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The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471748536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471748533
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,011,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor and political analyst Gitlin (former president of SDS) utilizes the current president's political trajectory as a jumping off point for a sprawling discussion of the rise of the republican machine, the reasons behind the democrats' declining fortunes and the impact of this political imbalance on the average citizen. This is a sort of State-of-the-Union update: encyclopedic in scope but eminently accessible and studded with juicy morsels of Capitol Hill gossip, little-known facts and generally excellent writing. The fact that the Democratic National Committee did not have a national voter database until late 2003 is stunning, and Gitlin claims that a perpetual "war on terror" is precisely what the conservative cognoscenti want: "as long as fear is so salient to voters, Democrats will be staggering uphill." Many of Gitlin's conclusions are not necessarily new, but Gitlin's conclusions and suggestions-often missing from such political landscape surveys-for the liberal movement are impressive. His call for a simple but powerful narrative to match that of the Conservatives merits special attention from the leaders of a party made up of (at least) eight distinct voter groups.
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According to journalism professor Gitlin, the Republicans have employed a bulldozer approach to politics in everything from fiscal policy to science to diplomacy, operating with absolute certainty and bolstered by true believers among the conservative movement. What will be the lasting effect on U.S. politics of secrecy, corruption, and international mishaps that have tarnished the American image at home and abroad? What will be the enduring impact of the bulldozer on the future of American politics? Gitlin explores these questions by first analyzing the suspension of reason by much of the American public during the Bush administration that has allowed it to ignore the failures and incompetence for so long. He offers lessons to be learned from the disastrous experience for future elections, politics, and governance. Gitlin examines discontent among Democrats and prospects for a revived progressive movement, following on considerable momentum from the decline of the Bush presidency. He concludes with a section examining the potential for lasting renewal of a progressive politics as bloggers and others move to stop the conservative movement. Bush, Vanessa

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I've published fifteen books, including, most recently, Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street; The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election (with Liel Leibovitz); The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals; other titles include The Intellectuals and the Flag; Letters to a Young Activist; Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives; The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars; The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage; Inside Prime Time; The Whole World Is Watching; Uptown: Poor Whites in Chicago (co-author); three novels, Undying, Sacrifice and The Murder of Albert Einstein; and a book of poetry, Busy Being Born. These books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. I also edited Watching Television and Campfires of the Resistance.

I've contributed to many books and published widely in general periodicals (The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Boston Globe, Dissent, The New Republic, The Nation, Wilson Quarterly, Harper's, American Journalism Review, Columbia Journalism Review, New York Observer, The American Prospect, et al.), online magazines (salon.com, tnr.com, prospect.org, openDemocracy.net, foreignpolicy.com), as well as scholarly journals. I'm on the editorial board of Dissent.

In 2000, Sacrifice won the Harold U. Ribalow Prize for books on Jewish themes. The Sixties and The Twilight of Common Dreams were Notable Books in the New York Times Book Review. Inside Prime Time received the nonfiction award of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association; The Sixties was a finalist for that award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

I hold degrees from Harvard University (B. A., mathematics), the University of Michigan (M. S., political science), and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph. D., sociology). I was the third president of Students for a Democratic Society, in 1963-64, and coordinator of the SDS Peace Research and Education Project in 1964-65, during which time he helped organize the first national demonstration against the Vietnam War and the first American demonstrations against corporate aid to the apartheid regime in South Africa. During 1968-69, I was an editor and writer for the San Francisco Express Times, and through 1970 wrote widely for the underground press. In 2003-06, I was a member of the Board of Directors of Greenpeace USA.

I'm a professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph. D. program in Communications at Columbia University. Earlier, I was for sixteen years a professor of sociology and director of the mass communications program at the University of California, Berkeley, and then for seven years a professor of culture, journalism and sociology at New York University. During 1994-95, I held the chair in American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. I've been a resident at the Bellagio Study Center in Italy and the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, California, a Bosch Fellow at the American Academy of Berlin, a fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York, and a visiting professor at Yale University, the University of Oslo, the University of Toronto, East China Normal University in Shanghai, the Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis in Tunisia, and the Université de Neuchatel in Switzerland.

I lecture frequently on culture and politics in the United States and abroad (Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Greece, Turkey, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland). I've appeared on many National Public Radio programs including Fresh Air as well as PBS, ABC, CBS and CNN. I lives in New York City with my wife, Laurel Cook.

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This is a great book for old liberal political junkies like myself. Todd Gitlin the auther shows no mercy in slicing and dicing the current administration and Christian Conservatives. Those who should buy and read "The Bulldozer and the Big Tent" won't and those who do most will likely ignore the author's conclusions and rather sound political advice.

The format is all to familuar Federalists (Hamilton) and Anti-Federalists(Jefferson) with the Democrats being the Federalists and the Republicans being the Jeffersonian Anti-Federalists. I won't give away how Gitlin determined this but some may be amused with his logic. The Republicans are of course ignorant, lazy, uneducated white Christain Southerners and the Democrats are a bunch of hedonistic self certered Liberals who can't get beyond their own petty seft interest.

That pretty up much sums up the book. If your are a political junkie you can now fill in the blanks, if you are not, well you haven't got this far in the review .

"The Bulldozer and the Big Tent" is for sure one of the first of many books that will tear apart the current Bush administration and where the Republican Party is no at.
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