". . . one of the best books on life in Washington to have been published in this century."
"One of the most illuminating political memoirs of our time."
—George Will, Newsweek
"There is in the book the poise and quiet passion of a man who sees the absurdities of politics and politicians and who still believes this nation can be governed for good ends."
"A first-rate book . . . as 'literary' in the best sense as it is political."
"If you will imagine a compound of Rousseau, Henry Adams, and East Texas, you will have some sense of the dimensions and the pleasures of this extraordinary book."
—Daniel Patrick Moynihan