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The Republicans : A History of the Grand Old Party, Paperback / softback Book

The Republicans : A History of the Grand Old Party Paperback / softback


The Republicans is a revised and updated edition of Lewis L.

Gould's 2003 history of the Republican party. The book retains the features that made the first edition a success-a fast-paced account of Republican fortunes, a deep knowledge of the evolution of national political history, and an acute feel for the interplay of personalities and ideology.

All the main players in the Republican story are captured in penetrating sketches and deft analysis.

Gouldbrings to life such forgotten Republican leaders as James G.

Blaine, Mark Hanna, Wendell Willkie, and Robert A. Taft. He also does full justice to such contemporary figures as Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and John McCain. The Republicans contains a new chapter on the George W.

Bush presidency, the election of 2008, and the response of the Grand Old Party to Barack Obama.

Gould argues that the historic Republican skepticism about the legitimacy of the Democratic party has shaped American politics since the Civil War.

In his view, that persistent flaw in the relations between the two parties has led the nation to the current crisis of stalemate and partisan bitterness. The Republicans won praise for its even-handed, incisive analysis of Republican history a decade ago.

Gould's extension of the story through 2008 makes The Republicans an even more useful volume for students and general readers alike.

No other account of Republican history is as up-to-date, crammed with fascinating information, and ready to serve as an informed guide to today's partisan warfare.

Political junkies and readers seeking the best first book on Republican history will findwhat they are looking for in Gould's comprehensive volume.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 416 pages, 34 illus.
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780199936625


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