What readers are saying about Life in the Marble Palace...
Interesting, informative, insights reference to the United States Congress and its issues and dynamics. Once started, I could not put it down and I read it all of the way through. To paraphrase the old saying "politics is like sausage, you don't want to see it made."
As a former 24-year Member of Congress, Cliff Stearns provides an intriguing look into our legislative branch, especially the House of Representatives. In a series of essays, Stearns takes us into the the U.S. Capitol and congressional offices and gives the reader his unique insight of how the process works – the fundraising, casting votes, balancing the elected officials’ values and experiences with those of the constituents.
Good description of the "swamp" by former Congressman Stearns.
If you think Life in the Marble Palace is just another typical memoir by a former
"Life in the Marble Palace" is a surprise. It's hard to find a Congressional memoir whose work and author-facing the "dirty devices of the world"... still retain that quintessential American characteristic-optimism.
"This work delivers a thoughtful appraisal of American democracy and an edifying peek into the corridors of political power. An assemblage of admirably forthcoming first-person essays about the practice of American legislation."
"This congressional exposé contains much hard-won wisdom and heartfelt critique, and should be read by every concerned citizen.