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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 12 up.
Every two years, American citizens across the land take part in congressional elections to determine which congressmen or women they wish to retain or elect. In many ways, voting for your preferred congressional representative is about as pure a dose of Americana as anything. Here, in this volume of the illustrated "The U.S. Government: How it Works" series, readers are taken behind the scenes to look at the history and functioning of the U.S. Congress. In order to explain the nature of congressional work, the author of this solid book first traces the history of the institution at hand and then transitions into detailing the critical functions of the modern congress. Throughout this book, the author does a reasonable job of capturing not only the letter but also the spirit of the laws that encompass this governmental institution. In this way, Koestler-Grack's work presents readers with an insightful glimpse of an institution that has direct effects upon the lives of every American citizen and beyond. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck