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In this new edition of his national bestseller, E. J. Dionne brings up to date his influential proposals for a politics that can and must find a balance between rights and obligations, between responsibility and compassion. From the New, Updated Introduction: "At the heart of Why Americans Hate Politics is the view that ideas shape politics far more than most accounts ofIn this new edition of his national bestseller, E. J. Dionne brings up to date his influential proposals for a politics that can and must find a balance between rights and obligations, between responsibility and compassion. From the New, Updated Introduction: "At the heart of Why Americans Hate Politics is the view that ideas shape politics far more than most accounts of public life usually allow. I believe ideas matter not only to elites and intellectuals, but also to rank and file voters. Indeed, I often think that the rank and file see the importance of ideas more clearly than the elites, who often find themselves surprised by the rise of the movements that arise from the bottom up and shape our politics."...

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ISBN : 9780743265737
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Why Americans Hate Politics Reviews

  • Richard Lister
    2019-04-23 23:33

    Given the political divide in which we live, this book proved irresistible. Written at the advent of the 90s, it looks back at how the fissures in the political landscape formed over the preceding thirty years. Dionne brilliantly lays out how fissures formed between schools of political thought, examining the voices of those who led the changes. The divide, that caused the disappearance of what Arthur Schlesinger called our "vital center" came about from factions taking insular world views. The result is a political landscape offering voters only "yes-no" choices when we require more nuanced and conciliatory interaction to solve problems. He offers advice at the conclusion for how we can overcome the stark differences that have marked our politics. Sadly, given where we are now, we haven't heeded it. Things have only worsened. We, as voters--or non voters, as the case may be--are probably enablers to our political leadership. It is not until we ourselves engage in more thoughtful political discourse that we can demand the same of those we elect. Democracy demands as much. We don't seem much up to the task these days.

  • Dan
    2019-04-20 00:41

    Dionne's intellectual history of the development of U.S. contempory political ideologies. The book is divided, first half left, second half right. The strenghts and weaknesses or each and their evolution until the dawn of the Clintonian era is explored. The book is a little dated, first published in 1991 and only spottily updated, save for the aferword; however, the themes explored remain easily identified and quickly contextualized. If anything, the distance from the bulk of the events Dionne features serves them well as they have become less charged as individual incidents, therefore enhancing the reader's ability to consider them less viscerally than would have been the case were the book newer. "Why American's Hate Politics" would serve as an easy primer on how U.S. political thinking has become so stagnated and why we insist of re-fighting old battles in new guises. Dionne is a PhD, and scholar at the Brookings Institution, a columnist for The Washington Post, and a regular commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered." Highly and unreservedly recommended.

  • James Carter
    2019-05-20 23:39

    Why Americans Hate Politics is a simple title, so I was expecting a bunch of simple answers. Yet the author goes overboard with the political jargon that I gave up reading after 50 pages. Really, that's exactly why I hate politics in the first place. The answer to the question is because the politicians represent corporations and special interest groups, never the people. It will be the biggest downfall of America. One day, a revolution will come when the have-nots will revolt against the haves because they are sick and tired of being the sap while their coffers are being sucked dry. All in all, Why Americans Hate Politics should have been a simple book, but the title is misleading and should be changed just to announce that it's for those who are well-versed with the game of U.S. politics.

  • Jim Sewastynowicz
    2019-05-19 22:30

    This was an interesting history of politics in America, but i felt it overlooked some issues that were factors. Though I thought the synopsis had quite a few good points.

  • Jimmy
    2019-05-17 03:53

    Dionne's book was published in 1991, with a renewed copyright in 2004. It's a very good history of American politics from the 1950s to the 1990s. Since I am familiar with that time period, I followed the allusions with no problem. I did have a problem with the title. I am quite tired of hearing about Americans who hate politics. If you have a problem with politics, look in the mirror. If you are not involved in government at all levels, who is to blame for that? I know many dedicated politicians who work hard to help others. They need your support. Deal with your own personal ignorances if you have a problem. What Dionne does is explain why both the left and the right lost support with the American people. Like I said, they have no one but themselves to blame. But I am going to follow the author's lead and explain my current problems with both the left and the right in contemporary politics. On the liberal side, I am very tired of the Hate America First crowd. Western culture is in trouble right now. And part of that is coming from the left. And what's the country they hate second? Israel, of course. The undercurrent of anti-Semitism is prevalent everywhere. I used to belong to the New Hampshire Peace Action Committee. They called for the destruction of Israel. Seriously folks? They mouthed everything the PLO said. And I could not get them to talk about any other country except for Israel and the US. It was like the rest of the world was a utopia. I finally dropped out. On the conservative side, I am far more tired of the scientific ignorance I see there. Climate change is real. It is measurable and verifiable. Nothing is more conservative than science. If you don't believe in science, then you are no damn conservative. So remove that label. And the hatred coming from the Republican party is just too much to handle. The eight year effort to destroy the presidency of Mr Obama has sown hatred that we are now reaping. Enough. Clearly, the pick of the two sides is the liberal Democrat side.

  • Emily
    2019-05-18 22:46

    as a lit major dabbling in politics, this was invaluable. most of the poli sci stuff i've picked up has been drab, numbers-obsessed, and blind to the concepts of what people are thinking when they vote.this book wasn't the be-all-end-all (what is?) but i thought it was fundamentally fantastic - plain-spokenly, lucidly informative about what really drives the IDEAS of both sides of the u.s. political debates, and (without being strident) makes a case for the impossibility of that two-way political street accommodating anyone, really and truly, and makes understandable the resulting self-disenfranchisement of people expected to vote within and live under it. a swan song for the falsely divisive politics of either/or ... or, at very least, a damn good tune.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-09 01:39

    Great primer for understanding the stubborn bipartisanship in US politics that preempts any real national debates on vital issues. This book provides valuable insights into why Americans are so skeptical of government and more easily lend their support to corporations and the private sector even while this support diminishes their civic participation. This book is sensitively written and centrist to the core which makes it quite even-handed, even while it makes it difficult to agree with Dionne throughout whether from the Left or the Right. This is a great read for getting a good sense of political history and for understanding why American politics seems so schizophrenic!

  • Pete Davis
    2019-05-19 03:33

    The best modern history of American politics I have read. A comprehensive, detailed, nuanced and accessible description of the rise and fall of the contemporary Left and Right and the consequences that followed said rises and falls. I have been working on a "what the heck happened?" project -- reading theories of American political decline -- and this book is a comprehensive answer to the political culture side of the question. I highly recommend this to all and especially to Milllenials wondering why the American politics we were born into is so twisted and knotty.

  • Laura
    2019-05-08 21:51

    Good overview of the history of liberal and conservative politics in America in the 20th century. It was written in 1991 or 1992, though, so it doesn't address Clinton and Bush Jr. Still a good read for anyone who wants to know why and how power shifted from liberals to conservatives in the 20th century.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-03 05:45

    I had wanted to re-read this 1992 book for a while. Dionne's argument is that Americans hate politics because they are presented false choices by their leaders instead of solutions. The issues have changed since this was written, but the book contains a good history of both the conservative movement and the Left.

  • Seth
    2019-05-07 04:37

    Dionne puts together a really interesting history of both major US political parties. His conclusion is somewhat weak and misguided; overall it's a valuable addition to American political history after the Second World War.

  • Lobstergirl
    2019-04-29 00:44

    I don't entirely (or perhaps at all) agree with Dionne's thesis (that the political right and left present us with a series of false choices, since we are more centrist than anything else, and this is why we are turned off by politics), but this book is well worth reading. You will learn a lot.

  • Ms.
    2019-04-27 04:26

    great essays on partisanship and american political history from early 20th century to present.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-01 04:33

    Of course, people who hate politics are the ones who should read books like this, but they never will.