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The Second Civil War
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Ronald Brownstein is political director of Atlantic Media, publishers of the Atlantic, National Journal, and the Hotline, among other publications. He was national political correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of both the 1996 and 2004 presidential elections. The author or editor of five previous books, he appears regularly as an analyst for CNN and other television programs, such as Meet the Press and Charlie Rose.

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With this intelligent and expansive book, Los Angeles Times political correspondent and columnist Brownstein dissects the hyperpartisanship that he believes "has unnecessarily inflamed our differences and impeded progress against our most pressing challenges." The first half of the book examines the roots of this hyperpartisanship, beginning with the 1896 election of William McKinley, which the author argues ushered in four decades of fierce partisan division. The 1938 resurgence of the Republican Party marked the start of the "age of bargaining," with presidents and legislators crossing party lines to govern through consensus. The author believes both parties became more ideologically consistent during the 1960s, resulting in a "sorting out" of the electorate that eventually led to today's partisan divisiveness. This thorough history lays the groundwork for Brownstein's incisive analysis of the contemporary Republican and Democratic parties. He resists blaming any one party or president for the state of contemporary American politics, instead attributing partisan divisions to interest groups, changes in congressional rules and practices and the realignment of the parties and electorate. This sophisticated though lengthy book lays out a complex history with lucid precision, painting a damning portrait of contemporary politics that's sure to provoke and captivate readers interested in American politics and history. (Nov. 1) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

a Brownstein knows what heas talking about.a
aJonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post"
aProvocative.a
aAllan Brinkley, "The New York Times Book Review"
a [From] one of Americaas best political journalists . . . a sparkling new book.a
a"The Economist"
Brownstein knows what he s talking about.
Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post"
Provocative.
Allan Brinkley, "The New York Times Book Review"
[From] one of America s best political journalists . . . a sparkling new book.
"The Economist"
? Brownstein knows what he's talking about.?
?Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post"

?Provocative.?
?Allan Brinkley, "The New York Times Book Review"
? [From] one of America's best political journalists . . . a sparkling new book.?
?"The Economist"

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