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"Parker and Barreto have conducted exacting research to probe the contours of support for the Tea Party, and their innovative, scientific, and critical book highlights how Tea Party sympathizers differ from mainstream conservatives in crucial ways. The authors demonstrate that despite the public image of the Tea Party, its supporters cannot be characterized as either patriotic or freedom loving. This is a must-read for all students of American politics and anyone concerned about democracy in America."--Michael C. Dawson, University of Chicago
"This original and important book is the most well-researched and significant scholarly study of the Tea Party movement and its members yet to appear. Unfolding a profile of Tea Party activists threatened by liberal changes and ill-formulated images of big government and state regulatory power, Parker and Barreto tease out core beliefs and views, ranging from commonplace conservatism to racist antagonism. Their book is an outstanding contribution to understanding American politics."--Desmond King, University of Oxford
"The Tea Party has attracted a great deal of attention since it burst on the scene in 2010, but few books about the movement have rested on as impressive an empirical foundation as this one. The portrait Parker and Barreto paint of the model Tea Party sympathizer is chilling and sure to anger movement apologists who insist the group is made up of typical patriotic conservatives. This timely, important work deserves the widest audience possible."--Doug McAdam, Stanford University
"Through a statistically and historically informed analysis of the views of Tea Party sympathizers, Parker and Barreto show that at bottom, many condemn America as it has come to be: a country in which white straight Christian men do not set standards for all. Precisely because their American dreams must go unfulfilled, the passions of these sympathizers will remain forces in American life for years to come."--Rogers M. Smith, University of Pennsylvania
"This book's main contribution to the growing literature on the Tea Party movement is its focus on the characteristics and political beliefs of Tea Party supporters--rather than activists--and its theoretical framework, which locates the Tea Party in the broader structure of far-right social and political movements in the United States."--Alan Abramowitz, Emory University
As an amateur academic and political scientist, I found this book to be an excellent work for three key reasons
1) It's presented in an accessible manner. Read more
This well-researched and well-executed book takes a good look at who supports the tea party and at what the movement's motivation and purposes are. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Beth
I wanted to understand why people belong or support the Tea Party from a Political Science viewpoint. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joan E. Miller
I was inclined to like this book and find it useful but I found very little that was even coherent in it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by doug k
This book didn't really explain either the "Tea Party" or the mindset of those who want "to take their country back. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan Kinkade
This book was a gift for a friend of my wife. From what I gather, she has enjoyed reading the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Hubbard Jr.
I too saw Christopher Parker's talk given at Colby College about his book, which was recently shown on C-SPAN. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bruce W.
I watched Parker give his presentation at Colby College on C-SPAN. What I saw and heard was racially biased diatribe masquerading as academic research. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer