When the Tea Party Came to Town: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives' Most Combative, Dysfunctional, and Infuriating Term in Modern History

When the Tea Party Came to Town: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives' Most Combative, Dysfunctional, and Infuriating Term in Modern History

by Robert Draper
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When the Tea Party Came to Town: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives' Most Combative, Dysfunctional, and Infuriating Term in Modern History by Robert Draper

When the Tea Party Came to Town demonstrates Robert Draper’s uncanny ability to ferret out news-making tidbits and provides us with the first look at this game-changing Congress—sure to be a classic work.

In When the Tea Party Came to Town, Robert Draper delivers the definitive account of what may turn out to be the worst congressional term in United States history. As he did in writing about President George W. Bush in Dead Certain, Draper burrows deep inside his subject, gaining cooperation from the major players, and provides an insider’s book like no one else can—a colorful, unsparingly detailed, but evenhanded narrative of how the House of Representatives became a house of ill repute. Because of the bitterly divided political atmosphere in which we live, this literary window on the backstage machinations of the House of Representatives is both captivating and timely—revealing the House in full, from the process of how laws are made (and in this case, not made) to the most eye-popping cast of lawmakers Washington has ever seen.

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ISBN-13: 9781451642100
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 314,397
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Robert Draper is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic and a correspondent to GQ. He is the author of several books, most recently the New York Times bestseller Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. He lives in Washington, DC.

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When the Tea Party Came to Town: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives' Most Combative, Dysfunctional, and Infuriating Term in Modern History 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I find the workings of the house very mysterious and had trouble understanding why they have been so dysfunctional, in the last two years in particular. The author does a good job of explaining that, the influence of the many new "tea party" representatives elected in 2010, and why the institution has become almost "parlimentary" in nature, with repubs and dems always voting along straight party lines. Very interesting was the description of the job of majority whip, and how difficult it was to get the tea party members to go along with what repub leadership wanted. I lean more to the left than right, so I have no love for the tea party, but I was interested in their personal stories, particularly Rep. West, the african-american tea party member from Florida. All in all a pretty informative book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert Draper takes you through the actions of many major House of Representative and Senators of the 112th Congress, their personal history, their thoughts, and resulting votes. You learn why they have earned the reputations as one worst Congresses on record. Some of the more controversial members such as Anthony Weiner and Alan West are reviewed in detail reveling many unknown facts. One learns that many members of the Tea Party play childish games with senior members in an effort to defeat votes on many major issues facing our country. Issues such as raising the “Debt Ceiling” debates are covered in detail.
citgrad More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book by Robert Draper. How he was able to get so many "actually" quotes and behind the scene conversations is astounding. A MUST book for everyone who is interested in how our "representatives" interact between each other. Being formally from South Carolina I was really taken how the these freshmen held tightly to their conservative principals even when the pressure to conform to their leadership's directions.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great insiders look into the lesser known chamber of the least known branch of government.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the individual vignettes of Congressional Representatives is mildly intriguing, this book offers nothing at all unexpected. By the time Draper rehashes Dingell's pet environmental project, the reader is left wondering what this lacksidaisical trip down the river has been all about. There is no offer of the sequester as the fruit of the struggle. The author had to get this to press dangling a red button as the ultimate moral lesson of Congressional machinations. Clearly, Draper and his publisher had no time to waste, hence that task is left to the reader.
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salsa_girl More than 1 year ago
I watch a lot of politics,but don;t get a lot of behind the scene about some of the politicians real feeligs.Why they are republicans and what they really feel.It just confirms what I feel about republicans.
chiquitaPA More than 1 year ago
Great book. The Republicans should be ashamed of the things they are doing at the expense of our middle class. Shame on them! They are a bunch of racists. I could go on but people should read this book, it is essential. It will open your eyes.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goverment=no read