Ten Good Books About Congress

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Man of the House: The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O'Neill
By Tip O'Neill and William Novak

Tip O'Neill served as Speaker of the House of Representatives for 10 years, and what exciting years they were. Read about his perception of Watergate and why he broke with President Lyndon Johnson on Vietnam. Random House, New York, 1987.

Hard Right: The Rise of Jesse Helms by Ernest B. Furgurson

How do you get to be a Senator after you've been a TV commentator? Jesse Helms from North Carolina tells you how he became a political leader of the far right. W.W. Norton, New York, 1986.

How Congress Works

All you ever wanted to know and more about how Congress works: Who leads the party? Who heads the committees? How are laws made? Learn it all in this comprehensive book.Congressional Quarterly, Washington, DC, 1983.

The Washington Lobby

Read about the history of lobbying from its beginnings in colonial times through the growth of special interest groups in Washington in the 1970s and '80s. There are case studies of specific lobby interests and an index.Congressional Quarterly, Washington, DC, 1982.

Congress by Harold Coy

Would you like to spend a day with your representative in Congress? Find out how you can in this book. And bone up on life in Congress, the struggle to get elected, and the role of lobbyists and pressure groups — so you can talk to your representative like an insider. Julian Messner, New York, 1980.

The New Congress by Stephen Goode

There were problems that led to the reforms and changes in Congress in the 1970s. Here you'll find what they were and how they were solved. Chapters include such topics as the House and Senate in practice, the Watergate affair, and lobbying. This book has a good bibliography and index. Julian Messner, New York, 1980.

Came the Revolution: Argument in the Reagan Era by Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Get the inside track on how this popular Senator from New York State feels about the '80s in politics. Moynihan covers the years between Inauguration Day, 1981 and the Iran-Contra scandal. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, CA, 1988.

Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

Eight stories about U.S. Senators who dared to be different. Take Senator Hart Benton of Missouri, who once said, "Mr. President, sir . . . I never quarrel, sir. But sometimes I fight, sir; and whenever I fight, sir, a funeral follows, sir." Harper & Row, New York, 1983.

Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

Here's a look at game playing at its best. This time it's the game of politics. See how it's played in the United States Senate. Drury's novel is based on his 16 years as a Washington reporter. Avon Books, New York, 1981.

Politics in America: Members of Congress in Washington and at Home by Alan Ehrenhalt, ed.

If you're curious as to who your members of Congress are, what they do in Congress, what they did before election, where they went to school, even about their families, you can find it in this book. This is a great reference book: it has lots of information organized in an easy-to-access fashion. Congressional Quarterly, Washington, DC, 1983.

Adapted from The Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court, Scholastic Inc., 1989.

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