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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1St Edition edition (September 17, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393302504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393302509
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By not a natural on May 22, 2011
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Thomas Edsall's book, The New Politics of Inequality, was first published in 1989, near the end of the Ronald Reagan's second term as president. Given the passing of twenty-two event-filled years, covering both Clinton Administrations, both George W. Bush Administrations, and the first three and a half yeas of the Obama Presidency, one might imagine that Edsall would have little genuinely new to say to us, and his book might best be relegated to the status of documents that are largely of historical interest.

After all, there are no references to the war in Bosnia. Neither the first nor the second Gulf War receives any coverage. There is one passing reference to a conflict in Afghanistan, but not the one involving the so-called coalition forces; instead Edsall is referring to the Soviet Union's misadventure, leading to its humiliating defeat by the U.S. backed mujahideen, many of whom later participated in the burtally repressive Islamic fundamentalist reign of the Taliban.

The twin towers of the World Trade Center were still standing, and so was the Berlin Wall. Few in the western world had heard of Osama Bin Laden. Aid to Families with Dependent Children, the ostensibly soul-sapping welfare program that provided an endless supply of outrages for right-wing talk show heroes and heroines, was still supplying sustenance for many unfortunate Americans, not yer replaced by Clinton's Temporary Aid to Needy Families. No one had heard of Monica Lewinsky or the determinedly conspicuous Kenneth Starr. No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top were bad ideas whose time had not yet come. The U.S.
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Thomas Byrne Edsall is an online columnist for the New York Times and a correspondent for The New Republic. He holds the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at Columbia University. He joined the full-time faculty at Columbia in 2006 after a twenty-five year career at The Washington Post. During that time, he covered all aspects of national politics, including presidential elections, the House and Senate, lobbying, tax policy, demographic trends, social welfare, and the politics of race and ethnicity.

Edsall served in 2006 as a guest columnist for the print edition of the New York Times. Before he came to the Washington Post he reported for The Baltimore Sun and The Providence Journal. He has covered politics for The National Journal, and has contributed TV and radio commentary to CNN, CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, FOX, and NPR.

Edsall is the author of five books: The Age of Austerity (2012); Building Red America (2006); Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics (2005); Power and Money: Writing About Politics (1988); and The New Politics of Inequality (1984).

He is also the editor of or contributor to a number of other books: Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America's Polarized Politics, contributor (2006); Varieties of Progressivism in America, contributor, 2004; Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election (2001); Present Discontents, contributor (1997); The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order 1930-1980, contributor, (1989); The Reagan Legacy, (co-editor and contributor) (1988).

Edsall has written extensively for magazines, with articles appearing in American Prospect, The Atlantic Monthly, Civilization, Dissent, Harper's, The Nation, The National Journal, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, the Washington Monthly.

Edsall's 1992 book Chain Reaction was a Pulitzer finalist in general non-fiction. His awards include the Carey McWilliams Award of the American Political Science Association, the Bill Pryor Award and the Front Page Award of the Newspaper Guild, a yearlong fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and several Media Fellowships at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Edsall attended Brown University and received a B.A. from Boston University.

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