I want to read this and Trent Lott's book. Lott was a wheeler and dealer, and in looking at today's politics, its interesting to see how he did. Jesse Helms was a force of his own, a constant foe of anything that caught his ire. How he was able to shape the government being just a senator would be very interesting to learn. i'm also glad to see he, in retirement, still going strong and trying to do some good (working with churches on the AIDS crisis, for example).