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Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power

by John Harwood and Gerald Seib

Published by Random House


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Prizewinning journalists John Harwood and Gerald F. Seib show how today's Washington power game really works, through stories of people who are making a difference on Pennsylvania Avenue. These new power brokers, some of whom are rarely seen and are largely unknown, have figured out how to make their voices heard, and how to get things done, amid the complexities of today's gridlocked Washington. With unprecedented access to capital insiders, and with deep insight into the unspoken rules of the political road, Harwood and Seib explain why progress is so difficult and illuminate what it takes to succeed in the high-stakes game of governing.

Through stories of party strategists, moneymen, policy-makers, fixers, socialites, lobbyists, spinners, dealmakers, and more, Harwood and Seib explore the great political transformations that have altered the relationship between Americans and their government. They showcase such master players as Ken Duberstein (the Fixer), a onetime aide to President Ronald Reagan turned superlobbyist, whose contacts and insider knowledge help clients sidestep Avenue jam-ups; Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein (the Businessman), a new breed of power broker who pioneered the age of "big money" in Washington; Rahm Emanuel (the Democratic Strategist), whose aggressive fund raising and crisis-room campaign enabled the Democrats to retake Congress in 2006; and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (the Rising Star), a first-term Democratic representative from Florida whose meteoric ascent in the House has earned her influential allies as well as critics.

Inspiring and wonderfully written, Pennsylvania Avenue shows how our government really functions, and the insiders who make things happen.


pub date: 2008-05-13 | hardcover | 9781400065547