Richard Cohen is author of Rostenkowski: The Pursuit of Power and the End of The Old Politics.

Daniel Rostenkowki was schooled in the hard realities of Chicago politics. He was a natural talent and a quick learner. He soon needed a larger canvass and found it in Washington. There he carved out a legendary career on the House Ways and Means Committee. But his "big-shouldered style" soon ran afoul of the reform movement underway in the House of Representatives. Richard Cohen describes the rise and fall of a man, a style and an era.