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“The resurgence of the Democratic Party in the past two election cycles is one of the most important—and least understood—political stories of the new century. Ari Berman tells that tale with reportorial verve, a keen eye, a sharp pen, and a wealth of fresh insight. If you want to understand the grassroots revival of progressivism in America, and also the new challenges and aching disappointments that have come along with it, this is the book to read.” —John Heilemann, national political columnist for New York magazine and coauthor of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of Lifetime
“Ari Berman has written a political narrative so revelatory and exhilarating it kept me up nights reading. Herding Donkeys is some of the freshest and incisive political reporting out there, and Berman, who has the keen eye of a novelist, is one heck of a storyteller.” —Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
“Herding Donkeys is essential to understanding how the Democratic Party came back from the dead in 2006 and 2008. But it’s especially good at explaining what happened to all of Barack Obama’s grassroots energy. This is a hopeful but also sobering tale, told with strong inside reporting.” —Jonathan Alter, author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One
“Herding Donkeys is political reporting at its finest. In his spirited debut, Ari Berman takes readers inside the back rooms and living rooms where politics actually happens, but his novel vantage point doesn’t prevent him from rendering the tough but fair judgments every great political reporter needs to make. This is a ripping account of the Democratic Party through an intense period of historic transformation.” —Michael Tomasky, author of Hillary’s Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign
“An intriguing behind-the-scenes look at how the Obama campaign built on the grassroots movement that had catapulted Dean to prominence . . . Engaging and balanced—a stand-out book.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“With a keen appreciation of political strategy as well as an eye for telling anecdote and amusing detail, Ari Berman tells the amazing story of the Democratic party’s revival. Berman’s reporting vindicates the fifty-state strategy of Howard Dean and the determined organizing of Barack Obama—and shows why grassroots activism is still the most potent force for change in America.” —Joe Conason, author of Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth
“Ari Berman tells the rollicking and rousing story of the fight for the soul of the Democratic party that has reshaped American politics. Full of riveting revelations, vivid reporting, and a cast of colorful characters, Herding Donkeys captures the exhilaration of the grassroots insurgency that Howard Dean launched—and Obama seized—to realign our political map. At a time of disillusionment with establishment politics, this book is solace for the soul. It is a timely reminder that the grit of tenacious organizers and antiestablishment politicians in red, blue, and purple states alike offers Hope 2.0.” —Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation
ARI BERMAN is a political correspondent for The Nation and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at the Nation Institute. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and National Public Radio. He lives in New York City.
Kind of like "Game Change", but more historical and instructive. I carried it around and read a few pages at a time waiting for appointments, etc. Enjoyed it!Published 9 months ago by olmamma
If you want to know how political campaigns are managed from the grass roots, you'll enjoy the account of the work of Gov. Howard Dean in the Democrat Party. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Duran
I'm a Democrat but out of it. I didn't know Howard Dean headed the DNC. In fact, I was confusing the DNC and the DLC. I discovered I am completely in agreement with Howard Dean.Published 19 months ago by Rod
If you are liberal/Democrat and totally outraged by what Obama has done since being elected then this book is not for you. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by PaulArt
When interviewing Ari Berman for Blog for Iowa last November, I learned that his book Herding Donkeys would include a lot about Howard Dean. Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by Paul Deaton
HERDING DONKEYS: THE FIGHT TO REBUILD THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND RESHAPE AMERICAN POLITICS makes me want to yell Jack Nicholson's great rhetorical question, "Is this as good as it... Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by J. L LaRegina
I was very excited and moved reading a political book that truly shows how passionate people CAN make a change. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Amber S.
Interesting read. Jimmy Carter did what Dean did and if you look around carefully you will see others doing some of the same things. Must be that political consultants read alsoPublished on November 5, 2010 by upstate york stater
But a well deserved love letter! Great read. Very interesting analysis of all the grass roots organizing that brought us the pleasure of '08. Read morePublished on October 27, 2010 by good time johnny