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on September 9, 2017
A bit dated, but still relevant as a analysis of the extreme right.
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on January 21, 2014
The authors have gathered statistics, attended Tea Party events and visited with Tea Partiers to give a balanced view of what the Tea Party is and what it is not. To do this they have divided the book into three sections representing three aspects of the Tea Party: its grass roots organization, the moneyed men who back the party, and the media that delivers its message. They also examine the ideology and the historical roots of the Tea Party as well as the reasons for its "sudden" appearance after the election of Barrack Obama. A primer for understanding one of today's major political forces.
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on June 4, 2014
product was as described.
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on November 24, 2013
Well-written, well-researched... Great information and insights. I have a greater understanding of the movement as a result of reading this book.
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on June 5, 2016
It`s good
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on November 17, 2012
This was a terrific book. It assembled a tremendous amount of information of the Tea Party and provided some very important insights into the workings of this new organization. It also furnished a more nuanced understanding of the many of the supporters of the Tea Party than we have gotten from the regular news media. Its most important lesson for progressives is that it showed how much energy and intelligence Tea Party supporters possess, and why they have been so successful in creating and implementing their social and political agenda.
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on December 13, 2011
This book is a bulls-eye. If you care about politics in America, get this book. The authors smartly dissect one of the most interesting and important movements of our time. Everyone talks about the Tea Party, this book helps us understand it. Turn off the cable chatter shows for a few hours, and pick up this book--especially if you plan to track on the elections next year (2012). Important to note, this book is a good read no matter what your party is. A must-read!
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on January 12, 2012
The combination of considerable research of published materials, plus personal visits to Tea Party members and their meetings, provides an intriguing portrait of what that organization amounts to: A combination of grassroots populism, conservative, wealthy elitists and a cheering gallery consisting of the right-wing media. That the authors are confessed liberals has not prevented them from presenting a broad and compelling portrait of the Tea Party movement. What's lacking is the answer to the question, "Why has the Tea Party been so influential, unlike simmilar movements in like times in America's past?" I can remember the Roosevelt Era, when conservative figures regarded the then President much as individulas with similar political leanings look upon President Obama, and yet there was no effective attack on his political programs. Yes, he was called a socialist. With antisemitism then the fad rather than the current anti-Islamist movement, it's interesting to recall that Roosevelt's enemies referred to "that man" as Rosenfeld, just as Obama is rumored in conservative circles as being a Muslim. And, of course, the then right-wing was constantly fuming over "pump priming" and an "enormous" national debt that would be a crushing burden on future generations. Oh, yes, there were also contemporary Becks and Limbaughs, with Father Coughlin heading the charge. So, why has the Tea Party done so well with essentially the same materials and politcal atmosphere that the right-wing experienced back in the Thirties and yet accomplished so little? This otherwise excellent book barely ventures into these waters to answer that question, and that is a disappointment.
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on April 12, 2013
I am sorry to have little time to review the book now. It is a very good empirical study (a bit too indulgent toward the people the authors meet, perhaps?) backed by very sound sociological theory and great intelligence. It is a must read.
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on February 19, 2012
Skocpol and Williamson offer a direct insight into the viewpoints and perspectives of the new Tea Party movement, offering direct interviews with members and activists across the country in Tea Party groups. Instead of depending on media biases and how they try to mediate the Tea Party, Skocpol and Williamson meet one on one with individuals and allow them to speak for themselves. This almost ethnographic approach isn't always pretty and some conservatives may feel angry that the book presents the Tea Party members in full, rough edges and all, but it is a far more honest and fleshed out approach.
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