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“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

"A strong rebuttal to the cynics who argue that Congress can't get the job done."
—Ross Baker, distinguished professor of political science at Rutgers University and author of Is Bipartisanship Dead? A Report from the Senate

"A ray of hope at a time of gloom and doom about poisonous partisanship. When the big players want to work across the aisle to get something done in the national interest, they still can."
—Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and author of The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

"Jill Lawrence, one of America's best congressional reporters, shows that Congress is still capable of breaking the policy gridlock and stifling polarization that plague our democracy—that compromise, pragmatism and bipartisanship are not dead on Capitol Hill."
—James Thurber, founder of American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and co-author of American Gridlock: The Sources, Character and Impact of Political Polarization

"A great little book on how deals get done even in a do-nothing Congress."
—David Redlawsk, Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware and co-author of The Positive Case for Negative Campaigning

"Highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand how Capitol Hill works. Jill Lawrence's collection of case studies illustrates, in clearly written and often fascinating detail, how some of the best-known figures in Congress, such as Paul Ryan and Bernie Sanders, worked with a variety of lesser-known lawmakers to achieve the compromises that made the passage of important bills possible."
—Chuck McCutcheon, co-author of The Almanac of American Politics (2012 and 2014 editions) and Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech

The Art of the Political Deal