Death of the Senate: My Front Row Seat to the Demise of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body

(Author) (Foreword by)
& 1 more

Product Details

$34.95  $32.50
Potomac Books
Publish Date
7.7 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.1 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Ben Nelson is a politician, businessman, and lawyer who served as the thirty-seventh governor of Nebraska from 1991 to 1999 and as a United States senator from Nebraska from 2001 to 2013. Visit the author's website at


"Sen. Ben Nelson was a workmanlike senator; serious, bipartisan, curious, and capable. This book is a reflection of his work on big issues that seem distant but inform our present: the Bush tax cuts, 9/11 and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, TARP, the Affordable Care Act, and early Senate feuds over judicial appointments--including the one over Brett Kavanaugh. Nelson explains how legislation moves; how relationships are built and how they sometimes shift; how the gears of government grind or mesh--depending on the way they are used or misused. . . . You can hear a straightforward plea for a Senate in which senators can without sanction move between both parties and forge compromise; a place where movement is valued over stasis; a place where ideology doesn't ceaselessly triumph over practicality."--Major Garrett, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News
"Ben Nelson is a prankster but this book isn't intended to be one of his jokes. He's dead right. The Senate as a widely admired deliberative body is in danger of becoming a smaller version of the fractious, divided House. With humor, behind-the-scenes drama, and thoughtful insights about the Senate's decline, Nelson also includes perceptive comments from a number of our colleagues to offer a way forward--so we all can save the Senate!"--Claire McCaskill, former U.S. senator (Missouri)
"Ben Nelson's book has never been more timely or necessary. With sharp insight, honesty, and wit he takes readers inside the United States Senate to reveal how this bulwark of our democracy worked well not so long ago. Nelson traces its fall into partisan division and rancor and outlines how we all can restore the Senate--through bipartisanship, courtesy, and a willingness to see past each others' differences, for the benefit of all Americans."--Harry Reid, former U.S. Senate Democratic leader (Nevada)
"Ben Nelson paints a clear picture of the way things in American politics ought to be, but this book equally reveals what the political reality is today. Nelson then mixes in messages of hope to remind us about what politics can be, but he leaves it to us to determine what American politics will be in the future."--Mark Pryor, former U.S. senator (Arkansas)
"Senator Ben Nelson offers compelling insights about his time as a conscientious public servant--as he covers historical events and issues such as 9/11, the Affordable Care Act, Supreme Court appointments, dealings with U.S. presidents, and more. Politics was his way of life and the book reads as a folksy narrative by a senator in the know. Democratic U.S. senators from Nebraska have been rare. It is noteworthy throughout the book how Senator Nelson could navigate through the Republican voters and prevail as a governor and a senator. I am not sure when another Ben Nelson Democrat will emerge."--Peter J. Longo, author of Great Plains Politics
"Mr. Nelson . . . has become discouraged by what he sees. His coming memoir is titled Death of the Senate, and although Mr. Nelson concedes that the institution still has a pulse, he sees it as gasping for breath even as Mr. Biden and some current centrist members struggle to produce a semblance of bipartisanship."--New York Times-- (7/3/2021 12:00:00 AM)
"Nelson gives you an inside, behind the scenes look at how the U.S. Senate works--when it works. He also has a series of prescriptions on how to break the gridlock."--Dennis Crawford,
"With humor, insight, and firsthand details, Nelson makes the case that the 'heart of the deal' is critical and describes how this was a focus for him during his Senate tenure. He illustrates how and why the bipartisan spirit in the Senate faded away in the Senate, and offers solutions that can restore its vaunted status."--Jason Schott, Brooklyn Digest-- (9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM)