Claire's Reviews > Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives

Do Not Ask What Good We Do by Robert Draper
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Jun 04, 12

Read from June 01 to 02, 2012

Absolutely wonderful book and surprisingly non-partisan. What I love about Draper's writing is that he really makes these people human; it's so easy to think of politicans as 1-dimensional idealogues, but he delves much deeper. For example, Allan West may be the stereotype of a Tea Party crank, but he's incredibly knowledgeable about foreign policy; Renee Ellmers exploited Islamaphobia to get elected but drew from her experience as an ER nurse when she visited constituents seriously injured after a tornado. It was interesting to see these representatives' motivations and other sides, even though I didn't agree with them. Interestingly, both sides have people who come off as totally awesome (John Dingell and Jo Ann Emerson: hiiiii!) and absolutely horrible (Anthony Weiner and Kevin McCarthy)
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