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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (April 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421405962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421405964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

About the Author

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.


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I learned some stuff and enjoyed reading the book.
Terry L
He also documents that while House Democrats malign the Tea Party as "astro-turf", indeed there isn't just one Tea Party, but many Tea Parties.
Joel Avrunin
And, it is refreshingly short, but written well to the point.
A. Tegtmeier

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on June 10, 2012
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I have long been an admirer of the work of Ronald P. Formisano, a leading historian of antebellum politics. I remember having read his book, "The Transformation of Political Culture: Massachusetts Parties, 1790s-1840s" (1971), while in graduate school, as well as other works he has published over the years. In every case I have found his studies thorough and insightful as well as compellingly researched and written. "The Tea Party: A Brief History" is a continuation of this tradition of excellence in historical work.

Formisano, who has also written on populist movements in the antebellum era, as well as about the Boston busing controversy, applies his lens of historical understanding to the Tea Party. He locates its origins in a strong animosity toward the political class, something that has been present in every populist movement in American history, but he finds this permutation strikingly different from what has gone before in its largely pro-business attitude. In the past populists have tended to view big business, industrialists, and the forces of the industrial revolution as enemies of the general public. In that context, earlier populists emphasized that the individualistic, libertarian America of the agrarian eighteenth century had been swept away by the forces of the industrial revolution, urbanization, centralization, and modernity. Accordingly, they advocated a new political consensus that included as its core using the power the federal government to ensure democracy and liberty for all Americans. They tended to emphasize the harnessing a national government that was more rather than less powerful than it had been as a bulwark against overbearing self-interest, greed, corruption, and unchecked power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Regan VINE VOICE on July 18, 2012
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The Tea Party a brief history contains a history of the Tea Party and presents the aims of the Tea Party, places the Tea Party within the context of other citizen movements and presents its place within the the context of the Republican Party as a whole. While this book served to reinforce some of my understanding of the Tea Party, enhancing what was previously only a cursory knowledge, most of of the material was new to me. While there are several chapters devoted to the history of the Tea Party, including the parties' pivotal influence on the 2010 mid term elections, much of the book is devoted to presenting the relationship between the Tea Party and other elements of the Republican party. Thus there are chapters devoted to the Tea Party and big business, and the Tea Party and the Religious Right. Surprisingly these relationships are somewhat tense. For example, while the Tea Party is primarily concerned with the government, whether it be corruption, waste, or the influence of the government of the lives of individuals, they are also concerned with the power of corporations. Yet, big business has found the Tea Party to be useful to it, especially in regards to the Tea Parties' support of removing laws that limit the right of big businesses to pollute and restrict their use of resources that help their businesses. The relationship of the Tea Party to the religious right is less tense; the older generation of the religious right support the Tea Party in overwhelming numbers. However, there are some tensions between the younger generation of evangelical conservatives and the Tea Party. These concerns revolve around the question of the character of President Obama.Read more ›
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Onekema on May 4, 2012
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Dr Formisano provides a handy (137 page) balanced (not polemic) historical (based on his academic expertise on American populist movements) perspective of the Tea Party and its role/influence on recent elections. In a handy format (easily read in a couple of hours), he treats his subject with a bemused sense of humor: tolerant/sympathetic of the "grassroots" TPers but critical of their "astroturf" paymasters (the Koch Brothers and other conservative business interests). He also makes clear the role of Fox News in arousing the masses; less clear is how they will benefit, personally, from less government/lower taxes (since most already get a lot of help from Washington).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Tegtmeier VINE VOICE on July 8, 2012
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Almost everybody who will be interested in this book will certainly have a basic knowledge of the Tea Party phenomenon, which goes beyond that what Fox News disseminates.
So, most of the facts mentioned in this book are not of the earth-shattering variety - you've heard all that before. Though it is still very handy to have this available in a very concise and to the point manner.
What makes this book standout then, is not so much the historical account of the Tea Party movement, but the look behind the scenes.
How the Tea Parties are entangled with big business (sometimes without their knowledge, sometime in plain view of everybody), how their relationship to the religious right is, how leftist ideas are intertwined in the doctrines (without most people even noticing it ...), and most of all how the movement gradually begins right now to eat their own stars (The revolution eats their children ... how true, even after 200+ years).
This book therefore is more a sociological treatise, than a historical account or a political analysis, or even THE standard work about this topic. But it is very informative and interesting, and shines some light of the inner clockwork of the movement. And, it is refreshingly short, but written well to the point.
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