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Grand Old Party: A History of the Republicans

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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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Larry Riordan
Jun 16, 2016 Larry Riordan rated it really liked it
I have long been meaning to pick up this book because I wanted to see how we (or rather they) got to this point. On cable news, I heard someone say they were a "Teddy Roosevelt/Ronald Reagan" Republican: I could almost hear Chris Matthews scream, "Were you shot?" There is, as I expected, very little to almost nothing in common between the two aside from part affiliation. The book, written by a Dem0crat, is even handed and appreciative although sometimes feels like Gould is bending over backwards ...more
Adam Carman
Jun 13, 2013 Adam Carman rated it it was amazing
Should be required reading for all Republicans. It is a good corrective to the notion that Ronald Reagan invented the GOP in the 1980s.
Adam Gravano
Jun 15, 2016 Adam Gravano rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, history
While the prose occasionally comes down with a case of the slows, this book is well worth the time it takes to read it. Not only does it accomplish its purpose of outlining the history of the Republican Party, it does the difficult task of doing so with an even hand. While the author does discuss the Nixon/Reagan Southern Strategy, what he leaves out is Nixon's commitment to White Southern voters being founded more in law and order than opposition to desegregation (Nixon's administration desegre ...more
Feb 20, 2014 Timothy rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 16, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 04, 2011 Craig rated it liked it
A well-researched book that covers the entire history of the Republican party. Its fascinating to read how the party transformed from the morally pure ideals it had at the start into what it is today.
Ian Hosein
Dec 10, 2008 Ian Hosein rated it really liked it
amazing book great historical information especially on key presidents such as lincoln and roosevelt...etc.
Jul 12, 2008 Valarie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to understand how the GOP evolved.
I read this during the campaign season of 2004. It was a pretty good read, if I remember.
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