FMC has pooled the expertise of its membership to create several publications which give an insider’s view of the Congress and the life of a politician.
Inside the House, Former Members Reveal How Congress Really Works brings to life the inner workings of the Congress via 44 essays by 35 former Members, a congressional spouse, and two congressional staff members.
Political Rules of the Road is a collection of over 500 political rules by almost 200 former Members of Congress, including several presidents. The authors explain the rules that guided them during their political lives and explain via anecdotes how they best applied.
One of the many testaments to the high caliber of our membership is their publications. We are proud to showcase the recent works of our members on our website. If you are a member and would like to share your recent publication, please contact us at SWitiw@usafmc.org.
By Lee H. Hamilton
When Lee H. Hamilton joined Congress in 1965 as a US Representative from southern Indiana, he began writing commentaries for his constituents describing his experiences, impressions, and developing views of what was right and wrong in American politics. He continued to write regularly throughout his 34 years in office and up to the present. Lively and full of his distinctive insights, Hamilton’s essays provide vivid accounts of national milestones over the past fifty years: from the protests of the Sixties, the Vietnam War, and the Great Society reforms, through the Watergate and Iran-Contra affairs, to the post-9/11 years as the vice chairman of the 9/11 commission. Hamilton offers frank and sometimes surprising reflections on Congress, the presidency, and presidential character from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama. He argues that there are valuable lessons to be learned from past years, when Congress worked better than it does now. Offering history, politics, and personal reflections all at once, this book will appeal to everyone interested in understanding America of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Lee H. Hamilton served Indiana in the US House of Representatives from 1965 to 1999. He is founding director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University and past president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center. One of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress, foreign policy, intelligence, and national security, he served as vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, co-chairman of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, and a member of the CIA External Advisory Board. He continues to play a leading role in public affairs and is currently a member of the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. Hamilton is Professor of Practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Distinguished Scholar in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. He is author of How Congress Works and Why You Should Care (IUP, 2004) and Strengthening Congress (IUP, 2009).
URL to book page: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=807966
By Tom Davis, Martin Frost and
Martin Frost and Tom Davis are uniquely qualified to examine how constant conflict in Washington keeps too many good things from happening. The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis is a smart book that asks the right questions and offers some intriguing solutions.” — President Bill Clinton During their 40 years in Congress, Martin Frost and Tom Davis were the field generals for their respective parties, each serving two terms as chair of the Democratic and Republican House campaign committees. Now they have joined forces — along with columnist Richard Cohen — in an effort to save Congress from itself. According to the authors, Congress is incapable of reforming itself without a good kick in the seat from the American public. Frost and Davis, with great insight and skill, along with a wealth of anecdotes and photos, dissect the causes of legislative gridlock and offer a common sense, bipartisan plan for making our Congress function again.
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Una vida para la igualidad (A Life for Equality)
By Antonio Quiñones Calderón
Carlos Romero-Barceló, former Mayor of San Juan and Governor of Puerto Rico has just published the first of his two-part biography, “Un vida para la Igualidad” (A Life for Equality), researched and authored by Antonio Quiñones Calderón. The book features Carlos’ lifelong pursuit of statehood for Puerto Rico since he entered local politics in the 1960’s when the first Puerto Rico plebiscite was held. This event coincides with Carlos’s 80th birthday and the establishment of the Carlos Romero-Barceló Diabetes and Treatment Center. Published in Spanish for now at $49.99, it will be followed by an English translation at a later date. Kindly make checks or money orders payable to the order of Carlos Romero-Barceló, PO Box 364351, San Juan, PR, 00936-4351. For more information, please email email@example.com.
by The Hon. Berkley Bedell (D-IA)
This book is a wake up call to the American people that TOGETHER WE CAN make the necessary changes to bring prosperity and global respect to the United States. A critical step is ending the monopoly of economic and political power exercised by a small minority of wealthy Americans. To purchase this book, please click here.
Professor-Politician: The Biography of Alabama Congressman Glen Browder
by the Hon. Glen Browder (D-AL) and Geni Certain
Professor-Politician challenges common depictions of politics as a constant struggle of good-versus-evil and heroes-versus-villains, with “dirty politics” usually winning. The truth is that good government can prevail in Montgomery and Washington. Journalist Geni Certain recounts Glen Browder’s civic adventures as one of Alabama’s prominent scholars and public officials over the past half-century. This is a story of practical and reform politics told by someone specially positioned to comment on Alabama government and American democracy. Certain interviewed knowledgeable people, researched public records, and scoured the Browder Collection at Jacksonville State University for this intriguing and inspiring biography of a civic-oriented leader. Includes an autobiographical essay by Glen Browder. To purchase this book, please click here
by the Hon. Ed Bethune (R-AR)
Jackhammered is a story of hope and redemption, told with candor by a man who had a complicated childhood, joined the Marines when he was 18, became a special agent of the FBI, and then a prosecuting attorney. In 1978, against all odds, Ed Bethune won a seat in the United States House of Representatives. His story is unlike any memoir you have ever read because it tells of a young life nearly lost, a love found, and a lifelong struggle to wash away troubles by living out dreams of adventure. His successes–in politics, in the courtroom defending the poorest of the poor, and as a high profile ethics lawyer for Speaker Newt Gingrich and Majority Leader Tom DeLay–soothe his quest for identity. But it is not until he and his wife encounter a fearsome storm while trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a 31-foot sailboat that he solves the riddle that has haunted him all his life. To purchase this book, click here.
by the Hon. Glen Browder (D-AL)
America seems to have little sense of how the Civil Rights Movement actually played into southern politics over the remainder of the twentieth Century. The common vision is a monolithic struggle between heroes and villains, depicted literally and figuratively in black and white. Unfortunately, this conception provides incomplete explanation for subsequent progress in the southern political system. Stealth Reconstruction reveals that, amid all the heroic history of that time, there is a fascinating story of “stealth reconstruction” – i.e., the unheroic, quiet, practical, biracial work of some white politicians and black leaders, a story untold and unknown until now. (Based in part on interviews with former Members of the U.S. Congress.) To purchase this book, click here.
by the Hon. Glen Browder (D-AL)
The South’s New Racial Politics presents an original thesis about how blacks and whites in today’s South engage in a politics that is qualitatively different from the past. Glen Browder—as practitioner and scholar—argues that politicians of the two races now practice an open, sophisticated, biracial game that, arguably, means progress; but it also can bring out old-fashioned, cynical, and racist Southern ways. The lesson to be learned from this interpretative analysis is that the Southern political system, while still constrained by racial problems, is more functional than ever before. Southerners perhaps can now move forward in dealing with their legacy of hard history. (Based in part on interviews with former Members of the U.S. Congress.) To purchase this book, click here.
by the Hon. Glen Browder (D-AL)
Can the United States–a nation of growing cultural diversity, with increasingly divergent ideals, values, and principles of governance–continue its collective pursuit of freedom, equality, and justice within the traditional framework of limited, representative government? Veteran public official and political scientist Glen Browder addresses this question in The Future of American Democracy. This book will speak to attentive citizens in the U.S. and abroad who are involved in analyzing, studying, and teaching American democracy and people who are involved as participants in the workings of American government and politics. To purchase this book, please click here.
by the Hon. Mickey Edwards (R-OK)
In this critically important book, a distinguished statesman and thinker identifies exactly how our political and governing systems reward intransigence, discourage compromise, and undermine our democracy. He then describes exactly what must be done to banish the negative effects of partisan warfare from our political system. As a former congressman, Mickey Edwards witnessed firsthand how important legislative battles can devolve into struggles not over principle but over party advantage. He offers graphic examples of how this problem has intensified and reveals how political battles have become nothing more than conflicts between party machines. Edwards’s solutions—specific, practical, fair, and original—show the way to break the stranglehold of the political party system. The Parties Versus the People offers hope for a fundamental renewal of American democracy. To purchase this book, please click here.
by the Hon. Paul Findley (R-IL)
In his twenty-two years as an Illinois congressman and in the years since he left office, Paul Findley has fought to eradicate famine, end wars, and eliminate bigotry in U.S. foreign policy. This sweeping political memoir opens with Findley’s early days in rural Pittsfield, Illinois, and chronicles his service during six administrations in Washington. His many accomplishments in Congress include authoring the Famine Prevention Act, coauthoring the 1973 War Powers Resolution, leading agricultural trade missions to the Soviet Union and China, and strongly opposing the Vietnam War. This autobiography is also a no-holds-barred critique of Israel’s lobby and its toll on the national interests of the United States. To purchase this book, please click here.
by the Hon. Bill Hudnut (R-IN)
In Changing Metropolitan America: Planning for a Sustainable Future, Association member Bill Hudnut offers expert insight into ways the nation’s metropolitan areas are changing and explores the land use issues that affect quality of life. He discusses the challenges cities are facing and solutions to reducing sprawl and dependence on cars, encouraging sustainability, investing in infrastructure, providing moderate income housing for the workforce, urban retail, and regional planning. To purchase this book, click here.
by Mary Lou Judd Carpenter (daughter of Walter Judd (R-MN)
The book is a collection of real time writings and letters of a Congressman’s wife, brought together by their daughter. It’s not easy being married to a public figure. The wife is expected to defer to the demands of the office or the campaign or the Mission. So it was with Miriam Judd, married to an indomitable force of nature named Walter Judd. But she was a strong woman in her own right, possessed of a deep faith and a sharp sense of humor. Like the bamboo, she bent with the wind when necessary and when the storm was over, she stood uprights. As the child of missionaries in India, going to China in the 1930 with Dr. Judd and starting a family there seemed natural to her, even in the midst of a civil war between the Nationalist Chinese and the Chinese Communists, with a few bandits thrown in. However, as Mary Lou will recount, politics was a different kind of mission that created new and unexpected challenges and tensions. More information can be found by clicking here.
by the Hon. G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery (D-MS)
Using gentle humor, some 450 visuals, and debate drawn from actual legislative events, the late U.S. Congressman G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery helps readers relive the Montgomery GI Bill’s 1987 enactment, while learning each step of the way. Across the Aisle‘s extensive illustrative material brings the legislative process alive, as readers travel the historic legislative road with Congressman Montgomery himself as escort, storyteller, mentor, and colleague. Montgomery’s unique first-person account brings Washington, D.C., and lawmaking alive with enduring lessons in leadership, persuasion, civility, and that timeless virtue–perseverance. To purchase this book, click here.
by the Hon. George Nethercutt (R-WA)
In Tune With America: Our History in Song, melds music and words to tell a story of hope—a hope that today’s Americans will focus on the lessons of United States history; the significant events, the trials and tribulations, the outstanding leaders and heroic acts, all of them part of America’s great story. This book is a gateway to better citizenship, showing how the United States has achieved its unique position in the world economically, socially and politically. It is also fun, filled with less-known parts of well-known songs, representing American music which, like the American people, is rich and diverse. In Tune With America puts readers in tune with the American dream. It can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Marquette Books and the George Nethercutt Foundation (see www.nethercuttfoundation.org).
by former Member Judge James Rogan (R-CA)
Raised by a single mom on welfare and food stamps, the author of this colorful and engaging autobiography dropped out of high school and misspent his youth hanging out with druggie friends and touring the fleshpots of L.A. as a bartender and porn theater bouncer. Perhaps not surprisingly, given his penchant for busting up inappropriate public trysts, he wound up a conservative Republican Congressman prosecuting Bill Clinton’s impeachment case. The byproduct of this surprising career trajectory is [this] rare politician’s memoir . There is… a political subtext that occasionally surfaces as glib Republican boilerplate. In describing his political journey from youthful admirer of Hubert Humphrey to Reaganite conservative, he invokes his street cred as a scion of the working class to justify right-wing policy nostrums on welfare reform and school vouchers. But he mostly keeps the ideology in the background and his outrageous stories and warm, self-deprecating authorial voice up front. Summary from Amazon.com. To purchase this book, click here.
by former Member Judge James Rogan (R-CA)
It has been more than a dozen years since the media force-fed America and the world a steady diet of Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, a wagging presidential finger, and parsing phrases like “the meaning of ‘is.'” Now, Jim Rogan has opened this archive for both modern readers and for history by penning the ultimate insider’s story on what led a very reluctant House of Representatives to impeach a then-very popular American president. From his first day on the House Judiciary Committee, Rogan knew if the scandal ever led to impeachment proceedings, future accounts would suffer from faulty memories or faulty motives. To combat the threat of factual or historical error, Rogan kept copious notes during every significant meeting relating to impeachment from his first day on the Committee. He did this so there would be a complete and accurate historical chronicle – – the best evidence – – of what really happened behind the scenes in the unfolding drama. This historically important archive is unmatched in its thoroughness and integrity. Summary from Amazon.com. This book is slated for release on May 3, 2011. For more information, please click here.
America’s Wasted Talent: A New Ecology of Learning
By the Hon. Peter Smith (R-VT)
Harnessing America’s Wasted Talent: A New Ecology of Learning presents a new frame of reference coupled with research and experience which support a dramatically different view of the causes and consequences of college failure, as well as the changes needed to support learning in the 21st century. This view recognizes that in far too many cases failure is a result of the way colleges operate, their tradition and history. Failure in the current system is, in many cases, not indicative of learners’ capacity to learn. Happily, however, there are solutions on the horizon. Our capacity to support, encourage, and recognize learning has not only grown dramatically in the last 20 years, it has also been transformed into a new ecology of learning. To purchase this book, click here.
FMC’s most recent publication, in cooperation with the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government, is a unique compilation of the lessons learned by those who served in Congress. Many Association members contributed to this book, reflecting the spirit and wisdom of the FMC membership. To purchase this book, click here.
Unbreakable Bonds tells ten touching stories of mothers who spent years aiding the recovery of their children, US soldiers and Marines who suffered severe injuries during the War on Terror. The survival of these wounded warriors is a testament not only to the extraordinary efforts of military medical personnel and their own inner fortitude, but also to their mothers whose commitment, like the wounds their children suffer, is lifelong. With forewords from former president George H. W. Bush and former Maryland congresswoman Connie Morella, this book will appeal to US service members and their loved ones—and those without ties to the military will gain appreciation for those who risk so much to serve our country. To purchase this book, click here.