"Lively and well crafted. . . . A valuable study of an important aspect of the state's history, acessible for both general and scholarly audiences."
-- Journal of Southern History
"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
"A lively account of history [that] includes eyebrow-raising facts."
-- Fayetteville Observer
Concentrating his focus on the upper level of state politics, the battles for the offices of governor and senator, Christensen explains the see-saw of Tar Heel sentiments. . . . Christensen thoroughly covers his topic.
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
"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
This book is more than issues and events, however. It is an encyclopedic biographical reference of the people whose electoral success, achievements, and misadventures have long confounded those seeking to properly place North Carolina on the political spectrum.
--Howard E. Covington Jr., coeditor of The North Carolina Century: Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000
"A vivid tableau. . . . Informative, delightful and entertaining. . . . A page turner."
-- Wake County Physician
"Hotter and slicker than a politician's handshake at a pig pickin' in July."
-- Marcy Smith, Raleigh Raleigh News & Observer
"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
"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