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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Book Discussion on The Ambition and the Power

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10631-1
Category:
Booknotes
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Booknotes
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 14, 1990
Last Aired:
Jan 16, 1990

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  • Jan 14, 1990 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 14, 1990 | 11:35pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 15, 1990 | 3:14am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 15, 1990 | 6:11am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 16, 1990 | 2:55pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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