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The Dynamic Dominion: Realignment and the Rise of Two-Party Competition in Virginia, 1945-1980 Paperback – July 21, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0742552098 ISBN-10: 0742552098 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Revised edition (July 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742552098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742552098
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 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: #449,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Atkinson's book is a dramatic account of the political events that precipitated the realignment of both political parties in the state. His work is an indispensable starting point for anyone interested in understanding the modern Virginia political scene. (Thomas R. Morris)

This book is packed with insights, and it's essential reading for every informed Virginian. The Dynamic Dominion is an eminently fair, comprehensive account of the tumultuous events that have shaped this state in the modern era, told by a premier interpreter of our contemporary political history. (Dr. Larry J. Sabato)

About the Author

Frank B. Atkinson is the chairman of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and a partner in McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Virginia. In 1994-1996, he served in the cabinet of Governor George Allen as counselor and director of policy. During the Reagan administration, he served as special counsel and deputy chief of staff to the U.S. Attorney General and before that was special assistant in the Justice Department.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph G. Fitzgerald on October 16, 2009
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The end of the Byrd era, and all that it did to Virginia, told from a right-of-center, but honest perspective. Virginia is big enough for large personalities, and small enough for petty feuds. Atkinson captures them both. The first third of his sequel, Virginia in the Vanguard, is like a continuation of this valuable work. Byrd to Wilder. Only in Virginia.
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