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How Washington Really Works

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ISBN-10: 0201624702

ISBN-13: 9780201624700

Edition: 4th

Authors: Charles Peters

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Brought up to the minute in this new edition, How Washington Really Works exposes the Washington insiders know and hope you don't find out about. From the lobbyist and the bureaucrat straight up to the Congress and the President, Peters turns his sharp eye and ironic wit on the foibles and follies of the people running our country, and uncovers one basic fact: The present system is designed to protect those within it, not to serve those outside. This book will not only explain this system of make-believe--it will make you want to change it. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 3/21/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

The Press
Make believe
The beat system
Press perks
The prisoner of the source
Celebrity journalists
The survival network
Favors, innocent and otherwise
Paid speaking engagements, campaign contributions, and outright bribery
The Bureaucracy
The bureaucratic monster
The fall spending spree
The Fireman First Principle
The Peters Principle
Merit pay, job descriptions, and other fairy tales
The buddy system vs. the patronage system
Make-believe = Survival
The Foreign Services
International Intrigue
Clientism, institutional memory, and cowardice
Foreign service
Never Leave the City Where the Good Bars ARe
The Military
Enlisted men vs. officers
Fragging, body counts, and cheating
Courts and Regulators
The convenience of the court
The power of the clerk
Making law and making money
The regulatory mess
The revolving door, the running meter, and trial by battle
The hectic days, the lonely nights
The reelection imperative
The Ball Bearing Caucus
The incumbent advantage
Free parking
The expanding staff
The oversight of oversight
The White House
The prince and his courtiers
The spokes of the wheel
A Way Out