Do Not Ask What Good We Do by Robert Draper
Inside the U.S. House of Representatives

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One of Mr. Draper's most compelling portraits is Rep. Allen West, a freshman from Florida...Mr. West is arguably the most influential member of the freshmen class, and Mr. Draper shows why.
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When the Tea Party Came to Town demonstrates Robert Draper’s uncanny ability to ferret out news-making tidbits and provides us with the first look at this game-changing Congress—sure to be a classic work.

In When the Tea Party Came to Town, Robert Draper delivers the definitive account of what may turn out to be the worst congressional term in United States history. As he did in writing about President George W. Bush in Dead Certain, Draper burrows deep inside his subject, gaining cooperation from the major players, and provides an insider’s book like no one else can—a colorful, unsparingly detailed, but evenhanded narrative of how the House of Representatives became a house of ill repute. Because of the bitterly divided political atmosphere in which we live, this literary window on the backstage machinations of the House of Representatives is both captivating and timely—revealing the House in full, from the process of how laws are made (and in this case, not made) to the most eye-popping cast of lawmakers Washington has ever seen.
 

About Robert Draper

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Robert Draper has been a national correspondent forGQ Magazinefor the past decade, and previous to that was senior editor atTexas Monthly. He lives in Washington DC. He is the author of a novel,Hadrian's Walls(Knopf), and of the biographyRolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored History.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Free Press. 354 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jun 25 2012

Characterized by the same level of detail and evenhandedness that suffused 2008's Dead Certain. . .

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Jonathan Karl on Apr 23 2012

One of Mr. Draper's most compelling portraits is Rep. Allen West, a freshman from Florida...Mr. West is arguably the most influential member of the freshmen class, and Mr. Draper shows why.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Sam Stein on Apr 25 2012

. . .votes. . .can be attributed to legitimate philosophical objection. . .But what Draper's book makes clear is that blunt electoral-minded ambitions were the animating force.

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The Daily Beast

Above average
Reviewed by Ben Jacobs on Apr 25 2012

The book is not all partisan strife and grimness, though—there’s always Anthony Weiner for comic relief.

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A Walking Delight

Good
Reviewed by Chet Yarbrough on Jun 09 2012

Draper successfully provides a picture of the current makeup and position of many of the current members of the House.

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