The Congressional ethics process has been transformed into a lethal, partisan political tool, feared by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. . Newt Gingrich, the Ghengis Khan of recent American politics, wrenched the humdrum Congressional ethics process out of its lethargy and turned it into an offensive tool for partisan gain. Now, instead of yawning, lawmakers quake at the thought of an ethics inquiry that can easily, often unfairly, tip elections and ruin careers. While members of the House and Senate confront the public's changing attitudes toward money, sex, and power, they are also forced to raise ever-escalating sums to finance their campaigns. Practices tolerated a decade ago now may cost lawmakers their seats or land them in jail. Lawmakers often don't know if they live in Salem or Gomorrah. Using new information culled from dozens of Capitol Hill interviews, Sue and Marty Tolchin show how ethics in Washington have changed over two centuries while offering new interpretations of past ethics cases. The first book to analyse the politicization of the ethics process, Glass Houses reveals in wicked and telling detail the forces that drive the modern lawmaker into a maelstrom of fierce corruption battles.

chapter 1|19 pages

The Ethics Wars

chapter 2|14 pages

The Apple and Other Temptations

The Evolution of Congressional Ethics

chapter 3|13 pages

Joe McCarthy and the Ethics Process

chapter 4|11 pages

Abscam and the “Keating Five”

chapter 5|15 pages

The New Rules of the Ethics Wars

chapter 6|24 pages


The Sin of Hypocrisy

chapter 8|10 pages


The Case of the Purloined Stationery

chapter 9|18 pages

The Noble Lie

Modern Ethical Dilemmas

chapter 10|11 pages

The Politics of Venom