Last Great Senate Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis

ISBN-10: 1586489364
ISBN-13: 9781586489366
Edition: 2012
Authors: Ira Shapiro
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Book details

List price: $40.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 2/14/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Journalists have called the U.S. Senate an empty chamber; politicians have lamented that the institution is broken--yet the Senate was once capable of greatness. Senators of the 1960s and '70s overcame southern opposition to civil rights, passed Great Society legislation, and battled the executive branch on Vietnam, Watergate, and its abuses of power. The right's sweep of the 1980 elections shattered that Senate, leaving a diminished institution in its wake. Ira Shapiro spent 12 years working for Senators Gaylord Nelson, Abraham Ribicoff, Thomas Eagleton, Robert Byrd, and Jay Rockefeller. The Last Great Senateis his vivid portrait of the statesmen who helped steer America during the crisis years of the late 1970s, transcending partisanship and overcoming procedural roadblocks that have all but strangled the Senate since their departure. The Last Great Senateis necessary reading for all those who wonder how the Senate used to work and what happened to the world's greatest deliberative body.

Prologue
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The Grind
The Natural
Great Expectations, Different Agendas
Hawk and Dove
The Appearance of Impropriety
The Liberal Filibuster
1978
A Year of Living Dangerously
The Panama Canal Fight
Venturing into the Middle East
An Epic Business-Labor Clash
Saving New York
Closing Days
1979
Before the Storm
Energy Battles After the Iranian Revolution
Fighting the Economic Tide
SALT II: Death by a Thousand Cuts
1980
A Tough Political Climate
Americas Last Frontier
Fighting to Survive
The Lame-Duck Session
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources
Interviews
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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