America’s Political Dynasties : A review
As Adams once said (and without a blush too) “But in my country you know here is nothing hereditary in public affairs”.
Over Christmas I treated myself to a copy of American Political Families by Stephen Hess. Hess is described as a senior fellow emeritus in Governance Studies at Brookings. Brookings Institute is a think-tank in Washington specialising in Social Studies.
We might remember that Hess was, at the beginning of his career, a speech writer to President Eisenhower, and worked with President Nixon and later a Research Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
So he should know what he is talking about.
Indeed he originally wrote this book nearly fifty years ago way back in 1966, and now at age 88 he has returned to it, duly updated, perhaps as a last hurrah, perhaps to boost his pension.
Eighteen families ranging from the Adams, the…
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