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Your Capitol Hill Summer Reading List
From a congressional whodunit to lawmaker memoirs to Civil War time travel

California Sen. Barbara Boxer writes about the difference between toughness and anger in her latest book, "The Art of Tough." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It turns out Ben Rhodes isn't the only aspiring author in #‎ThisTown . More than a few Washington authors got their start drafting bills on Capitol Hill before trying for a best-seller. From former Hill staffers to party leaders to a congressman who calls himself only “X,” here are a few of the latest reads from authors with Capitol Hill ties for your summer recess reading pleasure.

No woman makes it through more than three decades in national politics without being tough and Boxer’s latest book lays out all the gritty details. Part memoir, part motivational manual, Boxer recounts her career in Congress and defines “the art of tough,” including knowing when to stand your ground and how to know the difference between toughness and anger. Boxer even kicks off the book with few choice quotes from her harshest critics, including: “[Barbara Boxer] is quite possibly the biggest doofus to ever enter the Senate chamber, including janitorial staff, pizza delivery kids, and carpenter ants.” Read the book to understand the context — you’ll be glad you did.

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