It's Even Worse Than It Looks by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

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The book's innards offered reassurance...still holds to a thoroughly Minnesota notion: If more people voted and helped choose candidates, this state and nation would be better governed.
-Star Tribune

Synopsis

Hyperpartisanship is as old as American democracy. But now, acrimony is not confined to a moment; it’s a permanent state of affairs and has seeped into every part of the political process. Identifying the overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks profoundly altered the debate about why America’s government has become so dysfunctional. Through a new preface and afterword, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein bring the story forward, examining the 2012 presidential campaign and exploring the prospects of a less dysfunctional government. As provocative and controversial as ever, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks will continue to set the terms of our political debate in the years to come.
 

About Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

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Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He is a former executive director of the American Political Science Association. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of a weekly column for Roll Call, called "Congress Inside Out." He lives in Washington, D.C. Both are fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are coauthors of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Basic Books. 274 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by MICHAEL CROWLEY on Jul 20 2012

The debt vote showdown is the focal point of “Do Not Ask What Good We Do,” Robert Draper’s engaging and often funny chronicle of the year in the House of Representatives...

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by NPR Staff on Apr 30 2012

But now, they say, Congress is more dysfunctional than it has been since the Civil War, and they aren't hesitating to point a finger at who they think is to blame.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by LORI STURDEVANT on Jun 30 2012

The book's innards offered reassurance...still holds to a thoroughly Minnesota notion: If more people voted and helped choose candidates, this state and nation would be better governed.

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The Economist

Excellent
Reviewed by The Economist. on Apr 28 2012

WHAT happens to a two-party political system when one party goes mad? That is the question posed in a powerful and angry new book by two scholars at two respected think-tanks...

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert Kaiser on Apr 30 2012

Reading this book is a little like quaffing a double espresso on an empty stomach — it’s a jolt. For this reader it was a welcome jolt.

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Slate

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Hasen on May 09 2012

Mann and Ornstein have done a great public service in opening a dialogue on how to fix the mismatch between our political and constitutional systems of government.

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Macleans

Excellent
Reviewed by Jaime Weinman on Jun 04 2012

...this book is also something of a conversion narrative: the story of two centrist pundits who have decided that the centre no longer holds.

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The New Yorker

Excellent
Reviewed by HENDRIK HERTZBERG on May 30 2012

“It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” is a cogent, concise, and, in its think-tanky way, passionate book.

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The Weekly Standard

Below average
Reviewed by JAY COST on Jun 11 2012

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks is overwrought with hyperbole and too filled with Democratic talking points to offer much guidance.

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