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Formisano merits attention for providing even-handed perspective on and clarifying misconceptions about America’s recent political phenomenon... The author makes valuable clarifications: the Tea Party and the religious right are not synonymous, and there are factional disputes... His most trenchant observation might have emerged from a Pirandello play: 'Its partisans and critics alike, as if reading tea leaves, often see in it what they wish to see.' within.(Publishers Weekly)
Formisano examines the conditions that gave birth to the Tea Party and whether it is genuinely grassroots or directed by corporate interests and billionaires. A helpful primer on a movement that is changing the American political landscape.(Vanessa Bush Booklist)
Written in a brisk, journalistic fashion, this informative book is an excellent snapshot of the Tea Party as it seeks to make further inroads in the political arena.(Library Journal)
Formisano is a highly respected authority on the history of populist movements. In an evenhanded way he writes of the origins of the Tea Party or Tea Parties (there are many competing factions), in resentments against so-called 'elites,' and various alliances and rejections at the grass roots.(Lexington Herald-Leader)
One of the most orderly presentations of this recent history I have read... Take a few hours in the waning days of summer to read The Tea Party: A Brief History so that you can explain to your students why the Paul Ryan candidacy is history in the making.(Claire Potter Tenured Radical, Chronicle of Higher Education)
A fine and easy introduction to a brand new party and its concepts, recommended for any general collection strong in American history and politics.(Midwest Book Review)
A succinct but enlightening history of the Tea Party in the US.(Choice)
Ron Formisano dons a pair of fine historical lenses to read the tea leaves of the reactionary populism that has become an undeniable political force in 21st-century America. This is a lucid and intelligently constructed primer on the coalition of Americans longing and lobbying for (far too) simple answers to complicated questions. He gets it just right.(Ellen Goodman)
Formisano offers more than a mere primer to the Tea Party's history, In addition to looking behind the movement's founding myths, he establishes interesting links between Christian conservatives' biblical fundamentalism and the constitutional originalism espoused by many Tea Partiers.(Claudia Franziska Bruehwiler Political Studies Review)
Ronald P. Formisano is the William T. Bryan Chair of American History at the University of Kentucky. His most recent book is For the People: American Populist Movements from the Revolution to the 1850s.
my headline explains my review of the book. very bland! There are better books that provide a better ;understand of the tea PartyPublished on July 13, 2013 by W.A.P. Thompson, Jr.
As a history instructor at the college level, I adhere to the general rule of thumb to avoid conducting any historical analysis of any topic that is A) not, at least, 20 years old,... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Kyle Slayzar
I normally don't read politically oriented books but I was curious about the Tea Party so I decided to give this a try. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Bigstory
I wanted to read this book because The Tea Party Movement just seemed to suddenly appear on the political scene in the last election, without much explanation through the... Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by LAURI CRUMLEY COATES
The Tea Party, as most know, is a fairly recent phenomenon. The author of this short, concise, and interesting book details how the Tea Party movement was founded, how it operates... Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by Frederick S. Goethel
I suspect even Ronald Formisano would agree that the Tea Party's comprehensive, scholarly history has yet to be written (hence the subtitle, "A Brief History"). Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by kelsie
The Brief mentioned in the title of this book really isn't joking. This book is not long at all. That said, I really enjoyed reading the history of the Tea Party. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Mr. Bey
Just finished reading Ronald Formisano's "The Tea Party: a brief history" and - yes - it is brief (only 125 pages of main text) but also very well formulated. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Amazon Customer
'The Tea Party: A Brief History' succeeds in condensing the rise of the Tea Party movement into a conveniently brief book. However, the brevity comes at a high price. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by J