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Feingold: A New Democratic Party

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Russ Feingold is a rarity in American politics. A staunch civil libertarian, he was the only member of the U.S. Senate who voted against the ill-conceived USA Patriot Act that was rushed through Congress in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In 2002, while the Bush administration's fabrications and scare tactics persuaded an overwhelming majority of the Senate ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 24th 2007 by Simon & Schuster
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Jim
Back when I still thought of myself as a (moderate) Republican, I was for Feingold. Like many Wisconsinites, I found him to be an unfortunately rare type of politician who was forthcoming, morally brave, and principled. I like Russ Feinfold, so I enjoyed reading this book. That said, it is a book with flaws.

Pretty quickly, it's apparent that this is more a work of political promotion than an objective biography. The author is obviously a fan and the Feinfold presented in this book is firmly in t
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Wesley Korpela
Dec 28, 2012 Wesley Korpela rated it really liked it
The author, Sanford Horwitt, does an excellent job in his research of Feingold's life. Living in Wisconsin, I knew only a fraction about what Horwitt was able to find and accurately tell. He wrote it in such a way that made it enjoyable to read and increased my admiration for one of my favorite living American politicians.
At this point the book is out of date, ending roughly around 2004-2006. An updated version would be fantastic, otherwise you can read Russ Feingold's memoir, While America Sle
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Tommy
Feb 18, 2008 Tommy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was AMAZING! This book catalogues the life of Russell Feingold and gives proof that he is the most principled, independent, intelligent, thoughtful, honest, and progressive senator (or politician for that matter) in our national landscape. This book just highlights the fact that Feingold is everything that we hope politicians can/should be. Reading this book can give you hope for our country and our world. Please read this book!
Karen
Sep 29, 2007 Karen rated it it was ok
I'll admit I skimmed here and there but this book contains some good information about a true standout and Progressive in the Senate. Notable: Rhodes Scholar, McCain-Feingold Bill (Profile in Courage Award), lone Democrat to vote to continue Clinton impeachment trials, lone opposer of the Patriot Act, vote against allowing Bush to invade Iraq.
Chi Dubinski
Oct 10, 2013 Chi Dubinski rated it liked it
Horwitt has produced a run-of-the-mill biography of the Wisconsin senator who has taken bold, not always popular stands. Feingold’s childhood, high school, and college years are covered in almost painstaking detail, while is first divorce is covered in six lines; the second divorce rates one sentence. It’s a one size fits all biography. Feingold deserves better.
Brandon
Nov 27, 2007 Brandon rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The names cited in the acknowledgments (and the tone) would seem to indicate that the author is a Feingold fan. And that's fine. The author hints that Feingold has a winning formula for Democrats. A provocative argument. It might be true, but I'm not convinced by what I read, probably because a full defense of that argument goes beyond the scope of the book. A light, enjoyable read.
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I hope Russ Feingold wins in November 2016 in his bid for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. I donated $100.00 to his Senate campaign even though I live in California. Russ is my kind of politician.
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Amazing man, not the greatest biography - but interesting nonetheless.
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The book is 4 stars, for the pacing more than anything. But Feingold is 5+.
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Sanford D. Horwitt is an author, book critic and policy advisor to foundations and nonprofit organizations concerned with promoting civic engagement and strengthening democratic institutions. He is the author of "Let Them Call Me Rebel," a biography of Saul Alinsky. His book reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and ...more
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