"The Power Game" Book Review by Research Group

"The Power Game"
A review of the book "The Power Game: How Washington Works" by Hedrick Smith, an account of how power works in Washington.
# 26918 | 2,612 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 20, 2003 in Political Science (U.S.) , Literature (General)

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The paper examines Hedrick Smith's book "The Power Game: How Washington Works" in which he presents what he learned during his years as the "New York Times'" Washington bureau chief and chief Washington correspondent. It discusses how his style of writing is informative and how although the stories can be illuminating, they carry the burden of his argument which is not at all systematic in his approach. In particular, it looks how Smith deals with the power "game" as it was played during the Reagan years how his analysis of the period in the book is is naive and uninteresting.

From the Paper:

"The neglect of these parts of government might not be a major issue, but in a book where the transitory nature of government is a major concern it seems odd that Smith is not more interested in the numerous agencies that are, more or less, permanent and carry out much of the government's actual work. Yet this absence also points to the third major problem with Smith's book which is that his focus on the presidency and his secondary emphasis on Congress are direct reflections of the news media's sound-bite and photo-opportunity solution to covering Washington politics. Of course, Smith acknowledges that the presidential, image "is misleading [and] it exaggerates the actual power of the presidency, which is considerably less than suggested by the public attention which gets focused on the single figure at the apex of out political system" (emphasis added, 10). He goes on to explain that "as a nation, we focus obsessively on the president," and this occurs "largely because the president is one person whom it is easy for television to portray and whom the public feels it can come to know" and so "the press, especially television, have fallen into an unconscious conspiracy to create a cartoon caricature of the real system of power" (emphases added, 10)"

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