Capitol Hell

Capitol Hell

by Jayne J. Jones, Alicia M. Long

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Overview

Jayne Jones and Alicia Long, co-authors of Capitol Hell began their political careers by working for former Senator Norm Coleman (MN).

Jayne Jones, a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, left Capitol Hill to work for the Minnesota House of Representatives, where she was the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House. Her favorite adventure is teaching others about the legislative process and how to draft legislation in her capacity as a political science professor at Concordia University. Jones is also in the process of starting a summer camp for teenagers interested in public policy.

Alicia Long, a South Dakota native and graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, also worked for United States Senator John Thune (SD) as well as former United States Senator George Allen (VA). After graduating from law school, she obtained employment as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Justice. In that capacity, she worked as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Columbia. Currently she is an attorney working in Washington D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592985364
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/17/2012
Pages: 323
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jayne Jones and Alicia Long, co-authors of Capitol Hell began their political careers by working for former Senator Norm Coleman (MN).
Jayne Jones, a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, left Capitol Hill to work for the Minnesota House of Representatives, where she was the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House. Her favorite adventure is teaching others about the legislative process and how to draft legislation in her capacity as a political science professor at Concordia University. Jones is also in the process of starting a summer camp for teenagers interested in public policy.
Alicia Long, a South Dakota native and graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, also worked for United States Senator John Thune (SD) as well as former United States Senator George Allen (VA). After graduating from law school, she obtained employment as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Justice. In that capacity, she worked as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Columbia. Currently she is an attorney working in Washington D.C.

What People are Saying About This

Karith Foster

"Capitol Hell took me back to my crazy DC intern days- it's an excellent combination of fact and fiction that will leave you laughing at the absurd truth of what really goes on behind the political scene. Although you know Capitol Hell is a fictitious story, you can't help but feel the absurd and hysterical accounts of the main character happened in real life to many a DC newcomer. Capitol Hell is a thoroughly entertaining look at the absurd real behind the scenes of politics. If the Devil Wears Prada was set in DC and at a Senators Office- this would be that story."--Karith Foster, comedian, author and speaker

Bridget Siegel

"Capitol Hell is full of funny and insightful glimpses into life on the Hill and the campaign trail." --Kerry/Edwards Presidential Campaign Fundraiser, Bridget Siegel, author of 'Domestic Affairs: A Campaign Novel'

Thom Bierdz

"Capitol Hell gives the reader a real life glimpse behind the curtain of a Senate office. This book is well written and you'll laugh straight to the ballot box." --Thom Bierdz, of the Young and the Restless and author of Forgiving Troy

Loren Stone

"Capitol Hell is a fun and witty take on Washington politics from the angle of a charming young staffer. Both sides of the aisle will be equally entertained, so for a good laugh pick up Capitol Hell this election season!" --Loren Stone, Director of Research, Judge Judy, Paramount Pictures

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Capitol Hell 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
begmuffin More than 1 year ago
I'm also a former Senate staffer who had high hopes for this book. Alas, it's amateurishly written, filled with grammatical errors and just plain disappointing. (A particular pet peeve: The authors are among those who believe it's sinful to use the word "said" -- at one point, a character "inquisitively questioned" someone. Repetitious much?) I was horrendously disappointed because I would have loved to read a well-written novel on the subject. What a squandered opportunity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terribly written and a disjointed story. I was very excited about this book due to the "Devil Wears Prada goes to Capitol Hill" description. However, the authors are clearly trying to write in today's typical women's lit tone (a la Lauren Weisberger, Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding, etc. all of whom I thoroughly enjoy) and failed miserably. Jokes feel forced and come off as tacky instead of funny; descriptions of scenes are unbalanced and odd; and characters are unbelievable in their inconsistency. The authors worked on Capitol Hill and yet still believe it would sound remotely realistic to kick off a national presidential campaign at a state fair with sports-themed tchotchkes?! Not only do they not know how to write, but it would seem they had no idea what they were doing on Capitol Hill either. Offensive statements about immigrants, feminists, etc. top off this nightmare of a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite "Capitol Hell" by Jayne Jones & Alicia Long introduces readers to a recent college graduate named Allison Amundson. Allison is a small town girl from South Dakota who ends up getting a fantastic job as the scheduler to newly elected United States Senator Anders McDermott. However, the job does not end up being the dream job she had thought it would be. Between a high maintenance boss, crazy co-workers, demanding family and a sudden Presidential Bid, things turn increasingly bad. Jayne Jones & Alicia Long have created a hilariously funny book on the dysfunction that is our nation's capital. I found myself laughing out loud with this book more than once as I read it. Any book that can actually make me laugh so much that my Husband comes and asks me what is so funny, gets a huge thumbs up from me. Allison is such a great character that you can certainly bond with her over the co-workers and the boss. We have all had some kind of jobs that end up being like a trip through hell. She handles it with a smooth wit and much more class that I may have in the same situation. The story flows well and makes this a very fast and fun read for anyone. This is not a book that is going to make you think too much. There are not any real crazy plot twists or anything like that. It is just a fun, lighthearted, enjoyable bit of entertainment. The perfect read for a breezy weekend or a comfortable night. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read! Well done! You will laugh and wonder what is true!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for a funny glimps into the life of a senate office. I could not put the book down because i was trying to figure out what was real and what was made up! Check it out today...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read the entire thing in one day. As a former hill intern, this book definitely reminded me of my time in D.C. Many things hit home. As a Minnesotan, it was fun trying to guess who some of these characters may have been based on (even though I know this is technically fiction). However, I don't think you need to be a former hill staffer or intern, or be from Minnesota, to really enjoy this book. It is funny and has a great story separate from just being about politics. It would be interesting to anyone who wants to know what it is like behind the scenes in our nation's Capitol. I would definitely recommend reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Capitol Hell is full of fun and witty insights into what it is like to be a Hill staffer. You won't want to miss this one this election season!