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5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Useful for Progressives, Centrists, Independents, and Conservatives, September 7, 2008
This review is from: Safire's Political Dictionary (Paperback)
While this is a handy book to have around when you forget what "New Federalism" means, it's also much more than that. I read a portion of The Political Dictionary each day, and so you could say that this book functioned as an "intellectual devotional."

This edition of the Dictionary is fascinating, funny, and impressively up-to-date, with references to both McCain and Obama. (No "hockey moms," however.)

Speaking of presidential candidates, I want to emphasize that Safire has done a very good job of officiating his material and staying neutral. Yes, Safire is, of course, a Republican; his most recent column was "The Audacity of Hype," and referred to how unimpressed Safire was with Obama's nomination acceptance speech. (Hard to believe that this former speechwriter couldn't appreciate it, but anyway.) Having just gone through this superlative book with an attentive eye, I feel Safire treats his material fairly and with a penchant for the trenchant anecdote that illustrates his point brilliantly.

Highly recommended.
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