The United States Of Ambition: Politicians, Power, And The Pursuit Of Office

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The United States Of Ambition: Politicians, Power, And The Pursuit Of Office

By Alan Ehrenhalt
Times Books, 1991
309 pp. $23.00
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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.

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