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Why Americans Hate Politics by E.J. Dionne Jr.
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Feb 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: for-the-phd, essays-etc
Read in February, 2009

as a lit major dabbling in politics, this was invaluable. most of the poli sci stuff i've picked up has been drab, numbers-obsessed, and blind to the concepts of what people are thinking when they vote.

this book wasn't the be-all-end-all (what is?) but i thought it was fundamentally fantastic - plain-spokenly, lucidly informative about what really drives the IDEAS of both sides of the u.s. political debates, and (without being strident) makes a case for the impossibility of that two-way political street accommodating anyone, really and truly, and makes understandable the resulting self-disenfranchisement of people expected to vote within and live under it.

a swan song for the falsely divisive politics of either/or ...
or, at very least, a damn good tune.
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