Grand Old Party: A History of the Republicans
From Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War through the disputed election of George W. Bush and beyond, the Republican Party has been at the dramatic center of American politics for 150 years. In this exciting new book, the Þrst comprehensive history of the Republicans in 40 years, Lewis L. Gould traces the evolution of the Grand Old Party from its emergence as an antislavery c...more
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Random House
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Well written and incisive view of the history of the Republican Party. The book is well organized and has a well developed suggested readings section for each chapter. Part of a Random House project this book is coupled with Jules Witcover's history of the Democratic party. This volume is slightly more appealing because it is written by a well-known political historian with a deft ability at writing for the general public.
I re-read this book during the somewhat early stages of the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign. The first time that I read it was during the 2004 mid-term Congressional Elections. Having studied history for the better part of my life, it amazes me how often past themes and controversies continue to rear their head. This book does an extremely good job of charting a broad course through the history of the Republican Party. Though it is written by an avowed Liberal, the author does a good job of...more