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Breach of trust how Washington turns outsiders into insiders
Coburn, Tom A.
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Publication Information:
Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, [2003]

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7 audio discs (approximately 8 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact discs.
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Audiobook on CD


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JK421 .C583 2003D Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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Tom A. Coburn, a congressional maverick who kept his promise to serve three terms and then leave Washington, offers a candid look at the inner workings of Congress--why the system changes politicians instead of vice versa. Breach of Trust shows listeners, through shocking behind-the-scenes stories, why Washington resists the reform our country desperately needs and how they can make wise, informed decisions about current and future political issues and candidates. This honest and critical look at "business as usual" in Congress reveals how and why elected representatives are quickly seduced into becoming career politicians who won't push for change. Along the way, Coburn offers listeners realistic ideas for how to make a difference.

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Library Journal Review

Coburn, a former three-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1994- 2000) from Oklahoma, paints a disturbing picture that should make every American critical of the system that turns crusaders into career politicians. He offers a brutally honest look at the inner workings of Congress and Washington, DC, from the perspective of one who left office rather than be corrupted. The author details numerous arenas, including the budget process and Social Security, where he names names and actions that subvert openness and honesty in government. Everyone from Newt Gingrich to Bill Clinton is condemned for failing to distinguish their free-spending desires from true emergencies when it came to using tax dollars. Richard Fredricks's narration comes across as rich in tone but conversational in a way that allows the story to unfold steadily. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Scott R. DiMarco, Herkimer Cty. Community Coll., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.