Last summer, before the end of Paul Ryan’s speakership, moderate Republicans threatened a discharge petition — a technical maneuver that overrides leadership and forces open voting — to protect DREAMers from deportation, something you always read from sources close to leadership that Ryan wanted to do. The Hill To Die On takes you inside Ryan’s disappointed lectures about the farm bill, and efforts to cut off the discharge petition. “What he really didn’t want,” the authors write, “was to pass an immigration bill that essentially gave Democrats the floor. That wasn’t what the speaker did. Convention would dictate it was bad political practice.” Ryan (first introduced as “smart,” “strong,” and “vibrant”) ultimately put two bills up for a vote, one to placate each side of his party. Everyone knew they would fail, and they did. Well, it doesn’t matter anyway! Ryan, who portrays himself in this book as a passive actor upon whom power falls like weather, who failed to deliver on almost anything he espoused over his decades in Washington, has left Capitol Hill.