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The United States Of Ambition: Politicians, Power, And The Pursuit Of Office
The United States Of Ambition: Politicians, Power, And The Pursuit Of Office
By Alan Ehrenhalt
Times Books, 1991, 309 pp

The argument of this excellent analysis, based on detailed descriptions of the situation in selected localities, is that American politicians nominate themselves through a willingness to work very long hours for low compensation on something in which they believe; meanwhile the power of old-fashioned machines and party discipline has disappeared. At all elected levels below the White House, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to find the process personally satisfying.