This scrupulous political biography of Dan Rostenkowski follows his rise to power from modest origins in the Democratic ward politics of Chicago's Polish rthwest side, through his national legislative triumphs, and ultimately to his criminal conviction and imprisonment for abuses of House practice. But the story offers much more than Rostenkowski's personal tragedy: it's a tale of the transformation of American political life, and of the fall of old-fashioned congressional politics. An insider's story. Anybody wanting to understand Congress and its place in American politics should read it. -Jim Wright. Masterful...t just a book on Rostenkowski; Cohen has spun the tale of the entire modern period of Congress. -Larry Sabato.
For more than twenty years Richard E. Cohen has reported on Congress for the National Journal, a nonpartisan magazine located in Washington, D.C. A winner of the Dirksen Prize for distinguished reporting on Congress, he has also written Washington at Work and Changing Course in Washington: Clinton and the New Congress.