The Upper House: A Journey behind the Closed Doors of the U.S. Senate [NOOK Book]

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They come to Washington for varied and complex reasons—driven perhaps by some deep emotional commitment to an issue, or believing that their time in Congress can make their dream of the presidency a reality. No matter what their motivation or particular route, freshmen have three traits in common: they will be members of one of the most powerful deliberative bodies on the planet; they will have far less leverage and influence than they might have imagined; and finally, none of them—not even the most experienced ...

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The Upper House: A Journey behind the Closed Doors of the U.S. Senate

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They come to Washington for varied and complex reasons—driven perhaps by some deep emotional commitment to an issue, or believing that their time in Congress can make their dream of the presidency a reality. No matter what their motivation or particular route, freshmen have three traits in common: they will be members of one of the most powerful deliberative bodies on the planet; they will have far less leverage and influence than they might have imagined; and finally, none of them—not even the most experienced political hand—will have any idea exactly what will take to succeed as a United States Senator.

In The Upper House, political analyst Terrence Samuel journeys inside the legislative arm of the government to discover what makes a modern senator. He gets to the heart of the Senate and follows the people—Harry Reid, Jim Webb, Amy Klobuchar, Jon Tester, Chuck Schumer, Bob Corker—and the institution through displays of dazzling power, bewildering helplessness, and sacred traditions both ancient and modern.



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Editorial Reviews

Bob Kerrey
I think The Upper House will help Americans understand how the Senate works—and why it often doesn't. The book's portraits of senators at work should spread the word that they are just people like all the rest of us.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230110786
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 348 KB

Meet the Author


Terence Samuel was the chief congressional correspondent for U.S. News & World Report from 2000 to 2005. Previously, he was a reporter and New York bureau chief at The Philadelphia Inquirer, a director of news programming at America Online and a political columnist for The American Prospect. Formerly, he was deputy editor of The Root, The Washington Post’s online magazine of opinion and analysis aimed at African American readers. He is currently editor-at-large at The Root and senior correspondent for The American Prospect.He has appeared on PBS’s Washington Week, CNN, CNN International, MSNBC and Fox News, as well as on international media outlets BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He lives in Washington, D.C.


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Table of Contents


The Envelope Please: Election Night, November 7, 2006
The Beltway Mojo: Orientation
I Solemnly Swear: The Oath, January, 9th 2007
Into The Exalted Refuge: Quorum Call
Home and Away: Setting Up House
Following The Money: Fundraising
Today I Rise: The Maiden Speech
It's a Thin Line...: The Press
People Love Me: Ambition
A Full-Time Job: The Next Election


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Not the best.

    This book would be more informative if the author delved into more legislative details about the freshman senators of 2006. Instead, he focuses on personal anecdotes that are fun to read but generally not all that informative. On the other hand, he presents the Senate as a degenerating, ineffective institution by only giving examples of contention and disagreement. While the Senate is indeed split along party lines right now, the book would be less biased if it showed both sides of the issue.

    Overall: Do not read if you are looking for a detailed account of the legislative process. If you are looking for something lighter and maybe easier to read, this wouldn't be the worst choice.

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