America's political dynasties: From Adams to Clinton
We were pleased to host Stephen Hess for our inaugural Brookings Book Club. Hess launched his new book, America’s Political Dynasties: From Adams to Clinton, which narrates the intriguing stories of eighteen dynastic families throughout American history. Cokie Roberts, political commentator for NPR and ABC News, who has her own familial connection to the Claiborne dynasty, joined the discussion.
These powerful political families have left an unforgettable legacy on the American political system, winning numerous elections across generations. Hess calls into question their impact on American democracy, and also explores how the Bushes and Clintons are currently redefining the nature of the political family.
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