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The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Donald A. Ritchie

22 September 2016

ISBN: 9780190280147

168 pages

In Stock

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



In the second edition of The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie, a congressional historian for more than thirty years, takes readers on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of Capitol Hill, pointing out the key players, explaining their behavior, and translating parliamentary language into plain English.

  • Written by one the leading authorities on the U.S. Congress
  • Approaches the subject in an informed and accessible manner, critical but not cynical
  • Uses both political science and history to examine the legislative behavior, parliamentary language, and evolution of practice in Congress
  • Provides a concise tour of a vital institution in the American political and legislative process

About the Author(s)

Donald A. Ritchie, Historian Emeritus, United States Senate

Donald A. Ritchie is Historian Emeritus of the U.S. Senate. He worked for the Senate Historical Office for thirty years, where he conducted an oral history program and did historical editing, such as the previously closed hearings of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy. A former president of the Oral History Association, he has also been a member of the councils of the American Historical Association and the International Oral History Association. His other books include Our Constitution, The Oxford Guide to the United States Government, Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents, Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps, and Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932.

Table of Contents

    1 The great compromise
    2 Campaigns and constituents
    3 In committee
    4 On the floor
    5 Checks and balances
    6 The Capitol complex
    Further reading