328: The American Senate by Neil MacNeil and Richard Baker

by Gerard


328.73071: MacNeil, Neil and Richard A. Baker. The American Senate: An Insider’s History. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. 318 pp. ISBN 978-0-1953-6761-4.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 300: Social Sciences
  • 320: Political science
  • 328: The legislative process
  • 328.73: Legislative process—United States
  • 328.7307: Specific topics of legislative bodies
  • 328.73071: Upper houses

Neil MacNeil and Richard Baker’s storied history of the Unites States Senate is thoroughly rich and interesting. From its inception upon the ratification of the Constitution to its current makeup, the Senate has been at the center of every major American political development. The authors detail the initial history of the legislative body, its complex interactions with both the House of Representatives and the office of the President, its investigative hearings, and how it serves as both a model of high legislative achievement and a bastion of corruption, collusion, and callousness. It does get a bit bogged down when recounting the recent history, but overall, this book contains a wealth of information. We get tidbits on Senate orientation, seniority  assignments, and some of the lengths senators will go to get both votes from their constituents and their fellow legislators. A dense but informative book.