Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders into Insiders

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Tom A. Coburn, a congressional maverick who kept his promise to serve three terms and then leave Washington, offers a candid look at the inner workings of Congress - why the system changes politicians instead of vice versa. Breach of Trust shows listeners, through shocking behind-the-scenes stories, why Washington resists the reform our country desperately needs and how they can make wise, informed decisions about current and future political issues and candidates. This honest and critical look at "business as ...

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Overview

Tom A. Coburn, a congressional maverick who kept his promise to serve three terms and then leave Washington, offers a candid look at the inner workings of Congress - why the system changes politicians instead of vice versa. Breach of Trust shows listeners, through shocking behind-the-scenes stories, why Washington resists the reform our country desperately needs and how they can make wise, informed decisions about current and future political issues and candidates. This honest and critical look at "business as usual" in Congress reveals how and why elected representatives are quickly seduced into becoming career politicians who won't push for change. Along the way, Coburn offers listeners realistic ideas for how to make a difference.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781593352325
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 6/10/2004
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom A. Coburn, former Republican U.S. Congressman for Oklahoma, is a family medicine and obstetrics physician who maintained his medical practice and delivered more than 400 babies during his tenure in Congress. President George W. Bush selected Dr. Coburn to co-chair the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Coburn and his wife, Carolyn, have three children. They live in Oklahoma.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Excellent book for any concerned citizen

    Breach of Trust is a terrific book that discusses Tom Coburn's expierience in Congress and sheds light on how politicians really act behind closed doors. Coburn advocates term limits for members of Congress and exposes how they spend huge sums of money and get away with it. This book will make you want to throw just about every member of Congress out of office. Coburn often repeats himself throughout the book, but overall it's a worthwhile read. I can't wait to see what Coburn does in Senate in the upcoming session!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Very enlightening book on fiscal conservatism and with what happened to the the "1994 Revolution"

    I very enjoyed reading Sen Coburn's thoughts about the role of government, why federal spending has increased so much, and how politicians are tempted to change over several terms of office. I thought his personal insights into how the 1994 Contract with America and the success of that election got derailed were very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    if you really want to know how Washington DC works behind closed doors READ THIS!

    After reading this book, I became more upset at the way politicians act behind closed doors, and have no sense of spending limits or value for anything. Dr. Tom Coburn describes his six years in Congress and how both sides play the pork game, no term limitation, and just don't believe in anything but remaining in their elected positions. It's a must read, it WILL open your eyes as to what really happens behind closed doors in D.C., and not in front of the cameras!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    A MUST READ FOR ALL AMERICANS!!

    I don't consider myself to be a naive person, but this book was very eye opening! I follow politics very closely and this book shocked me. It is very fair in its criticism of both the left and the right. The book is not only about the negative. Dr. Coburn also offers ideas on the future of Social Security, term limits, and many other topics. The budget details can get a little in depth, but overall its a great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Confirmation for the jaded

    Leaving aside the reader's personal opinion of Coburn's politics, this book confirms the jaded view many have of Congress, where the best intentions go to die in a frenzy of pork-barrel spending, self-important posturing, and hobnobbing with lobbyists. Let's hope Coburn's recent election to the Senate brings as much focus on that corrupt chamber as this book does to the House.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2004

    An Important Book for All Citizens

    Dr. Coburn provides an in-depth look at how the Congress works; and, as importantly, offers specific recommendations as to how the system can be revitalized to reflect the founding fathers' original plan for providing government by and for the people, run by citizen representatives rather than career politicians. Great work, Dr. Coburn!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    Just not worth it

    If it were up to Bob Novak and his associates everything progressive that this country has done would be repealled this book is choc full of bias for the right wing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2004

    All Americans SHOULD READ!

    I read this book and it made me so mad I wanted to 'punch something'!! Never again will I skip voting!

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