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Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle For The American Idea In An Age Of Discontent (2012)

by E.J. Dionne Jr.(Favorite Author)
3.78 of 5 Votes: 5
1608192016 (ISBN13: 9781608192014)
Bloomsbury USA
review 1: 3.5 - He does a wonderful job at discussing the historical past and transformation of the American political system. I gave it an overall 3 because I think it could have been a little more bipartisan and not focused so much in some areas (i.e. the Tea Partiers). In the last chapter he spends some time looking into the new "millenium" generation and where they have the potential to make reforms. Thought provoking and a good history lessons for those who need it.
review 2: America has always struggled to balance our love of individual freedom and our devotion to community. It's easy in our partisan battles to forget this very real balance. Most interesting was the radical shift in each party's platform that left conservatives and progressives taking up the other
... moreside of the argument. Perhaps if people realized the history of their own party they would be less likely to dismiss or attack the "opposition." Our founding fathers compromised in hopes of finding a balance that is very much American. less
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Very in-depth and well researched, extensive historical references, informative but rather dry.
Best sum-up I have read of our communitarian history. Dionne's politics take a back seat.
Outstanding interview with Jon Stewart that makes his preface sound fascinating.
I only made it about 1/2 way through, tt was too dry for me.
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