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Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics

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"Divided America" tells the biggest story in American politics today. It's the story behind the emergence of a ferocious power struggle between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats that is tearing the country's politics apart.Drawing on extensive polling data and close analyses of presidential, senatorial, and congressional elections over the past fifty years, tw ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2007)
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Tom Sulcer
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Black brothers, both professors of political science at different southern universities, have done an excellent job of describing one of America's current ills -- partisanship -- with excellent statistics and research.

They have hit on a major flaw with American democracy and describe it accurately. Politics has become "ideologically charged" and point out that America's "unstable power politics generates relentlessly bitter conflicts over a huge range of domestic and foreign policies and mot
Aug 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: political junkies
Authors had a great idea for a book on politics beyond the Reign of W, spending the past couple of years assiduously putting together a slew of statistics to back up their professional analysis of current American politics.
Then Karl Rove's brilliant strategy imploded, and the electorate turned on the administration, pretty well across the board, though with some demographics more strongly than others. So ... it's tough to extrapolate the pre-implosion data (pre-2004) to 2008 and beyond.
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Aug 25, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: politicalscience
Bad title, decent book, but not a lot new here. I like it when political scientists try to reach a broader audience, but there's a way to combine that with careful research. I have some serious questions about how they define region (ND and AZ in the same region.....seriously?), but it's still a good overview of current politics. These guys understand what's going on politically better than almost anyone else.
Apr 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: politics junkies
Divides US into 5 pieces. Two (south and mountain) republican strongholds, 2 democrat (northeast and pacific), and midwest (up for grabs). Describes changes in party alignments over the last 50 some years and predicts next few elections.
Many, many charts and graphs. If you don't want all the details, don't read this book by 2 academic poli scis. If you want to know why American politics is so screwed up, you can find out here...
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
An interesting but dry read. The authors spend a lot of time in the weeds with the data. It's refreshing that the writers let the data drive the entire narrative of a political book thus leaving an impartial piece of research. But all the time spent in the data can be a bore at times.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Divided America reads a bit slowly, and only those with a passion for the subject will find it easy going. That being said, it is a very interesting read for anyone, no matter what his or her politics.
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had to struggle to read this book full of statistics on how people in America vote. It helped to go to a workshop given by a professor at Catawba College. I don't think I read the last chapter.
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