America's Political Dynasties, from Adams to Bush and Clinton

Oct 21, 2015

From Adams to Kennedy to Bush and Clinton, our guest Stephen Hess says that politics as the “family business” is nothing new. In his book, he profiles eighteen of these political clans: how power passes on, how it can be lost, and why many Americans are so uncomfortable with this concept. 


  • Stephen Hess - Senior Fellow Emeritus in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute and former staffer for Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, and advisor to Presidents Ford and Carter. He is the author of America’s Political Dynasties.