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The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    A Must Read

    Mr. Shapiro has written a hard-to-put-down book on a time in American politics when opponents were not sworn enemies and policy disagreements did not have to be fought to the death. We are all seeing first hand what the inability to compromise across the aisle has created -- a government that hardly functions, where partisian politics trumps policy and members of both House and Senate do not base votes on whether a measure is good for the country, but on pure party (or personal) politics. It was good to revisit a time when government actually worked and issues were judged on their merits.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Highlly recommended for those from the 60's generation.

    For those of us who lived through this period, and are bothered by the ineffective government we have today, this is an outstanding book describing how people of talent can accomplish great things.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012


    Mr. Shapiro's most enlightening and enjoyable book is written from the perspective of someone who actually experienced the inner workings of the Senate first hand. From the people who served to the presidents they served under, Shapiro brings the characters to life and makes the reader feel like they were actually there to witness events themselves. I had forgotten many of these legendary senators, or underestimated their contributions. Tom Brokaw's book, The Greatest Generation, captured the spirit of those who survived The Great Depression and World War II. Mr. Shapiro's book encompasses the best about this generation of Senators and the important work they accomplished that still impacts our lives today. The Senate actually used to be great! The book demonstrates the way things used to work, allowing the reader to observe what has changed, and how we reached the partisan paralysis that exists today. This should be required reading for every U.S Senator and Congressman today. I highly recommend this book.

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