Top 10 Books About Congress and Politics Now

Now more than ever is it important to keep up on the history and multiple perspectives on politics throughout history. The following is a compilation of books surrounding the function of Congress and thought leaders who have a bold and interesting perspective on politics that are still applicable today.


1) United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good by Cory Booker

The author, Cory Booker gives his own perspective on our nation pulling from his experience in politics. He grounds his views in principles of compassion and solidarity. Booker draws on themes of hope and embracing commonalities as people.

2) Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government  by Christopher Achen

This book gives a wealth of social-scientific evidence regarding politics of abortion ideals and budget deficits throughout history. The author, Christopher Achen gives a new alternative perspective grounded in the nature of democratic citizens. It takes on the view that most voters choose parties and candidates based on social identities and less about political issues.

3) Congress from the Inside: Observations from the Majority and the Minority by Sherrod Brown

4) Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy Has Failed by Sherrod Brown

5) Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken

This author has been studying rhetoric of the conservative, right-wing culture for quite awhile. Franken studied the Republican party’s beliefs of constant “slander” and “bias” of them in the media. He dived into the heart of it all and watched countless hours of Fox News for pure research. It is a provocative read to give an interesting perspective of the GOP in media.

6) The Imprint of Congress by David Mayhew

7) Divided We Govern: Party Control, Lawmaking, and Investigations, 1946-2002 (2nd Edition) by David Mayhew

David Mayhew is a well-respected political scientist that debunks that breaks down common misconceptions of American government functions. Mayhew delves into how he believes that government functions effectively when one political party controls both the majority of Congress and the presidency simultaneously.

8) Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

Drury gives readers a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of work, that has been dubbed one of the high points of 20th Century literature. It jumps directly into the tale of corruption and ambition cuts across the political climate of Washington, DC that only someone on the inside could convey to outsiders. Drury breaks down the function of the battleground called the United States Senate. Advise and Consent is a novel that is an epic presentation of the inner workings of the minds of statesmen, opportunists, and idealist.

9) The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple

10) Billionaire Democracy: The Hijacking of the American Political System by George Tyler

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