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The Almanac of American Politics 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-0892341207
ISBN-10: 0892341203
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Editorial Reviews


"The Bible of American politics." - George Will "It's simply the oxygen of the political world. We have the most dog-eared copy in town." - Judy Woodruff, The NewsHour "Real political junkies get two Almanacs: one for home and one for the office." - Chuck Todd, NBC "The single best reference there is for Congress and Washington specifically and the country generally." - Jim Lehrer, The NewsHour "Michael Barone is to politics what statistician-writer Bill James is to baseball, a mix of historian, social observer, and numbers cruncher who illuminates his subject with perspective and a touch of irreverence." - Chicago Tribune "Indispensable.... This compendium of statistics and information has gone as far as humanly possible." - Washington Post"

About the Author

Michael Barone is a senior writer at U.S. News and World Report and a Fox News Channel contributor. His most recent book is Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America’s Founding Fathers.


Richard E. Cohen has decades of experience covering Capitol Hill as National Journal’s congressional correspondent. The author of a biography of former Representative Dan Rostenkowski, in 1990 he won the prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.


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Product Details

  • Series: Almanac of American Politics
  • Paperback: 1726 pages
  • Publisher: National Journal Group (September 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892341203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892341207
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By James Crabtree on September 3, 2009
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This is it! This almanac continues the tradition of being THE definitive source when it comes to American politics. The sheer amount of history, statistics, and detail poured into this book is staggering. Since it first came out in 1970 this is the book that all true politicos look forward to reading when it comes out. I've loved this book for years. The only people that may find fault with it are staunch liberals that can not put their bias aside to give credit where it is due. Sure, Barone is a conservative columnist, but he and Richard Cohen, a liberal columnist, have once again put out an almanac that is about as factual and unbiased as you can find. I highly recommend it. The price may be a bit high, but that is because this book is huge and the effort to produce it is costly. Also, there is simply not enough demand by the general public for such a work and thus the cost is higher.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Roy R. Nasstrom on October 24, 2009
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Since 1972, when Michael Barone, Grant Ujifusa, and Douglas Matthews first published the Almanac, these biennial books have constituted a dynamic resource for anyone interested in the American political scene. The current volume, like its predecessors, is enjoyable simply to page through. It is of enormous value, however, to anyone who wants to evaluate or expand on political information gained from other sources, whether journalistic, scholarly, or personal.

Does the book have any faults? Yes. Data on backgrounds of legislators sometimes contained errors. In at least a couple of cases the authors supplied conflicting information in different segments of biographical data. Moreover, the definition of military service can be perplexing, omitting interpretation of reserve service (active or inactive?) and in one case including even ROTC service in college. (I mention military service here only because it does constitute one of the variables used in the authors' analysis of voting and demographic characteristics.) But problems are minor. The charge of Republican political bias has no validity. Michael Barone is a conservative but he and his co-author, Richard E. Cohen, longtime correspondent for the highly respected, nonpartisan National Journal, have scrupulously avoided unfair selection of information or unfair judgments. They provided a vast array of verifiable empirical data, and in their narrative an individual's political party affiliation played no part in the selection of examples of praiseworthy or embarrassing behavior.

It has become a cliché to describe a book as indispensable--no human would have time to read all books so designated--but for anyone interested in understanding American politics as observer, student, or participant, this book comes closest to deserving the label.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Florida Outdoors Guy on October 9, 2009
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I have been reading this book for years- it is absolutely amazing. The negative review here about bias is off-base. This is a resource for people who READ. If you you are content with pre-digeted pablum from the pundits, watch Fox, The Daily Show, or MSNBC. Want to learn in-depth about the real power brokers in America? Get this book. If the price is too steep, borrow it at the reference section of your library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clay45 on November 2, 2009
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Purchased this almanac to learn more about the political leanings and motivations of present politicians in office. Very interesting information on who is running our country. Also general political analysis of districts and other political facts you won't find elsewhere very easily. Our country is undergoing major political upheaval and it is time for the average citizen to be informed rather than blindly picking candidates because they belong to a certain party. Highly recommended book for those who care ragardless of party affiliation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. V. Barnhart on January 30, 2010
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This edition lives up to the quality of prior editions, which is saying a lot. I bought my first edition back in the 70s, and I get an updated version every few years. This book is a must for political bloggers.
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