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A list of key readings about U.S. Congress.
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  • Congressional Quarterly. Guide to Congress, 6th edition (2007) 1441 pages
  • Congressional Quarterly. Politics in America: 2008 (2007); ISBN: 0-87289-547-5 1224pp, covers every member of Congress; details and samples
  • Baker, Ross K. House and Senate, 3rd ed. New York: W. W. Norton. (2000).
  • Barone, Michael, and Richard E. Cohen. The Almanac of American Politics, 2008 (2007), elaborate detail on every district and member; 1920 pages; new edition every 2 years since 1976
  • Davidson, Roger H., and Walter J. Oleszek. (1998). Congress and Its Members, 6th ed. Washington DC: Congressional Quarterly.
  • Hastert, Dennis, Tom Daschle, and David Silverberg. Congress for Dummies (2002)
  • Lee, Frances and Bruce Oppenheimer. Sizing Up the Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation. University of Chicago Press. (1999).
  • Rimmerman, Craig A. "Teaching Legislative Politics and Policy Making." Political Science Teacher, 3 (Winter 1990): 16–18.
  • Ritchie, Donald A. "What Makes a Successful Congressional Investigation." OAH Magazine of History, 11 (Spring 1997): 6–8.
  • Tarr, David R., and Ann O'Connor. Congress A to Z (CQ Congressional Quarterly) (4th ed 2003) 605pp


  • American National Biography (1999), contains biographies of all politicians no longer alive.
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005. 2005. biographical entries for every person who ever served; Biographical Directory online.
  • Alexander, De Alva Stanwood. History and Procedure of the House of Representatives. (1916) online edition
  • Carroll, Holbert N. The House of Representatives and Foreign Affairs 1958 online edition
  • Davidson, Roger H., Susan Webb Hammond, Raymond W. Smock, eds; Masters of the House: Congressional Leadership over Two Centuries Westview Press, 1998 online edition
  • Galloway, George B. History of the House of Representatives 1962 online edition
  • Herrick, Rebekah. "Gender effects on job satisfaction in the House of Representatives." Women and Politics, (2001). 23 (4), 85–98.
  • Hunt, Richard. (1998). "Using the Records of Congress in the Classroom," OAH Magazine of History, 12 (Summer): 34–37.
  • MacNeil, Neil. Forge of Democracy: The House of Representatives (1963) popular history by a well-informed journalist online edition
  • Remini, Robert V. The House: The History of the House of Representatives (2006) the standard scholarly history excerpt and text search
  • Ritchie, Donald A. (1997). "What Makes a Successful Congressional Investigation." OAH Magazine of History, 11 (Spring): 6–8.
  • Strahan, Randall. Leading Representatives: The Agency of Leaders in the Politics of the U.S. House (2007) focus on Henry Clay, Thomas Reed, and Newt Gingrich
  • Zelizer, Julian E. On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and its Consequences, 1948-2000 (2004)
  • Zelizer, Julian E. ed. The American Congress: The Building of Democracy (2004), essays by leading scholars excerpt and text search