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MDC Library

The MDC political lending library is open!


This library was assembled with one of MDC’s goals in mind: lifelong learning about politics. Our catalogue below lists donated books on a variety of political subjects: history, biography, economics, public policy and more. Each book is stamped with the MDC logo and the name of its donor.


Books may be checked out by making a request to MDC Secretary Eleanor Munro at or (206) 370-1374.  Eleanor will bring the book(s) to the next MDC meeting you plan to attend or make other suitable arrangements. We do not have funds to mail books, although you may certainly return them by mail if you choose. Otherwise, you may return them at any MDC meeting.


Additional donations are always welcome. They will be catalogued and added to the collection.


We are looking for someone who would like to manage this library. If you are that person, please contact Eleanor Munro at the email address or phone number above.



Bernard M Baruch
The Public Years: My Own Story
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1960
Memoirs of an elder statesman.


Carl Bernstein
Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir
Simon and Schuster, New York, 1989
Bernstein’s story of his family and its influence on his politics and writing.


Sharon Boswell, Editor
RR “Bob” Grieve: An Oral History
Washington State Oral History Program, Olympia, 2001


Stimson Bullitt
To Be A Politician
Willow Press, Seattle, 1994 – updated edition
(First edition published by Doubleday & Co, 1959)
(Signed by Stimson Bullitt to Allan Munro)
Reflections on what it is to be a politician.


Robert Caro
The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1982
First of three volumes of a political biography of President Johnson.


Robert Caro
Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1990
Second of three volumes of a political biography of President Johnson.


Robert Caro
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Vintage Books, New York, 2003
Third of three volumes of a political biography of President Johnson.


William J Chambliss
On the Take: From Petty Crooks to Presidents
Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1978
With an emphasis on Seattle, Chambliss documents scandals of all kinds at all levels of government.


Henry Steele Commager
The American Mind: An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 1880s
Yale University Press, New Haven, 1950
An investigation based on the premise that there is a “distinctively American way of thought, character, and conduct.”


Henry Steel Commager, Editor
Documents of American History
Meredith Publishing Company, New York, 1963
(Signed by Stimson Bullitt – a gift from Payson Hall, 1965)

A compilation of fundamental sources of American history beginning with “Privileges and Prerogatives Granted to Columbus, April 30, 1492,”and ending with Kennedy’s “Proclamation on Removal of Soviet Weapons from Cuba, October 24, 1962.”


Jeff Douthwaite
A Lively Legislative Life
RoseDog Books, Pennsylvania, 2005
Jeff’s chronicle of his nine years as a Washington state representative.


William L Dwyer
The Goldmark Case: An American Libel Trial
University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1984
The story of the Goldmark trial by counsel for the accused.


Robert H Ferrell, Editor
Dear Bess: The Letters from Harry to Bess Truman, 1910-1959
W.W. Norton & Company, New York 1983
Letters with introductions to each section.


Al Franken
Lies And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them; A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Dutton, New York, 2003
An exploration of the rhetoric of the right primarily as it relates to the Bush administration.


Dennis L Heck
Challenges & Opportunities: The Transformation of Washington’s Schools
Advance Washington, Seattle, 1987
A description of the status of education in our state, what education should be, and how we can progress to that point.


Chris Hedges
War is a Force That Gives us Meaning
Public Affairs, New York, 2002
A meditation on the reality of war and our addiction to it.


Blair Kauffman and Bonnie Collier
Law in America; An Illustrated Celebration
Hugh Lauter Levin Associates Inc, 2001
A large coffee-table overview of the history of law in America with elaborate photos and descriptions of famous trials, landmark decisions and related subjects.


Matthew Klingle
Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle
Yale University Press, New York, 2007
The story of a major metropolis and its use and misuse of its environment.


Edward I Koch with William Rauch
Simon and Schuster, New York, 1984
A memoir.


Mark Lane
Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?
Thunder’s Mouth Press, New York, 1991
Another exploration of the mystery and controversy surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.


David McCullough
John Adams
Simon & Schuster, New York, 2001
A biography of our second president.


William Miller
A New History of the United States
George Braziller, Inc, New York, 1958
An interpretation of the historic events that brought us to the present and how they will influence the future.


William (Fishbait) Miller as told to Frances Spatz Leighton
Fishbait: The Memoirs of The Congressional Doorkeeper
Prentice-Hall Inc, New Jersey, 1977
Stories and scandals of the highest order.


Norval Morrris and Gordon Hawkins
The Honest Politician’s Guide to Crime Control
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1969
Addresses the problem of reducing crime and fear of crime.


Richard Munson
The Power Makers: The Inside Story of America’s Biggest Business…and Its Struggle to Control Tomorrow’s Electricity
Rodale Press, Emmaus PA, 1985
Title is self-explanatory.


Greg Palast
Armed Madhouse
Dutton, New York, 2006
Stories behind the stories of corporate mismanagement and political fraud that have turned the land of opportunity into a land of fear and suspicion.


Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson
The Case Against Congress: A Compelling Indictment of Corruption on Capitol Hill
Simon and Schuster, New York, 1968
A story of the misconduct of the leaders who populate our nation’s capitol.


Roland Perry
Hidden Power: the Programming of the President
Beaufort Books Inc, New York, 1984
“This book traces the contest between the two most successful strategists of the modern political era: Richard Wirthlin and Patrick Caddell.”


Clyde Prestowitz
Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions
Basic Books, New York, 2003
An explanation of the roots of unilateralism and its influence on every aspect of American government.


Leo Rangell, MD
The Mind of Watergate: An Exploration of the Compromise of Integrity
W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1980
Psychoanalysis of the Watergate phenomenon.


William H Rehnquist
All the Laws But One: Civil Liberties in Wartime
Vintage Books, New York, 1998
A history of civil liberties and national security during wartime.


Robert A Rutland
James Madison and the Search for Nationhood
The Library of Congress, Washington, 1981
A history of our fourth president written as part of the celebration of the construction of the Library of Congress’s James Madison Memorial Building.


Shelby Scates
Warren G Magnuson: and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century America
University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1997
(Autographed copy)
A political history of the scope and influence of the accomplishments of one of Washington’s best-known politicians.


James F Simon
What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States
Simon & Shuster, New York, 2002
The confrontation between the second president and the first Supreme Court justice over the role of the federal government regarding states’ rights and the authority of the Supreme Court to interpret laws.


Arthur M Schlesinger Jr
The Crisis of Confidence: Ideas, Power and Violence in America
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1967
(Signed by Stimson Bullitt, 1/70)

An exploration of the apparent loss of American’s confidence in governance because of violence and war.


Arthur M Schlesinger Jr
A Life in the 20th Century; Innocent Beginnings, 1917-1950
Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 2000
(Signed by Stimson Bullitt, November 2000)
First volume in Schlesinger’s autobiography.


Arthur M Schlesinger Jr
The Imperial Presidency
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1973
A discussion of the expansion and abuse of presidential power in a government based on the separation of powers.


Arthur M Schlesinger Jr
The Politics of Hope: Some searching explorations into American politics and culture.
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1963
The subtitle says it all.


Arthur M Schlesinger Jr
The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society
WW Norton & Company, New York, 1991
(Signed by Stimson Bullitt 5/92)
An essay on ethnicity and the liberal agenda


Arthur M Schlesinger Jr
Robert Kennedy and His Times
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1978
(Signed by Stimson Bullitt, 8/78)
A biography of Robert Kennedy.


Payton Smith
Rosellini: Immigrant’s Son and Progressive Governor
University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1997
A political history of Washington’s Governor Albert Rosellini.


Adlai Stevenson
Speeches of Adlai Stevenson
With a Foreword by John Steinbeck and a Brief Biography of Adlai Stevenson by Debs Myers and Ralph Martin
Random House, New York, 1952
A selection of speeches on a variety of issues; includes his speech of acceptance at the Democratic National Convention, 1952.


Jane C Thompson, Editor
Wit & Wisdom of Hubert H. Humphrey
Partners Press, Ltd, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1984
Primarily quotes from Humphrey’s speeches.


Jeffrey Toobin
The Nine: Inside The Secret World of the Supreme Court
Doubleday, New York, 2007
An explanation of how the modern Supreme Court works.


Paul Tsongas
The Road From Here: Liberalism and Realities in the 1980s
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1981
Tsongas’s new approach to liberalism.


Melvin I Urofsky, Editor
The Douglas Letters: Selections from the Private Papers of Justice William O. Douglas
Adler & Adler, Bethesda, Maryland, 1987
A selection of letters and memoranda.


Roger A Van Winkle and Vernon F Anderson
In the Arena: The Care and Feeding of American Politics
Harper & Row, New York, 1976
A text about running for office.


Richard Wexler
Wounded Innocents: The Real Victims of the War Against Child Abuse
Prometheus Books, Buffalo, New York, 1990
A description of how protecting children by placing them in foster care often hurts them and their families more than it helps.


Joseph Wheelan
Mr. Adams’s Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams’s Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress.
Public Affairs, New York, 2008
A study in how President John Quincy Adams “redeemed his failed presidency.”


James Q Wilson
Thinking About Crime
Basic Books, New York, 1975
How  beliefs about the causes of criminal behavior affect political decisions.


Jules Witcover and Richard M Cohen
A Heartbeat Away: The Investigation & Resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
The Viking Press, New York, 1974
A story of the scandal that brought down the infamous vice president.