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The House: The History of the House of Representatives

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The first–ever narrative nonfiction history of the House of Representatives, by the National Book Award–winning historian.

Robert Remini, one of the preeminent historians of our times, was chosen by the Library of Congress to write this official – and fascinating – history.

Throughout America's history, the House has played a central role in shaping the nation's destiny. In
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Smithsonian
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Jan 30, 2016 Phillip rated it liked it
This book tries to walk the line between a reference book and a narrative history book -- I think it does entertain enough, and does cram the history of the America republic into one book, which is certainly no easy task. But I think there are more misses than hits - for a book that is suppose to be a history of the House, it meanders into the White House and Senate proceedings too much. I know you cannot ignore the other branches of government in telling the story of the House, but I think - es ...more
David Eppenstein
Excellent history of the People's House and the people that served there.
Frank Stein
Sep 18, 2009 Frank Stein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was funded by the House of Representatives itself, and from that I expected a somewhat dry institutional history. That is at least partially accurate. The book marches through its chapters with a steady lockstep, covering every decade in about 25 pages, and focusing on the Speaker, political leaders, and a few key events in each time period. It relies on a pretty rigid form and adheres closely to it.

But in covering the entire 200-odd years of American history through the perspective of
Feb 04, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
The House provides an accessible summary of the political history of the United States through the lens of the House of Representatives. It covers the key controversies of Presidential power, state vs. federal and legislative battles between parties. It does an excellent job of looking at how the role of the Speaker has changed and focusing on the two most powerful speakers Henry Clay and Sam Rayburn. It is very easy to read and quick for those with a good background in US history who can focus ...more
Julian Haigh
May 26, 2015 Julian Haigh rated it really liked it
Great book on the history of the House of Representatives in the states. From the very beginning of the republic there was dispute around slavery with the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Masterful speakers and committee members are highlighted and you get a feel of the pulse of the institution as it goes through various stages and rules. Fantastic book for a look at the broad-scope US history to act as a refresher.
Allen Garvin
Feb 19, 2008 Allen Garvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history
After The Most Exclusive Club, above, I looked through the shelves at Borders for a book on the House, and got this. Overall, it's reasonably satisfying, though a better title might be 'The History of the United States with special emphasis on the house'. There are a lot of asides about American history that has little or nothing to do with the workings of the actual House. The best parts, the most substantive, are the sections on the Jacksonian era and the period right before the Civil War. It ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Nick rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal one volume history of the US House of Representatives. All the inside stories of the House, past and present, make the words jump off the page. The institution comes alive in this excellent work by Remini. If you want to know how the House came to be the House it is today, this is the book for you.
Neil Baer
Nov 09, 2007 Neil Baer rated it really liked it
The stories about the early House sessions are very entertaining and for me, the best part. The book is by no means a comprehensive guide to the House, but it gives a nice introduction to the different eras and personalities within those eras.
Mar 30, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it
Pretty good for covering two hundred years of legislators, debates, momentous legislation, fires, stabbings, shootings, and other everyday goings-on at the Capitol.
Dec 31, 2008 Nate rated it it was amazing
Excellent one volume history of the U.S. House of Representatives. A great survey.
Oct 27, 2008 Mr. rated it it was amazing
Great book if you are Gov/History geek...otherwise...prepare for a map.
Dec 20, 2013 Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Although a documented work, it lacks the scholarly vigor expected.
Carl Johnson
Mar 02, 2016 Carl Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: american-history
Good way to put current politics in proper context.
Feb 09, 2016 Yichen rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic, history, people
Stopped at Chapter 13
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