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The United States of Ambition: Politicians, Power, and the Pursuit of Office

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The acclaimed and provocative book that explains why America's politicians are continually disappointing.
Paperback, 309 pages
Published May 5th 1992 by Three Rivers Press (first published 1991)
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Apr 14, 2009 Adam rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Maybe Mateskon. . .Certainly Gibson. . .Anyone that votes for idiots. . . .
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
Originally assigned in my Campaigns and Elections class I purchased this book off Amazon for a little more than $3. The package that it arrived in also contained a pocket thesaurus and a note that read simply "Thank You." While I ended up dropping the course for which Ehrenhalt was assigned, the compelling title and quirky packaging lead me to hang out to the book.

As a primarily academic book, I hesitate to summarize what I've learned for fear of misunderstanding. Ehrenhalt explores the modern p
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Twenty years out of date, but I found it on my bookshelves and am finding it very readable and very pertinent.
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ALAN EHRENHALT was the executive editor of Governing magazine from 1990 to 2009. He is the author of The United States of Ambition, The Lost City, and Democracy in the Mirror. In 2000, he was the recipient of the American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams Award for distinguished contributions to the field of political science by a journalist. He is currently Information Director at ...more
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