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The Bulldozer and the Big Tent : Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals (Hardcover)

Author: Gitlin, Todd

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How American politics really works–from one of the country’s most penetrating and prestigious social critics.

Todd Gitlin has long been acknowledged as one of the smartest watchers of American politics, media, and mass movements. In The Bulldozer and the Big Tent, he distills his deep knowledge of movements and parties into a compelling story of America’s passions–a story that will change the way people talk about partisanship in America.

He argues that one thing matters to voters more than policies, faiths, track records, or moral values: style. Voters pick their leaders based on the temperament they look for in a leader. Republicans strongly prefer a bulldozer, a no-nonsense decider on a white horse. Faction-ridden Democrats search for a candidate who looks like all things to all people–a walking big tent capacious enough to fit every kind of Democrat inside. Every Republican is looking for a leader, and every Democrat thinks he is one. This single, remarkable insight unties many of the knottiest questions in politics today. Why did the baby boomers produce so few impressive politicians? How did Barack Obama get so popular so fast? Why have the Republicans been so much better at getting and exercising power? Do blogs really matter? Who won the culture war? Has the conservative juggernaut crashed and burned? Guaranteed to spark discussion and debate, The Bulldozer and the Big Tent gives readers a fascinating new lens through which to view American politics and voters.

About The Author:
Todd Gitlin (New York, NY) is a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University. He was a leader of Students for a Democratic Societyin the early 1960s, and is one of today’s most sought-after political writers and cultural commentators. He has written bestsellers and contributed to publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Harper’s, and the Nation. His books include Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives and The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage.


Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Mfg Part# 9780471748533
SKU 204474784
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0471748536
Release Date 9/1/2007
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