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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Democratic Strategist Press (April 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692019790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692019795
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, Levinson makes a convincing argument that—despite claims to the contrary from some political strategists—the Democratic Party still needs the support of the white working class. In presenting his case that this portion of the electorate is still vital to the success of progressives, Levinson offers up a host of facts and figures while shattering stereotypes of the white working class as a diminished and largely conservative group. Regardless of one's political affiliation, Levison's thesis is fascinating and well articulated. His book raises important questions about the future of American politics, while also offering useful insights on the distinctions between media stereotypes and real-world complexity and between self-referential political pros and those genuinely concerned with common problems.

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Andy Levison's The White Working Class Today is a tremendous contribution to our understanding of this vital group. Too many progressives dismiss the white working class as either irrelevant or hopelessly reactionary or both. Levison shows in this compelling, empirically grounded work just how wrong they are. I don't often describe a book as a "must read". This is one.
- Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution and Author of The Emerging Democratic Majority

The White Working Class Today is a studious, well-researched, and timely signal to progressives that we cannot ignore today's Reagan Democrats. Levison is a rare voice in progressive and Democratic circles today, and this book raises critical questions about how progressives should think about, define, and address the needs of the white working class.
-Stan Greenberg, leading Democratic pollster, political strategist and advisor to Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Tony Blair and other progressive leaders

In "White Working Class Today," Andrew Levison offers us a powerful analysis and solution to one of the most important dynamics in politics -- the alienation between white working class voters and liberals. Levision fills a large void in an important discussion, explaining exactly how the Democratic coalition can break the political stalemate, bring this important group into the fold and move a stable, progressive agenda forward.
-Karen Nussbaum, Executive director of Working America, the 3 million member community affiliate of the AFL-CIO

Andrew Levison's book assesses today's white working class from a fresh, empirically-grounded perspective, and provides unique insight for all those who want to understand this critically important segment of U.S. society and political life.
-Ed Kilgore, political commentator, author of the Washington Monthly's Political Animal

More About the Author

Andrew Levison is the author of two books and numerous articles on the political attitudes and social conditions of working class Americans. His first book, The Working Class Majority, was nominated for a National Book Award and serialized in The New Yorker. His articles and commentaries have appeared in the Nation,
the American Prospect, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications.

Since 2003, Mr. Levison has been both the Director of Business and Operations and also a Contributing Editor to two significant online political publications: Ruy Teixeira's The Emerging Democratic Majority and The Democratic Strategist whose founding Co-editors are Stan Greenberg, William Galston and Ruy Teixeira. Mr. Levison is the author of over 200 articles for these publications, including many that deal with the issues discussed in this book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed on October 20, 2013
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I chose the rating because the book delivered on most of what it promised in its title. I have relatives in the building trades and most of the descriptions in the book came close to the views they express to me. The recent events in Washington provide evidence of how dysfunctional the legislative process has become and why many Americans and not only the white working class walk away in disgust. The way out of our current situation didn't seem to be fully addressed. I agree a bottom-up approach is needed. I'm not sure many people will find the methods proposed will fill the bill. Also,we need leaders who speak clearly about the issues and demonstrate how government can be part of the solution. These same leaders might think about having a few more beers with ordinary people to learn what they are thinking and not just for the photo op.
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By RICHARD SCHEIBERLE on September 3, 2014
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it is a good read all politicians everywhere read it and think it might help i hope.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E Matthew on June 10, 2013
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Mr. Levison's thesis should be heeded by both parties. His insight leads to an understanding that every American should have about working Americans.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Abe Krieger on November 16, 2013
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It was almost impossible to get through this book. Too much data, not enough conversation. It correctly makes the point that 5 million whites sat out the 2012 election because they couldn't vote for Obama but couldn't relate to Romney. But the author completely ignores the attitudes of the white working class towards blacks and Hispanics. In short, they don't like those groups. McCain and then Romney chose not to paint Obama as a radical black candidate who would give free things to black people. I maintain that had McCain made Rev. Wright a central part of his campaign, he may have won a close election. The white working class would have responded to that.

Going forward, Republicans need to nominate a true conservative to bring those 5 million white voters back. Otherwise, the GOP will continue to lose the presidency.
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