Social Sciences (3XY)

This book, People and Politics: an Introduction to Political Science, by Herbert Winter and Thomas Bellows (DDC = 32W.XYZ) , was terrible. Puerile and poorly written, it is easy to understand why it took so very long to read (even leaving aside the fact that I've only been reading a few minutes a day in the evening). The few passages and footnotes worthy of... well... note, are noted below.

Paul Goodman, "The First American Party System" in William Nesbitt Chambers and Walter Dean Burnham, eds., The American Party Systems: Stages of Political Development (New York: Oxford University Press, 1967), does not refer to some awesome entertainment manual compiled by George Washington.

From a British MP's letter to a constituent:

You know, and I know, that I bought this constituency. You know, and I know, that I am now determined to sell it, and you know what you think I don't know, that you are now looking for another buyer, and I know, what you certainly don't know, that I have now found another constituency to buy.

About what you said about the excise [tax]: may God's curse light upon you all, and may it make your homes as open and free to the excise officers as you wives and daughters have always been to me while I have represented your rascally constituency

Robert Bendiner, Obstacle Course on Capitol Hill (New Your: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1964). An obstacle course on Capitol Hill would be rad. I'm picturing something like Double Dare, with legislators rooting through slime to get at the phone numbers of wealthy donors.


susan said...

Yeah, I think I'll be making a trip over to the library to pick out a different one for this category. ;)

MC Squared said...

Double Dare is nice, but I was thinking something like American Gladiators. The Capitol steps would be completely removed, leaving a sheer wall of marble with a robe climb hanging from the top. In order to get to the rope climb, of course (by course?), they'd have to get through the gauntlet, the joust, and a myriad of other events where the people could attack them. Lobbyists not allowed, they already rule inside the Capitol.

MC Squared said...

rope*, although a robe climb sounds interesting.

susan said...

The robe climb is part the Obstacle Course of the Supreme Court. Duh. ;)