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The New Democrats and the Return to Power

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After Barack Obama's solid win in the 2012 election, it's easy to forget that there was a time, not long ago, when the Democrats were shut out of power for over a decade. But Al From remembers. In 1984, he led a small band of governors, US senators, and members of Congress to organize the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). Their mission: to rescue the party from the poli ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Brandi
Jan 01, 2016 Brandi rated it really liked it
In "The New Democrats and the Return to Power", author Al From does an expert job of handling a political subject matter through the use of information rather than rhetoric, making this book an excellent addition to a political science major's library or other reference library. He discusses issues levied by Democratic administrations, such as welfare reform, and how the party sought to handle these affairs.

This proliferation of facts, whereas interesting and useful in a reference source, does
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Rin
Dec 31, 2013 Rin rated it really liked it
This book was very informative. I thank the publisher for giving it to me. I will reread to give a better synopsis.
Don Heiman
May 06, 2014 Don Heiman rated it liked it
The Democratic Leadership Council set the agenda for the United States Progressive Movement that began in 1985. This movement promotes community, opportunity, and responsibility initiatives advanced by President Clinton's administration. The book does an excellent job explaining the initiatives and history of the 3rd Way for social change. The end notes in the book are few and the treatment of community policing history is surprisingly weak.
Judi
Jun 29, 2014 Judi rated it really liked it
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While I found this book to be both interesting and informative, the whole time I was reading it, I couldn't help but think how much better off this country would be if President Clinton was able to put his welfare reform in motion with people taking responsibility for themselves and losing the entitlement mentality that is so prevalent today. I have recommended this book to several friends and family members.
Rosebud
Jun 02, 2014 Rosebud rated it it was ok
A lot of the events covered by this book took place during the time when I completed my transition from "raised Republican" to total abandonment of their discriminatory, hate-filled party. While it was informative, it was too detailed for anyone not a political junky.
Jim Blessing
Jan 26, 2014 Jim Blessing rated it liked it
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This was an interesting book on the Democratic Leadership Council, which advocated more moderate position on issues and helped the Democrats win the popular vote in 5 out of 6 presidential elections beginning in 1992.
Takaharu Saito
Oct 09, 2016 Takaharu Saito rated it it was ok
This book describes how Democrats returned to the presidency in 1992, when Bill Clinton defeated G. W. Bush. The author is the founder of the DLC, Democratic Leadership Council, which was aimed at reforming the Democratic party. When the organization was formed, the party had lost the presidential election twice in the five years. Surely, their work to defeat Republicans in 1992 is great, but the DLC had already deformed in 2011. "the New Democrats" have been already a history. However the autho ...more
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