On the House : A Washington Memoir
by Boehner, John

The former Speaker of the House shares candid tales from Washington, D.C.'s halls of power, offering insight into America's Republican Party and the leadership successes and failures of presidents from the past half century.

JOHN BOEHNER served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2011-2015. A member of the Republican party, he was the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 8th congressional district from 1991 to 2015. Today he is a Senior Policy Advisor at Squire Patton Boggs, US LLP and serves on the Steward Health Care board of directors.

Much anticipated tell-all by the former speaker of the House of Representatives. Boehner (b. 1949), the former Ohio congressman who served as speaker from 2011 to 2015, has a flair for the crude mot juste and a willingness to scrap, as when he told Don Young, a powerful, long-serving fellow Republican, "Fuck you." Granted, Young had put a knife up to his throat-a knife, Young would later say, that grew longer and sharper every time Boehner told the story. The author, who grew up in his father's Ohio bar, has plenty of stories to tell. Some of them come with grudging admiration: He never liked Trump, but he gives him credit for his ruthless political maneuvering. He laments the radical craziness of the current GOP, touting Mitt Romney as the kind of conservative who should have led the party "before the rabble-rousers decided he wasn't a big enough lunatic for their liking." Not that Boehner cares much for Obama and the left either, whom he accuses of arrogance-though he does write about his friendships with Teddy Kennedy and Joe Biden. Valuable lessons in crossing the aisle came from Gerald Ford, who kept him from becoming "a bomb-throwing Meadows/Mulvaney-type jackass." In passing, after denigrating almost everyone in national politics, Boehner corrects his bibulous image. As he writes, he preferred beer when he came to D.C., learned that hard liquor was a recipe for disaster, and switched to red wine. "Drinking wine is a marathon, not a sprint, and makes sense for the more mature drinker," he counsels. That, a pack of cigarettes, and a golf club, and he seems to have quite enough to keep him contented far from the fray. Boehner doesn't take himself too seriously, but this is a serious study in how our politics went so far off track. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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