Publication date:13 April 2010
Length of book:322 pages
The Roads to Congress 2008 offers readers straightfoward and detailed case studies of the campaigns, candidates, key issues, and outcomes of over one dozen of the most important and interesting races of 2008. This includes both House and Senate campaigns, contests from all regions of the country, and seats held by Democrats and Republicans, as well as open seats. Every two years the pageantry of American politics unfolds when all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and roughly one-third of those in the U.S. Senate are up for election. These elections provide voters with an opportunity to evaluate their members of Congress and the institution as a whole. They also offer a regular and frequent barometer for the health and practice of American democracy. The 2008 election cycle, in particular, was in many ways one of the most intriguing and pivotal elections in many years and for many reasons, which are explored in this book.
The Roads to Congress is most insightful, highly organized, well-researched, and entertaining. It is a major contribution to the literature because it does what few books do in this area: the authors actually take the reader inside these congressional districts and states and convey what happens during real campaigns. The information presented in these chapters is expert, cogent, knowledgeable, and well-documented. Students will find it highly accessible, and anyone who is thinking about running for Congress must read this book.