Building Red America

Author: Thomas B. Edsall
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465018165
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Building Red America from the Author: Thomas B. Edsall. This is a masterful-and disturbing-work of political journalism that challenges all of us to wake up and take heed

Rule And Ruin

Author: Geoffrey Kabaservice
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199912904
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Rule And Ruin from the Author: Geoffrey Kabaservice. The chaotic events leading up to Mitt Romney's defeat in the 2012 election indicated how far the Republican Party had rocketed rightward away from the center of public opinion. Republicans in Congress threatened to shut down the government and force a U.S. debt default. Tea Party activists mounted primary challenges against Republican officeholders who appeared to exhibit too much pragmatism or independence. Moderation and compromise were dirty words in the Republican presidential debates. The GOP, it seemed, had suddenly become a party of ideological purity. Except this development is not new at all. In Rule and Ruin, Geoffrey Kabaservice reveals that the moderate Republicans' downfall began not with the rise of the Tea Party but about the time of President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address. Even in the 1960s, when left-wing radicalism and right-wing backlash commanded headlines, Republican moderates and progressives formed a powerful movement, supporting pro-civil rights politicians like Nelson Rockefeller and William Scranton, battling big-government liberals and conservative extremists alike. But the Republican civil war ended with the overthrow of the moderate ideas, heroes, and causes that had comprised the core of the GOP since its formation. In hindsight, it is today's conservatives who are "Republicans in Name Only." Writing with passionate sympathy for a bygone tradition of moderation, Kabaservice recaptures a time when fiscal restraint was matched with social engagement; when a cohort of leading Republicans opposed the Vietnam war; when George Romney--father of Mitt Romney--conducted a nationwide tour of American poverty, from Appalachia to Watts, calling on society to "listen to the voices from the ghetto." Rule and Ruin is an epic, deeply researched history that reorients our understanding of our political past and present. Today, following the Republicans' loss of the popular vote in five of the last six presidential contests, moderates remain marginalized in the GOP and progressives are all but nonexistent. In this insightful and elegantly argued book, Kabaservice contends that their decline has left Republicans less capable of governing responsibly, with dire consequences for all Americans. He has added a new afterword that considers the fallout from the 2012 elections.

The Age Of Austerity

Author: Thomas Byrne Edsall
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0307946452
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The Age Of Austerity from the Author: Thomas Byrne Edsall. One of our most prescient political observers provides a sobering account of how pitched battles over scarce resources will increasingly define American politics in the coming years—and how we might avoid, or at least mitigate, the damage from these ideological and economic battles. In a matter of just three years, a bitter struggle over limited resources has enveloped political discourse at every level in the United States. Fights between haves and have-nots over health care, unemployment benefits, funding for mortgage write-downs, economic stimulus legislation—and, at the local level, over cuts in police protection, garbage collection, and in the number of teachers—have dominated the debate. Elected officials are being forced to make zero-sum choices—or worse, choices with no winners. Resource competition between Democrats and Republicans has left each side determined to protect what it has at the expense of the other. The major issues of the next few years—long-term deficit reduction; entitlement reform, notably of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; major cuts in defense spending; and difficulty in financing a continuation of American international involvement—suggest that your-gain-is-my-loss politics will inevitably intensify.

The Moral Center

Author: David Callahan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156035514
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The Moral Center from the Author: David Callahan. Nothing’s the matter with Kansas: Americans voting their values are responding to a real moral crisis. And in this forceful follow-up to The Cheating Culture, David Callahan argues that the problems for most Americans are not abortion and gay marriage but rather issues that neither party is addressing—the selfishness that is careening out of control, the effect of our violent and consumerist culture on children, and our lack of a greater purpose. As Republicans veer into zealotry, liberals can find common ground with the moderate majority. But to alleviate the moral anxieties that drove GOP electoral victories they need a powerful new vision. In The Moral Center, Callahan articulates that vision and offers an escape from the dead-end culture war. With insights garnered from in-depth research and interviews, he examines some of our most polarized conflicts and presents unexpected solutions that lay out a new road map to the American center.

Testing The Limits

Author: Mark J. Rozell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN:
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Testing The Limits from the Author: Mark J. Rozell. This collaboration of distinguished presidential scholars offers one of the first book-length post-presidency analyses of President George W. Bush and his policies. Mark J. Rozell and Gleaves Whitney have assembled a varied list of contributors from both ends of the political spectrum, bringing together academics and professionals to provide a glimpse into the politics and policies that defined President George W. Bush's presidency. Testing the Limits discusses all aspects of the Bush policy and administration, from staff appointments to foreign and domestic policy to budgetary politics. Several contributors focus their energy on the expansion of presidential powers during Bush presidency, assessing the increased influence of the Vice-President, the politicization of federal court appointments, and the development of executive privilege and presidential secrecy. Contributors: Ryan Barilleaux, John P. Burke, Andrew E. Busch, Louis Fisher, Dale R. Herspring, Karen M. Hult, Thomas M. Keck, Iwan Morgan, Mark J. Rozell, Andrew Rudalevige, Mitchel A. Sollenberger, Charles E. Walcott, Gleaves Whitney, John Yoo, David Zellers.

The Fall Of The House Of Bush

Author: Craig Unger
Publisher:
ISBN:
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The Fall Of The House Of Bush from the Author: Craig Unger. A terrifyingly convincing and compelling expose of the true motivation of the Bush administration -- by the bestselling author of HOUSE OF BUSH, HOUSE OF SAUD, and inspiration for the film FAHRENHEIT 9/11.

Ronald Reagan And The House Democrats

Author: Karl Gerard Brandt
Publisher:
ISBN:
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Ronald Reagan And The House Democrats from the Author: Karl Gerard Brandt. "Drawing on materials unavailable in the 1980s, Brandt details the effects of President Ronald Reagan's conservative fiscal policies on the congressional budget process and reveals how the partisan budget struggles of the Reagan years led to tough fiscalchoices and greater unity within the Democratic Party"--Provided by publisher.

Library Journal

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Library Journal from the Author: . Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.