David Kaufman's Reviews > The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point

The System by Haynes Johnson
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Aug 20, 2007

it was amazing

ok, this is kind of a hard core health policy book. but it's also probably the best description of how politics and policy really work in the real world. it's the story of the clinton health plan and how/why it bombed. reading this now, it's amazing that to think that hillary is the the presidential frontrunner. there's a pretty good argument (and it's one these guys make) that she was almost singlehandedly responsible for republican control of congress from 1994-2006. also, it's crazy how far to the right the country has moved since we were about 10. in the early 90s republicans were proposing things that were so far to the left, no democrat would dare say them today for fear of being branded a socialist.


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