Book Discussion on The Ambition and the Power
John Barry describes his book The Ambition and the Power as “a case study of how Washington really works.” Barry looks at the… read more
John Barry describes his book The Ambition and the Power as “a case study of how Washington really works.” Barry looks at the consolidation of power by House speaker Jim Wright and follows Wright through his resignation after charges were made against him by the House ethics committee. In this interview, Barry discusses the inside seat he was given by Wright. Appealing to Wright’s “sense of history,” Barry was even allowed access to sensitive staff meetings. Additionally, Barry discusses the changed House of Representatives without Jim Wright, specifically the role of the Rules committee. He also discusses the role of journalists in covering the Congress. close
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