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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"While the larger story is well handled, it's the details that make this so readable. Not for political junkies alone, but for anyone who enjoys good writing and a good story."--Kirkus Reviews

"With good humor and a light touch, Brown, at times, gently pokes fun at himself and his colleagues while still maintaining respect for our government as an institution. Brown is an u
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Paperback, 324 pages
Published March 10th 2004 by Kent State University Press (first published August 1st 1999)
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C. Scott
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Not bad, as far as political memoirs go. It doesn't hurt that my politics align somewhat with Sherrod Brown's. I was hoping for a much goopier glimpse at how the sausage is made, but there are still insights to be gleaned from this fairly orthodox view of how Congress works (or worked at one point in time). It was amusing to get an up-close view of Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution from the other side of the aisle.
Lynnette
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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Not having grown up in the USA and taken the classes in high school, I really never and still largely, don't understand the workings of the American political system. This book helped me understand a little how this works and how frustratingly rewarding the political arena can be. I came to understand that even the most well meaning and forward thinking politician can be side tracked and thwarted in his goal to achieve good governing for his party and constituents.
I will be re-reading this book
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Ryan
Jul 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
After reading sections of this for research last year, I wanted to give this an honest read, and the now-Senator doesn't disappoint. Good to remember what things were like in the 90s, and how politics can and should work. They're not all deserving of the low approval ratings they get now. Many, including this guy, are in it for exactly the right reasons.
Cathy Allen
The material might be a bit dated now, but sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea and treat yourself to some good reading. If you like politics, history, or studying the ways of those who are masters of their trade, then this one is for you!
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