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Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan

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Combining his proven mastery of political facts and trends with a rich narrative, Barone tells the story of how the country of our parents was transformed through each political era into the country as we know it today.
Hardcover, 805 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Free Press
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A history of the U.S. from 1930 to 1990. Focuses about equally on politics and cultural changes. Looks at how the government grew during the Depression, and the consequences of that growth later on. The author is conservative, but he avoids the shrillness that later came to characterize much conservative writing. I thought the information about American culture in the first half of the book was especially interesting. It seemed like the author became more and more centered on politics, to the ex ...more
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Very president-centric, but great in that area. Crammed with facts and finely recreated presidential election landscapes. All kinds of stuff that was important at the time and determined outcomes, but has since been mostly forgotten. Very informative and leaves you smarter about how things really went down. Theme is that economic status is only a secondary factor in American elections. Mostly events and culture are the shaping factors.
Barone is a political superhero, able to weave obscure congressional district data, birth rates and other obscure demographics into a sweeping history of American politics.

This book (and his other works) should be mandatory reading for anyone who even wants to pretend they are a political operative.
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Michael Barone, a political analyst and journalist, studies politics, American government, and campaigns and elections. The principal coauthor of the annual Almanac of American Politics (National Journal Group), he has written many books on American politics and history. Barone is also a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner. Barone has also written for many major market publication ...more
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