The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America

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In recent years American politics has seemingly become much more partisan, more zero-sum, more vicious, and less able to confront the real problems our nation faces. What has happened?
In The Second Civil War, respected political commentator Ronald Brownstein diagnoses the electoral, demographic, and institutional forces that have wreaked such change over the American political landscape, pulling politics into the margins and leaving precious little common ground for compromise. The Second Civil War is not a book for Democrats or Republicans but for all Americans who are disturbed by our current political dysfunction and hungry for ways to understand it and move beyond it."

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Hooray! A clarion call for common sense. This is an important, timely, and fascinating book. Ron Brownstein describes how American politics became so polarized and partisan, explains why this is so damaging to our nation, and suggests ways we can reverse this trend. Every voter should read it right away, for the sake of our democracy. (Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute) "For over a decade now, "Los Angeles Times" reporter Ron Brownstein has set the pace for smart, cutting-edge, political journalism. Now, in "The Second Civil War," he delivers a sobering analysis about how shrill hyper-partisan bickering has hijacked public policy. This is a truly important Centrist Manifesto which deserves a wide audience. With all the hatred going on, this fair-minded book is a lonely bugle call from the Washington Battlefield." -Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of "The Great Deluge,"

"This is a masterful work - a unique blending of first-rate historical writing with penetrating contemporary analysis, which, taken together, provide fresh perspectives on how we might move beyond the partisan divisions that plague us." -Doris Kearns Goodwin Hooray! A clarion call for common sense. This is an important, timely, and fascinating book. Ron Brownstein describes how American politics became so polarized and partisan, explains why this is so damaging to our nation, and suggests ways we can reverse this trend. Every voter should read it right away, for the sake of our democracy. (Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute) "For over a decade now, "Los Angeles Times" reporter Ron Brownstein has set the pace for smart, cutting-edge, political journalism. Now, in "The Second Civil War," he delivers a sobering analysis about how shrill hyper-partisan bickering has hijacked public policy. This is a truly important Centrist Manifesto which deserves a wide audience. With all the hatred going on, this fair-minded book is a lonely bugle call from the Washington Battlefield." -Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of "The Great Deluge,"

"In this vital, deeply-felt and well-argued book, a superb journalist combines his unexcelled knowledge of current-day American politics with his strong sense of history to show us how our system has degenerated - and how we might climb out of the mess." -Michael Beschloss "This is a masterful work - a unique blending of first-rate historical writing with penetrating contemporary analysis, which, taken together, provide fresh perspectives on how we might move beyond the partisan divisions that plague us." -Doris Kearns Goodwin Hooray! A clarion call for common sense. This is an important, timely, and fascinating book. Ron Brownstein describes how American politics became so polarized and partisan, explains why this is so damaging to our nation, and suggests ways we can reverse this trend. Every voter should read it right away, for the sake of our democracy. (Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute) "For over a decade now, "Los Angeles Times" reporter Ron Brownstein has set the pace for smart, cutting-edge, political journalism. Now, in "The Second Civil War," he delivers a sobering analysis about how shrill hyper-partisan bickering has hijacked public policy. This is a truly important Centrist Manifesto which deserves a wide audience. With all the hatred going on, this fair-minded book is a lonely bugle call from the Washington Battlefield." -Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of "The Great Deluge,"

a Brownstein knows what heas talking about.a
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Brownstein knows what he s talking about.
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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.?
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