the . His first book, The Ambition and the Power: A true story of Washington, appeared in 1989 and explored the operation of the . 1947) is an American author and historian who has written books on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the influenza pandemic of 1918, and the development of the modern form of the ideas of separation of church and state and individual liberty. He is Distinguished Scholar and adjunct faculty at Tulane University. Congress, the use of power by Speaker of the House Jim Wright, and the rise of future Speaker Newt Gingrich. In 1995 the New York Times named it one of the eleven best books ever written on Congress and Washington.

An amazing read of the rise of Newt Gingrich and the fall of Speaker Wright

It reveals more of the inner workings of the House of Representatives than any other single source. A must read for anyone who wants to understand how the House works, and at the same time how Speaker Jim Wright lost the speakership. An amazing read of the rise of Newt Gingrich and the fall of Speaker Wright. If you want a behind the scenes look at leadership and power in the US House - you must read this book. It basically follows how Newt dogged Speaker Wright and pushed him out the door with questionable tactics.

Johns Hopkins University. Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 August 2014.

the book is phenomenal) I concluded that no sane and honorable person should seek election. On the one hand, it recounts in excruciating detail the degree to which then Speaker of the House Jim Wright had to be constantly on the go to collect ( raise ) funds for his future campaigns (every two years), while also illuminating the pathologies of House leadership processes. Barry, a writer in New Orleans, is author of several books, including The Ambition and the Power: A True Story of Washington (1989), from which parts of this article are adapted. Jim Wright, who died Wednesday at the age of 92, served as speaker of the House for just one full Congress and five months, from January 6, 1987, to June 6, 1989. Yet this brief reign marked a major watershed in American politics in both substance and style

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Profiles the man whose thirty-five-year congressional career ended ignominiously in the spring of 1989
Anarasida
I read this book when it first came out and time has done nothing to dim my memory. John Barry did an excellent job of chronicling the fall of Jim Wright. One cannot help but draw comparisons to what is going on in current Congress and wonder if John Boenher will wind up in the same boat. Wright's downfall was brought about by an unscrupulous fellow congressman (Newt Gingrich) who mislead the 'facts' against Wright and was aided by fellow members on the Ethics Committee who were led around by a power-hungry, glory seeking investigator. Ultimately though, Wright was his own worst enemy in trying to push an agenda that rivaled that of then-President Reagan. While no fan of Reagan, it was clear Wright stepped across the line in promoting his own agenda, especially with the Contras. Congress does not have to agree with a President's policy and has the right, and constitutional duty to confer or reject such policies. But put an alternative up? Definitely crossing the constitutional line, much as what is happening today. Makes one remember that old saying, "The more things change the more they remain the same." Wright was felled, Gingrich later brought down by his own ethics conflict and those who made a name for themselves in this whole episode have moved on. Mr. Boehner watch out, you are next
Excellent book on the inner workings of Congress, especially within the power structure of the then-Democratic majority in the House. Definitely worth reading.
LivingCross
For all the thousands of politics books out there today, it is hard to understand why this book has gone out of print and is so hard to find. This is probably because Jim Wright's tenure as Speaker of the House was so brief and he came between more outsize personalities Tip O'Neil and Newt Gingrich.

That's unfortunate, because this is the best book I've read on the true inner workings of Congress. Jim Wright was a hard personality and not the warm and fuzzy type, but he was toppled probably because he was too effective and too driven, and when Republicans ganged up on him, he did not have the support of his squeamish caucus.

In the end, the operation of Congress and congressional leadership pivots on delicately handling the enormous egos of Members, and John Barry's book does an incredible job teasing that out by chronicling Wright's brief, but nonetheless fascinating two-year run in the Speaker's rostrum. If you're a politics junkie, get your hands on a cheap copy of the book and you'll plow through it in a week or two. Well worth your time.
Uickabrod
Long (760 pages), slow, and sordid might sound like a back-handed title for a five-star review. Since the book is out of print, and only one used copy is available, it hardly matters. Nevertheless I want to congratulate John M. Barry for researching and writing the most detailed and accurate description I've ever read of how Congress and the American political system functions. It doesn't build confidence, but it's knowledge that all citizens should confront before they toot and vote. Partisans, don't worry! The portrayal of Demublicans is no more wart-free than that of Republirats. If you believe, as my American Grandfather did, that the electoral process usually sends people of above-average ability and character to Washington, you'd better not read this book lest you become morose and disillusioned.
Barry's more recent books, Rising Tide & The Great Influenza, are a good deal more readable for intellectual recreation -- excellent books, in fact -- but this is his masterpiece of reportage.
Shazel
An amazing read of the rise of Newt Gingrich and the fall of Speaker Wright. If you want a behind the scenes look at leadership and power in the US House - you must read this book. It basically follows how Newt dogged Speaker Wright and pushed him out the door with questionable tactics. Ironic that as Speaker himself, Newt had a lot of trouble with a book deal. Cannot recommend more highly.
Xaluenk
Barry, who wrote for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications, was allowed unbelievable access to former Speaker of the House Jim Wright's private meetings, and also got cooperation from then-back bencher Gingrich and others of Wright's enemies. The result is an absolutely brilliant study of how power works in Washington, inside the Congress, between the Congress and the White House, the media. Well-written and provocative, this book will give you an understanding of Washington like nothing else I have ever read. Ever since it came out (in 1989), I have been waiting for Edmund Morris's Reagan biography to get the other side of the story. If only Morris had done what Barry did. But Morris failed. Barry didn't.
Felhann
This book is incredible in depth of research, interviews with key players in the House of Representatives, a balanced approached, and analysis. It reveals more of the inner workings of the House of Representatives than any other single source. A must read for anyone who wants to understand how the House works, and at the same time how Speaker Jim Wright lost the speakership.
The Ambition and the Power: The Fall of Jim Wright : A True Story of Washington ebook
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John M. Barry
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