Library JournalPacked into two volumes, nearly everything you wanted to know about Congress resides here, in sections entitled "Origins and Development of Congress," "Powers of Congress," "Congressional Procedures," "Pressures on Congress," "Housing and Support," "Pay and Prerequisites," "Congress and the Electorate," and "Qualifications and Conduct." Updates in this seventh version include the Congressional impact of President Obama's health-care reform, the Tea Party movement, and super PACs, among other recent developments. Also provided is fascinating detail on the metamorphosis of the actual buildings that house Congress (check out the chapter on the Library of Congress!) Abundant offerings in the appendixes strengthen ready-reference value. VERDICT This is an excellent choice for public and academic libraries alike.
BooknewsNew edition of a two-volume set that helps readers understand the role of Congress in American political life. Volume I (23 chapters) contains core information on history, powers, and procedures, followed by an examination of pressures on Congress. Volume II (34 chapters) discusses housing and support, pay and perquisites, Congress and the electorate, and qualifications and conduct. It also contains reference materials that provide a myriad of factual details about the institution, members, and elections. Contains many b&w photographs of presidents, congressmen, and Congress in session. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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