Congress, Presidents, and American Politics: 50 Years of Writings and Reflections with Lee Hamilton

National Archives
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Washington, D.C. 20408

Recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former member of Congress Lee Hamilton reflects on Congress and the presidency and the lessons to be learned from years past.

When he joined the Congress in 1965 as a U.S. representative from southern Indiana, he began writing commentaries for his constituents describing his experiences, impressions, and developing views of what was right and wrong in American politics.

His service in the House spanned many national milestones over 50 years: the protests of the sixties, the Vietnam War, the Great Society reforms, the Watergate and Iran-Contra affairs, and the post-9/11 years as the vice chairman of the 9/11 commission.

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