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Lavish parties. Committee chairmanships for sale. Pay-to-play corruption. Backroom arm-twisting. Votes on major legislation going to the highest bidder.

Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) is blowing the whistle on the real-life House of Cards going on behind the scenes in our nation's capital. Elected in 2014 as president of one of the largest Republican freshman classes ever to enter Congress, Buck quickly realized why nothing gets done in Congress, and it isn't because of political gridlock - in fact, Republicans and Democrats work together all too well to fleece taxpayers and plunge America deeper into debt.

"It is an insular process directed by power-hungry party elites who live like kings and govern like bullies," Buck reports.

Buck has witnessed firsthand how the unwritten rules of Congress continually prioritize short-term political gain over lasting, principled leadership. When Buck tangled with Washington power brokers like former Speaker John Boehner, he faced petty retaliation. When he insisted Republicans keep their word to voters, he was berated on the House floor by his own party leaders. When other members of Congress dared to do what they believed to be right for America instead of what the party bosses commanded, Buck saw them stripped of committee positions and even denied dining room privileges by the petty beltway bullies.

In Drain the Swamp, Buck names names and tells incredible true stories about what really happened behind closed doors in Congress during legislative battles that have ensued over the last two years, including budget, continuing resolutions, omnibus, trade promotion authority, Iran, and more.

©2017 Ken Buck (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Important book with good suggestions. Audio skips

If you could sum up Drain the Swamp in three words, what would they be?

Really good book on the topic and one that is sure to create more waves. Problem with the audio skipping Chapter 9 entirely--tried several times to play that section, all skipping.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not about characters?

What three words best describe Brian Holsopple’s voice?

Solid, strong, smooth

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

not applicable

Any additional comments?

I hope Audible will get a clean copy of the complete audio because Chapter 9 is important. Rating would be much better for performance if the audio were complete. I also recommend the text copy to see more information not included in the audio version.

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  • Kim
  • Fresno, CA, United States
  • 04-15-17

Ken Buck, A True Conservative Tells it Like it is.

Conservative Review gives Rep. Ken Buck an "A" rating 94%. This book will make it very clear why CR holds him in such high esteem.
The book is well read and very interesting, I loved it!

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If you care about democracy, read this

What did you love best about Drain the Swamp?

The free and honest sharing of disgusting behavior by our elected individuals on both sides of the isle. This is a must read that will prompt activity on the readers part.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Drain the Swamp?

The longer representatives are there the worse their behavior. This is a testimony for term limits.

What about Brian Holsopple’s performance did you like?

Well read, easy to listen to.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I need to take action.

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So easy to understand

This was the best book I have ever read to easily understand how the Swamp started “ literally “ and how it runs. It’s fantastic. I have sent this book to friends more than any other book I have purchased.

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Enlightening

It's good to learn the truth about the swamp and what we can do to help drain it.

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This book will teach you something you didn't know

full of information that only an insider would know, this book is educational with a few really good stories for fun.

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Drain away kick them all out of WASHINGTON D.C.

For many years I have been an outspoken person for term limits, & all the issues so well expressed in this book, If only President Elect Donald J. Trump would remember there is "three branches of our government". The Author couldn't have stated anymore clearly than he did. I truly believe all of those so called "swamp people" should be only allowed to serve 8 years in D.C. just like the President. I am so put off by those in the House of Representatives & our Senators shouldn't pass and bill that they themselves don't adhere to (Affordable Health Care) is one example. This was definitely an eye opener & should be read by "Every Registered Voter in America".

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A Must Read!

An exceptionally well written explanation of ehat is wrong with our government and ehat we can do to fix it.

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a frank & enlightening insight into the gov swamp

an. excellent example of why we, the American people who remember what the USA government was supposed to be, need to support the draining of the government swamp it truly has become...
excellent read....

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Drain the swamp: a good start

This book is something all Americans should read. When you realize the corruption of money that controls both parties and thus controls our laws, you will be flabbergasted. Congressman Buck offers Number of solutions that are very good. However, you must remember he is a far right wing Tea Party member. He is very myopic want to comes to moderate or liberal ideas. Like most members of the show called freedom caucus in congress he is someone who looks backwards not forward. In this book, he does not mention once the citizens United ruling and campaign-finance reform. That is one of the underlying problems that is facing us today, but he does not address. Still, I would suggest everybody reading this book. Just be careful of the messenger with his own political, backward agenda.