Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, America's political institutions underwent radical changes as they adapted to comprehensive security reforms. While the media exhaustively covered new security protocols in the executive office, little attention was paid to other federal agencies and branches that overhauled their systems to accommodate heightened security requirements.
As a congressional fellow living in Washington, D.C., Jocelyn Jones Evans was an eyewitness to the institutional culture of Capitol Hill before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as during the subsequent anthrax scare. In One Nation Under Siege: Congress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy, Evans uses her personal experiences as the foundation for a richly researched analysis of how Congress changed as an institution and a national symbol in the wake of 9/11. Evans reveals not only physical transformations but also internal policy shifts that threaten democracy by limiting citizens' access to their elected leaders.
The only comprehensive study of the effects of terrorism on the nation's capital, One Nation Under Siege provides a detailed investigation of how the nation's intricate political system adapted in times of crisis. It covers an essential chapter in the social and political history of the United States.
""Evans uses an exhaustive, creative, and unusual combination of sources in her work... It's a very interesting read,... quite effective, and written in a compelling fashion."--Karen Kedrowski, author of Media Entrepreneurs and the Media Enterprise in the U.S. Congress" --
""Evans has written perhaps the most in-depth and best-documented study of how the U.S. Congress was impacted by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the shootings of two Capitol Police officers three years earlier...she has written a fine documentary of the subject that will serve researchers and graduate students well, along with undergraduates studying the practical effects of terrorism on U.S. political institutions."-- Choice" --
""Evans has written perhaps the most in-depth and best documented study how the US Congress was impacted by the terrorist attacks on September 11,2001, adn the shooting of two Capitol Police officers three years earlier."-- Social & Behavioral Sciences" --
""Evans argues that looking beyond the real and significant institutional changes to the internal functioning of Congress we see a simultaneous change in the symbolic functioning of our representative institutions as the result of the security and policy changes spurred by 9/11."-- APSA Legislative Studies Section Newsletter" --