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The Life of the Parties: A History of American Political Parties

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Election year 2000 is an appropriate season to reprise the first major history of American political parties in nearly forty years. In this classic work, James Reichley traces the decline of political parties resulting in divided government and an ineffectual political process-but he also shows us what it will take to restore the party system and how it could work to ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 9th 2000 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Chuck Kollars
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very deep and thorough history of political parties in the U.S. that reads rather easily. First time ever any _one_ book has told me both something I didn't know about our Founding Fathers _and_ something I didn't know about Ronald Reagan's campaign. The author invested both his lifetime of experience and several years of non-trivial research in this book, some research to get all the names and dates right, and some to interview all the relevant people in such depth he can even make ...more
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The Life of the Parties: A History of American Political Parties is a comprehensive look at the history of political parties in America from its founding to the modern day. Author James Reichley chronicles America’s party system from its beginnings as a loose coalition of society clubs to a highly structured and regimented system of interconnected city, state, and national party machines. He also discusses the political changes and realignments that have occurred throughout different regions and ...more
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