The Great Game of Politics: Why We Elect, Whom We Elect
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The Great Game of Politics: Why We Elect, Whom We Elect

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From our nation's inception there has been a constant dynamic of tension between those political philosophies that we have labeled the left and the right, despite the fact that the vast majority of American voters really fall into the category of moderates. During the early years, the shifts between the two were dramatic and frequent: the Federalists on one side, the Jeffe...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Forge Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Sep 21, 2008 James rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students and general history buffs
His larger point is fairly basic and the book is an easy read. Looking at the Executive Branch throughout American history one sees long trends that this guy Stoken calls paradigms where a President sets a tone that casts a long shadow across the future. He dubs Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Coolidge, Roosevelt and Reagan the nine overall trend-setters. The Jacksonian period is the easiest to see: from 1836-1860 no one was re-elected and 2 presidents died, so you h...more
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