Congress is racing into its August break trying to break Olympic hurdles in terms of âhardâ infrastructure, âhuman infrastructureâ, reconciliation, a budget resolution, budget bills and other last-minute priorities. For most of my former colleagues, the break (if they actually get one) will be relative paradise: no impending midterm elections, no attack reports or mask-suffocating plane rides between their districts and Washington. You can actually enjoy a semblance of summer.
I asked about a dozen senators and MPs what was on their summer reading lists. Here are some highlights:
We have to start with someone who knows a good book if they read or write one. Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Goldman Sachs – Democrats lean on medium-term strategy as Senate gets back to work‘s (D-Fig.) “Every day is a giftâIs one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. When I asked about her summer reading list, she sent a screenshot of her Audible picks, including one that seems perfectly appropriate for our current political climate: “Calm the fuck downâBy Sarah Ritter. For an even better perspective of nature and the universe, Duckworth is working on Steven Hawkings âA brief history of time. ”
Chairman of the Republican Conference of the House of Representatives Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikMcCarthy, GOP faces a delicate dance on January 6th, Biden stabs McConnell for highlighting the bill he voted against Trump, GOP picks up on problems of the NY Electoral Committee on MORE (RN.Y.) turned to a particularly important genre this summer. “Since my husband and I are longingly expecting our first child, we read recommended baby prep books from sleep strategies to Mayo Clinic guidebooks!” She told me. She also mentioned the former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBiden sister has book deal due to be released in April Are maskless members of the house being ridiculed? Israel, Democrats and the Middle East Problem MORE‘s memoir, “On the House“Described it as” fun beach read for anyone who knows John Boehner or wants a real inside look at Washington. Have served in the BÃ¶hnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBiden sister has book deal due to be released in April Are maskless members of the house being ridiculed? Israel, Democrats and the Middle East Problem MORE My favorite roles actually come from before my term in office, when John was a newly elected renegade in the House of Representatives who exposed scandals! “
If you’re the chairman of the Democratic Congress campaign committee, you’ll spend August fighting from battlefield to battlefield. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) ‘s airplane reading will include:Tyrant: Shakespeare on PoliticsâWhich explores the psychoses of personalities such as Richard III, Macbeth and King Lear, among others. (No current member of Congress is included).
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThis Week: Congress Begins Summer Sprint Schumer Warns of Danger of August Recession as Infrastructure Work Picks Up Court Ruling Leads to Fierce Technology Battle (D-Minn.) Revealed the three titles that were packed in her suitcase: “PremonitionBy Michael Lewis; “The night watchmanâBy Louise Erdrich (a Minnesotan); and “Hiking the North Shore: 50 Fabulous Day Hikes in Minnesota’s Spectacular Lake Superior“By Andrew Slade (which seems like good read if you are actually on a day hike in Minnesota’s spectacular Lake Superior).
representative Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeOvernight Health Care: FDA Adds New Warning About J&J COVID-19 Vaccine | WHO chief pushes back Pfizer booster shot | Fauci defends Biden’s support for recommending vaccines “one on one” HHS spending advances with no Hyde amendment Now that the ear tags are back, it is time to ban “poison pills” drivers MORE (R-Okla.) Is probably one of the most widely read members on both sides of the aisle. “I’m just halfway through a great book by Eric Lindner”,Tiger in the Sea: Ditching the Flying Tiger 923â, A harrowing story of the survival of the crew and passengers on a Lockheed Constellation airliner that had to make an emergency landing one night during a storm in the middle of the North Atlantic in 1962. Next comes a recommendation for Cole from Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas): “The Hundred Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as a Global Superpower. ”
Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van Hollen Democrats close deal to release massive infrastructure laws Senators urge Biden to sanction Beijing for closing Hong Kong’s Apple Daily (D-Md.) Informs about his work in the Committee for Banks, Housing and Urban Development with the reading “The color of money: black banks and the racial wealth gapâBy Mehrsa Baradaran. He describes it as “a deep look into the stories of black banks and the people who organized them”. Daniel James Brown’s non-fiction book âThe boys in the boatâAbout the nine American rowers who won gold at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
How do you find calm amid a bloody statewide campaign for the US Senate? Ohio rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDOJ Shares Jan 6th Police Misconduct Report With Senate GOP Report Proposes Emergency Funding To Capitol Police Amid Spending War JD Vance: Trump Looks At People Who “His A – All The Time kiss “as” weak “‘MORE (D) Ryan Holidays reads “Silence is the key. “His political choice:”The wealth of this land“Jim Tankersley’s Exploration of the Decline and Revival of the American Middle Class.
representative Seth MoultonSeth MoultonLawmakers, Supporters Call for Details on Afghan Biden Government Evacuation Plan to Evacuate Afghans Who Helped the US Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton Call for More High Speed ââRail Funding in the MORE Infrastructure Package (D-Mass.) Is considering reading again “All the light that we can’t see“, Which he describes as” one of my favorite novels of all time “. Also on his list: “Endurance: Shackleton’s incredible journey“By Alfred Lansing (1959) and Jefferson Morleys”The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spy Master James Jesus Angleton. “
representative Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongTrump dissatisfied with Guilfoyle, who supports Greitens: Report from Giuliani to blunt for Greitens in Missouri Trump brings show to the limit MORE (R-Mo.), One of the funniest and most sociable Republicans in the house for my money, reads “Ride The Devil’s Herd: Wyatt Earp’s epic battle against the greatest outlaw gang in the west. âLong said,â I like the post-civil war story, especially in the west. [Earp] spent some time in Lamar, MO in law enforcement. âOh, he also pointed out anâ interesting chapter here about how the 1880 Democrats ironically rigged and stole an election for the Pima County AZ sheriff â.
representative Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerActivists see momentum as three new states legalize marijuana (DN.Y.) has an eclectic list of “Basics“(Quantum mechanics) to”The new anti-Semitism. âRepresentative Grace MengGrace MengHouse Sends Anti-Asian Hate Laws To Biden’s Desk Senate Makes Hate Crime Agreements, Sets Up Thursday passage Jim Jordan, Val Demings yells at police as he hears MORE (DN.Y.) reads “From whisper to collective scream R: The Assassination of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian-American Movement âby Paula Yoo. The new House member Richie Torres (DN.Y.) is time for Jonathan Rauch’s âThe Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of the Truth“Because he said:” In the age of social media, we increasingly no longer know what it means to know. “
Then there is my former colleague – now Governor of Washington – Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee, California’s forest fire grows to 13,000 acres, threatens marijuana farms, states spend big when water levels drop, increasing the risk of catastrophic fires. He demonstrated his strategic talent for book advertising by writing his summer picks: “Apollo’s fire” and “Big gunsâWritten by, well, Jay and Inslee Steve IsraelSteven (Steve) J. Israel Joe Manchin’s secret ex-sen. Cory Gardner Joins Lobbying Firm America Must Keep Promise To Afghan Translators MORE. It makes sense to add David Montgomery’s “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization. “
That was as close as any to dirty politics.
Steve Israel represented New York in the US House of Representatives for eight terms and was Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 2011 to 2015. Today he is director of the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University. Follow him on Twitter @RepSteveIsrael.