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The Art of the Political Deal is the inside story of four successful congressional negotiations—agreements reached during an era that’s among the most partisan and unproductive in U.S. history. Deeply reported and surprisingly suspenseful, these are revelatory tales about the tools, techniques and conditions that make compromise possible, told through the eyes of Capitol Hill players ranging from obscure staff members to a future speaker of the House.


“This is a little gem of a book.”
—Elaine Kamarck, director of the Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution

“The one book President Trump should probably read.”
—Columnist Patricia Murphy, Roll Call

“Legislative sausage-making that you do, in fact, want to see. A fascinating behind-the-scenes look.”
—Former Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican of Maine, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and co-chair of its Commission on Political Reform

“These cases are not only insightful, they are also beautifully readable—actual page-turners. Highly recommended.”
—Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and co-editor of Political Negotiation: A Handbook

The Art of the Political Deal