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The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina Hardcover – April 21, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0807831892 ISBN-10: 0807831891 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (April 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807831891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807831892
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lively and well crafted. . . . A valuable study of an important aspect of the state's history, accessible for both general and scholarly audiences."--The Journal of Southern History


"Christensen . . . has a nice touch for writing about the characters (and sometimes the rogues) who have populated N.C. politics over the years."--Jack Betts, The Charlotte Observer


"A lively account of history [that] includes eyebrow-raising facts."--Fayetteville Observer


"A romp through 100 years of North Carolina politics. . . . Help[s] readers understand the conflicts and contradictions that define North Carolina to this day."--Greensboro News and Record


"Hotter and slicker than a politician's handshake at a pig pickin' in July."--Marcy Smith, Raleigh News & Observer


"Presents the pivotal figures and elections of North Carolina's twentieth-century politics in an entertaining and insightful fashion. . . . Christensen's panoramic picture of the state's modern politics is much more than fascinating."--North Carolina Historical Review


"Christensen has written a terrific . . . history here, one that is very readable and absolutely jammed full of facts, figures, and anecdotes. . . . [He] lay[s] the historical basis for North Carolina politics as they exist today."--Winston-Salem Journal


"Fascinating. . . . Christensen is a keen observer and first-rate storyteller. . . . Whether you're a native or a newcomer, Christensen's book will tell you things you didn't know about the people and forces behind [North Carolina's] astonishing transformation."--The Charlotte Observer


"The well-told story of North Carolina's 20th-century political dynasties forged by patronage, cronyism, kickbacks, fraud, character assassination and the high art of stealing elections honorably. . . . Christensen succeeds where most political historians fail; he makes the story interesting. . . . A must-read for all who value insight into the realities of winning campaigns and governing in a democracy."--John N. Davis, Raleigh News and Observer


"The book is a gem. The analysis and storytelling are first-rate. You learn a lot from this book and have fun doing it. . . . Christensen has spent his professional life observing, probing and writing about the state's political life, meeting the highest standards of objectivity and fairness. There's nobody better to explain Tar Heel politics than Rob Christensen."--John Drescher, Raleigh News and Observer

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"Informative, delightful and entertaining. . . . Suspend[s] [the reader] in the beauty, density, and sacred precision that history demands."--Wake County Physician

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There is hardly a weak spot in the entire book.
Jeffrey H. Sykes
I've been interested in North Carolina politics for years and I found this to be one of the best books I've read on North Carolina's political history.
Herbert W. Stanford III
I asked the Governor that if he was too busy, to have someone he trust like his wife, to read the book and advise him on its excellent content.
William S. Johnson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herbert W. Stanford III on June 2, 2010
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I've been interested in North Carolina politics for years and I found this to be one of the best books I've read on North Carolina's political history. I was especially impressed by the coverage of the white supremacist politics in the state in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (including the overthrow of a legally elected government in Wilmington by white supremacists) that ultimately resulted in the rise of the homophobic, bigoted Jesse Helms to U.S. Senator. Helms "creation" of the modern Republican Party in the state by melding the historically moderate Republicans of North Carolina's mountain region with the break-away right-wing of the Democratic Party in the central and eastern parts of the state changed politics in North Carolina dramatically after 1980.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By O. Max Gardner III on April 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North CarolinaThis is a wonderful read by one of the best newspaper reporters in the State. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who has an interest in the history of modern day politics in North Carolina.

O. Max Gardner III
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Surles on April 17, 2012
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I was quite interested in this book. Although North Carolinians are educated in elementary school about the history of the state, I learned things I never knew. And his interpretation of the recent history of North Carolina in the hands of the businesses that had so much impact on the politics of the state were fascinating. An excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. CAIN on September 27, 2009
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This is a wonderful book. Interesting and well-written. I have bought several copies as gifts for friends who are interested in NC history and politics.
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