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Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Informative Reading

    The book is very informative as to the multitude of ways that politicians bypass any law and engage in corrupt practices that either enrich their campaign coffers or their own personal wealth. This practice is not an isolated event here and there, it is a well organized and pervasive practice that truly shows that we have the best politicians that money can buy!

    There is an undercurrent of Abramoff justifying his own personal actions, but that is to be expected in an autobiography. If you take that with a big grain of salt, the balance of the story is certainly informative.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    True Insider

    It seems every political season one sacrificial lamb is taken to prove that corruption is not tolerated in our political system. Not too long ago, Jack Abramoff became was pointed out as that bad apple and was sent away for his crimes.
    What were his crimes? According to Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America¿s Most Notorious Lobbyist, it was to play really tough hard ball within the realms of no nonsense knuckle world of hard ball politics.
    Jack Abramoff does not claim to be a saint and is remorseful for his actions but his blow by blow account is an intriguing inside the beltway tale of how Washington works.
    Money is the milk of politics and Abramoff knew how to move it around and influence what came out of Washington. What is more surprising is that his actions were not conducted in back dark alleys but out in the open in posh fancy restaurants and resorts.
    Abramoff got the political bug early and became one of the best at a time when the conservative movement was on the rise. Not all were wooed by his boyish charm. He shares a story of the frustration with at the time Speaker Newt and how he could simply not pin him down.
    In the end he does make some antidotal calls for reform but Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America¿s Most Notorious Lobbyist is a fascinating behind the scenes tour of the art of getting things done in one of the most toughest arenas around. This book also makes you realize that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Besides Jack Abramoff is not a bad game, he just got caught up in doing what it takes to win. Now his words will serve as a call that we the people need to hold our elected class to a higher standard.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Shocking Dirt!!

    This tells what the inside of the Washington cesspool looks like.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Fairly quick read

    Regardless of how you feel about Jack... the hard ball politics that I read about herein convince me that term limits, campaign financing, and political gifting all need to be re-built from the ground up.

    Of course, after you read this, you'll be less than comfortable that anyone in the beltway would actually do it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Nice inside baseball account

    But not a broad indictment of Washington corruption. Read it for an inside view. Don't expect great contrition, or an encompassing overview. He is sincere though.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Triad

    A combination of Jack Abramoff, NA Indian casinos and members of Congress make the perfect triad until greed creates a discord between the groups ending their perfect harmony.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    A New Grimm Fairy Tale

    Imagine your favorite fairy tale. Now replace the hero's name with "Jack Abramoff". Contribute the money you would have spent on this farcical tale to your favorite charity.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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