The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America

The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America

The inside story of the battle to control Congress and the unsparing fight for advantage in the 2018 midterm elections With control of both the House and Senate up for grabs in 2018 and the direction of the nation resting on the outcome, never has a more savage, unrelenting fight been waged in the raptor cage that is the U.S. congress. From the torrid struggle between the...

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Title:The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America
Author:Jake Sherman
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  • Kinksrock

    This book is a view of the first two years of Trump's term (first term, and I'm hoping only term) from the perspective of Congress. It is at times gripping, at other times fun, and at other times frustrating. I was most frustrated when reading about the times that congressmen from both sides wanted to work together but were prevented from doing so by the leadership.

    One criticism: There are so many congressmen and congresswoman -- obviously not as many senators but still a lot -- that it often be

    This book is a view of the first two years of Trump's term (first term, and I'm hoping only term) from the perspective of Congress. It is at times gripping, at other times fun, and at other times frustrating. I was most frustrated when reading about the times that congressmen from both sides wanted to work together but were prevented from doing so by the leadership.

    One criticism: There are so many congressmen and congresswoman -- obviously not as many senators but still a lot -- that it often became hard to remember everyone. I had to check the index many times to see when the first mention of someone was to remind myself. This book could have used a glossary of names with short summaries about each people.

  • Chris Sosa

    "The Hill to Die On" is a well-reported and serviceable account of recent congressional history. There's unfortunately little in the way of analytical insight as the authors opt instead for a narrative play-by-play of events with which political watchers are already familiar. But readers who haven't followed the daily reporting closely will enjoy this book.

    (Note: Jake Sherman's narration sounds like it's playing at double-speed. I've never heard a narrator speak so fast. The publisher should adj

    "The Hill to Die On" is a well-reported and serviceable account of recent congressional history. There's unfortunately little in the way of analytical insight as the authors opt instead for a narrative play-by-play of events with which political watchers are already familiar. But readers who haven't followed the daily reporting closely will enjoy this book.

    (Note: Jake Sherman's narration sounds like it's playing at double-speed. I've never heard a narrator speak so fast. The publisher should adjust the audio.)

  • DJ Cheek

    On the one hand, this book carefully chronicles the events that propelled Congress from Trump's election in November 2016 through the shutdown that ended this past winter. On the other hand, this narrow scope ignores the citizen activism that generated the progressive gains in the midterms. There is nary a mention of the Women's March, the concerned citizens at Congressional town halls, the courageous ADAPT protestors, the March for Our Lives, or many other grassroots movements. There is no doub

    On the one hand, this book carefully chronicles the events that propelled Congress from Trump's election in November 2016 through the shutdown that ended this past winter. On the other hand, this narrow scope ignores the citizen activism that generated the progressive gains in the midterms. There is nary a mention of the Women's March, the concerned citizens at Congressional town halls, the courageous ADAPT protestors, the March for Our Lives, or many other grassroots movements. There is no doubt Obamacare would be repealed if not for these activists.

    Additionally there were notable factual errors in the book. The most high profile special election in the years described was the Alabama Senate race that Doug Jones won, which took place in December 2017, not in January 2018. AOC's primary victory was the fuel that lead to the defeat of the IDC and many other machine candidates in the second round of NY primaries in September - the authors reverse this order.

  • Reverenddave

    The great Charles Pierce once described Politico as “Tiger Beat on the Potomac, which manages on a regular basis to cover the worst of our politics through the worst of our political journalism.”

    It was an apt description, and while Politico has improved since then, aspects of it (like the morning playbook) still revel in that approach. So too does this book. It’s the platonic ideal of access journalism, wearing its sources on its sleeve and eschewing depth or real analysis for gossipy bon mots

    The great Charles Pierce once described Politico as “Tiger Beat on the Potomac, which manages on a regular basis to cover the worst of our politics through the worst of our political journalism.”

    It was an apt description, and while Politico has improved since then, aspects of it (like the morning playbook) still revel in that approach. So too does this book. It’s the platonic ideal of access journalism, wearing its sources on its sleeve and eschewing depth or real analysis for gossipy bon mots that will look great excerpted in a paragraph in Politico’s own Playbook.

    It’s a breakfast of chocolate frosted sugar bombs cereal, sure it gets you through the morning but you got nothing of value out of it and will feel the worse for it when you’re done.

  • Bettie☯

    The President is notorious for not paying attention to details but according to a new book, even when he was writing during a meeting, he wasn’t taking notes. Politico's Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer join Lawrence to discuss their new book and what it reveals about the Trump White House and the President’s own party.

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