New ‘insider’ Senate book features Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s first days

A new book on the inner workings of the U.S. Senate will include lengthy sections on Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s early days on the Hill.

“The Upper House,” by former congressional correspondent Terence Samuel, will be released next week by Palgrave Macmillan.

Samuel spent lots of time with Klobuchar and Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jim Webb, D-Va., “as they learn how life inside the Senate chambers differs from how they imagined it during their successful 2006 campaigns,” the books promotion release says.

Other senators interviewed for the book include two Minnesotans, Sen. Al Franken and former Sen. Mark Dayton.

“Exploring how the bonds of each Senate class may endure or decay in the pressurized combat of the Senate, Samuel delivers a rare portrait of today’s Senate and all of the hard-won deals and raw ambition that fill its back rooms. From the point of view of the Senators themselves, Samuel skillfully dissects the ongoing political wars and dysfunction that prevail in the Senate now, and what they mean for the state of our democracy.

Samuel was the chief congressional correspondent for U.S. News & World Report from 2000 to 2005. Previously, he was a reporter and New York bureau chief at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is currently editor-at-large at The Root and senior correspondent for The American Prospect. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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