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The Almanac of American Politics 2014 Kindle Edition

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“The Bible of American politics.” 
(George Will)

“Superb, and so balanced that it is used by both sides of the political divide.”
(Economist)

“The single best reference there is for congress and Washington specifically and the country generally.” 
(Jim Lehrer)

“It’s simply the oxygen of the political world. We have the most dog-eared copy in town.” 
(Judy Woodruff, PBS 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)

 “Real political junkies get two Almanacs: one for the home and one for the office.”
(Chuck Todd, NBC)

"The biennial arrival of a new Almanac of American Politics is a moment of true joy for political reporters."
(David Weigel Slate)

About the Author

Michael Barone is a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News Channel contributor. Chuck McCutcheon is a freelance writer and editor in Washington, DC. Sean Trende is a senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics. Josh Kraushaar is the managing editor of politics at National Journal.

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  • File Size: 27551 KB
  • Print Length: 1904 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (September 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022610558X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226105581
  • ASIN: B00EQXVLOG
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Crabtree on September 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
My copy arrived yesterday and I'm very happy with it once again. I've purchase it every two years when a new edition is released and have an original hardback copy of the first edition from 1971. This version is especially nice with all the new districts and members from the 2012 redistricting across the nation. The only flaw I've noticed thus far is that the campaign spending has been deleted. I'm not sure why this was done. That was a nice piece of data when reviewing the election results. Otherwise, this is another great edition to what is a truly fun book to read and absorb. I highly recommend it for anyone seeking to learn more about government, politics, history, and our nation in general. There is no other one source which compares to it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Niven on October 9, 2013
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Extensive geographical and district write-ups as well as biographical and election results continue to make the book an invaluable resource! But I did not agree with the removal of election finance info. They were always a real snapshot of time. Like in the 1970's editions you can see how it was rare for candidates to spend more than $200,000 each! Now you have over 15 million in some cases! I think that info should be brought back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By green jay on January 12, 2014
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For a fan of The Almanac ever since the first edition, but who stopped buying it because of its price, the Kindle edition is very welcome. Structurally, the Kindle edition is not much different from the early print editions. It is an enormous undertaking. A political and statistical profile of 50 states and 435 Congressional districts comprising almost 400 million people joined to profiles of the politicians who represent them and govern them. If you want a detailed view of the United States, this is the best source.

Michael Barone is the genius who created The Almanac. He is also a conservative political columnist. Do not let Barone's day job deter you from buying this book. In reading this book and earlier editions one can not tell what Barone's politics are. Barone knows that American politicians reflect those who elect them. As a conservative, he might share the view of Edmund Burke, father of modern conservatism, that, rather than be rubber stamps for their constituents, politicians should rely upon their own wisdom and experience to do what they perceive to be in the best interest of their constituents and the nation. That might have worked two centuries ago when it took a few days or even weeks for the electors of Bristol, England to find out what Burke was up to at Westminster over a hundred miles and a couple of days travel away, and the role of the national government was much smaller than it is today. It does not work in the age of the internet. Today, the politician who goes against the strongly held preferences of her constituents might not survive the next electoral cycle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Mulnix on November 3, 2013
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An indispensable piece of reading if you're interested in politics. As others have noted I wish the campaign spending portion would be brought back, it is always interesting to see just how much money gets spent in elections.
The Kindle version is great, searching is super easy as always.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Liebow on December 21, 2013
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I get each new edition when it comes out every other year. There's nothing like it for understanding legislators, states, and districts. I was a little disappointed that some useful tables weren't in this edition, but it's still a wonderful book. Anyone interested in politics should own this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JDWMiami on March 16, 2014
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This is much better than the CQ book. Although the authors are a bit conservative for my tastes, they do provide a relatively balanced overview of the trends in each state and district, which is something the CQ book does not do.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2013
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The quality and quantity of information has really gone down since the last edition. The introduction, which has always been a great overview of the political situation, has shrunk from 8 pages in 2012 to 4 pages.Almost all of the tabular data has gone - lists of Congressional minorities, women, veterans, National Journal vote ratings, district demographics, Senators and Governors up in the next 2 cycles, closest seats and campaign finance stats - all gone. The only increase is in the recommended price -from $85 to $90 for the paperback edition.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Morris on September 1, 2013
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Sean Trende is a great addition to the team.
The book is thick and heavy and has everything.
Extremely comprehensive and accurate. It's worth every penny. I would say to go with the softcover, because the hardcover isn't worth the big difference.
Even for a junkie like me who knows already about everything about politics, I still found the book very informative.
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