11 Dec 2011

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Vanessa Williamson, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

I encourage readers to purchase two copies of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism – one for themselves and one as a Christmas present for their right wing uncle. That uncle might well stay with Skocpol and Williamson’s highly readable and well-crafted study to the end without throwing it down in anger – something I can’t say with much confidence about my book with DiMaggio.

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11 Dec 2011

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Vanessa Williamson, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

Search Google and Amazon.com for “Tea Party” book titles and you will find a vast outpouring of mostly right wing propagandistic nonsense, including one of the worst books of all time: Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen’s Mad As Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System (2010). The tide of Tea Party book-writing turned a bit toward sanity with New York Times reporter Kate Zernike’s useful account Boiling Mad (2010) and Harvard historian Jill Lepore’s thin reflection The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History (also last year). Still, Harvard sociologist Theda Skocpol and Harvard graduate student Vanessa Williams’ new book is just the second substantive, systematic, and detailed investigation of the Tea Party phenomenon (2009-2012) to appear in print. The first such investigation (I say at the risk of self-promotion) was a volume I co-authored with political scientist Anthony DiMaggio that appeared last summer: Crashing the Tea Party: Mess Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics.

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30 May 2010

FDL Book Salon Welcomes, Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness

[Welcome Professor Michelle Alexander, and Host Paul Street] [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread.  – bev] Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the age of Color Blindness Early in her courageous and important

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14 Feb 2009

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Greg Mitchell: Why Obama Won: The Making of a President 2008

Beneath its ambitious title, this is a modest book. Greg Mitchell does not undertake a grand investigation into the multiple factors that came together to bring about the historic Obama triumph. That synthesis awaits deeper inquiry and analysis.

The veteran editor, author, liberal blogger, and self-described political junkie Mitchell provides a readable, entertaining, and perceptive month-by-month diary of – and reflection on – the 2008 presidential campaign as seen through both the “mainstream” (corporate) media and the ever-more politically significant eyes of “new,” that is Web-based media, where progressives (Mitchell argues) hold the day.

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