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Norman Ornstein

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Norman Ornstein is an American political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington D.C. conservative think tank.
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Unlock Congress
Reform the Rules - Restore the System
Michael Golden - 2015-04-15
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The American people are disgusted with the U.S. Congress. In 2014, public approval of the "first branch" of government reached a forty-year low, its popularity ranking well below Nixon during the Watergate years and BP during the oil spill. Congress has been producing legislation at a historically anemic rate, while many of the nation's most immedi...
Norman Ornstein
Great book, great person!      source
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The Ten Year War
Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage
Jonathan Cohn - 2021-02-23
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Jonathan Cohn's The Ten Year War is the definitive account of the battle over Obamacare, based on interviews with sources who were in the room, from the nation's foremost healthcare journalist. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as "Obamacare," was the most sweeping and consequential piece of legislation to become law in modern American hi...
Norman Ornstein
Nobody knows more and has reported better on healthcare than @CitizenCohn A must read book!      source
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The Field of Blood
Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Joanne B. Freeman - 2019-09-10 (first published in 2018)
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The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil WarIn The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legi...
Norman Ornstein
@billybobmoore @RonBrownstein Read the superb book by @jbf1755 The Field of Blood!      source
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Insane Consequences
How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill
DJ Jaffe - 2017-04-11
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This well-researched and highly critical examination of the state of our mental health system by the industry's most relentless critic presents a new and controversial explanation as to why--in spite of spending $147 billion annually--140,000 seriously mentally ill are homeless, 390,000 are incarcerated, and even educated, tenacious, and caring peo...
Norman Ornstein
DJ Jaffe was a great, important, tireless advocate for better policies to help those with serious mental illnesses. His book Insane Consequences was truly important. He battled cancer for a long time, but never stopped his advocacy. May his memory be a blessing. @TreatmentAdvCtr      source
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Unlocatable Source
Judith Bowles - 2019-07-16
The sharp images and elegant lines of Judith Bowles' collection do indeed seem to come from some hidden origin, the fusion of eye and ear and hand that results in this poet's stunning craft....
Norman Ornstein
Little know fact that should be mire known: @OfficialJLD’s remarkable and wonderful mother, Judy Bowles, is a world-class poet with two great books. The Gatherer and Unlocatable Source. If you like poetry you will love these books!      source
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The Gatherer
Judith Bowles - 2014-09-12
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Poet Judith Bowles gathers in this debut collection a harvest of observations on illuminated spaces, made so by the act of paying close attention....
Norman Ornstein
Little know fact that should be mire known: @OfficialJLD’s remarkable and wonderful mother, Judy Bowles, is a world-class poet with two great books. The Gatherer and Unlocatable Source. If you like poetry you will love these books!      source
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What It Takes
The Way to the White House
Richard ben Cramer - 1993-06-01 (first published in 1992)
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An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race -- and ...
Norman Ornstein
@CarlosLozadaWP @JenSeniorNY What It Takes remains The best book I’ve ever read on American politics, and politics more generally. Well over 1000 pages, but I reread it every few years. And what everybody close to Joe Biden will tell you is that this captures Biden better than anything else.      source
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Sandy Koufax
A Lefty's Legacy (P.S.)
Jane Leavy - 2010-03-16 (first published in 2002)
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“The incomparable and mysterious Sandy Koufax is revealed…. This is an absorbing book, beautifully written.” —Wall Street Journal “Leavy has hit it out of the park…A lot more than a biography. It’s a consideration of how we create our heroes, and how this hero’s self perception distinguishes him from nearly every other great athlete in living memor...
Norman Ornstein
Both great, but the Koufax book is especially so.      source
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The Great Influenza
The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
John M. Barry - 2005-10-04 (first published in 2004)
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At the height of WWI, historys most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not th...
Norman Ornstein
@ianbassin John Barry’s book The Great Influenza is a superb must read. More now than ever!      source
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When Pride Still Mattered
A Life Of Vince Lombardi
David Maraniss - 2000-09-03 (first published in 1999)
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In this groundbreaking biography, David Maraniss captures all of football great Vince Lombardi: the myth, the man, his game, and his God.More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. The son of an Italian immigrant butcher, Lombardi toiled for twenty frustrating years as a high sc...
Norman Ornstein
@davidmaraniss When Pride Still Mattered , his biography of Vince Lombardi, a great book.      source
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Congress at War
Fergus M. Bordewich - 2020-02-18
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