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The New Republic Guide to the Issues: The '96 Campaign Paperback – July, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1st edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465050867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465050864
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,129,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joining a mighty stream of political titles appearing between now and Election Day, these 43 typically trenchant essays from the high-buzz Washington journal delight in tweaking conservative noses--and liberal ones, too. The 17 issues covered here range from A (abortion) to near-Z (welfare reform). Foreign-policy mavens will find only one issue (free trade) for them; even military spending is omitted. Also missing are discussions of gay issues--especially surprising given the frequent coverage of this subject under departing editor Andrew Sullivan. Yet there is still enough here to raise hackles, spark laughs, and provoke thought. As Lind (The Next American Nation, 1995) points out in the introduction, the magazine's readers ``enjoy the parade of iconoclastic viewpoints and the occasional fractious debate among senior editors'' (of whom Lind is one). For instance, the health care section begins with Mickey Kaus's ``HMOphobia,'' includes Elizabeth McCaughey's ``No Exit,'' which rallied right-wing intellectual opposition to the Clinton health plan (and propelled its author into a successful candidacy for the lieutenant governorship of New York), and concludes with Kaus's tart ``No Exegesis,'' which charges that McCaughey ``completely distorted the debate on the biggest public policy issue of 1994.'' Sometimes the focus is on anguished responses to issues (e.g., Naomi Wolf on feminists' abortion rhetoric and Glenn Loury on urban black crime). More often, however, the tone is irreverent as the authors dissect subjects inadequately covered in the general media because of their complexity, such as Michael Kinsley's evisceration of capital gains taxes, John Judis's ``The Contract with K Street,'' which puts the lobbying industry under the microscope, and Steve Tidrick's ``The Budget Inferno,'' which uses Dante's version of Hell as a metaphor for the way in which the federal government subsidizes corporations, industries, and individuals. Amid the usual gaffe-and-gotcha campaign journalism (which TNR itself has sometimes been guilty of), a bracing reminder of the enduring issues. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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By A Customer on June 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
As someone who doesn't claim to have all the answers, and readily admits that most issues are not as 'black and white' as the two sides present them, I enjoyed this fresh look at the issues (from abortion, to budget balancing, to welfare). Although geared towards the '96 campaign I think these essays are still very relevant and offer fair, well thought out views/compromises on many of the issues. Although I didn't always agree with them completely, these essays certainly gave me new ways to think about the issues and about the complicated nature of them.
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