If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How It Might Be Saved


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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.4 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Tomasky is a columnist for the Daily Beast, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and the editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He lives in Maryland.


Michael Tomasky, one of America's finest political commentators, gives us a synoptic account of our broken politics, and a far-reaching program to fix it. The polarization that afflicts politics today is not a fact of nature, he reminds us, but the result of cultural changes and political choices over the past several decades. Tomasky's bold proposals for reform offer a fresh take on how to repair our fractured republic.--Michael J. Sandel, author of What Money Can't Buy
Sweeping, rollicking, sometimes breezy political and cultural back story to our current moment, one that demands we become informed... Indeed, the most helpful -- if sobering -- point Tomasky makes is that while our current troubles created the conditions that brought us a President Trump, those troubles would exist no matter who was in the White House. And it will take much more than a new occupant to fix them.--Jason Zengerle, New York Times Book Review
Daily Beast columnist Tomasky confirms what we already knew--America is polarized--and masterfully charts how it always has been that way, especially at the beginning... The author expertly sifts through American history, citing compromises, which mostly made everyone unhappy. Refreshingly, Tomasky also offers 'A Fourteen-Point Agenda to Reduce Polarization, ' which includes a host of reasonable ideas.... Read this excellent book; it's your civic duty.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
If We Can Keep It is an important, instructive, and vibrant history, well told and accessible to anyone who cares about American politics. Michael Tomasky walks you through this country's often raucous journey from division to division to occasional unity and back to division again. He also offers some common-sense ways that we can yet recover our collective sanity."--Joy Reid, host of MSNBC's AM Joy
If We Can Keep It is a brilliant and timely answer to the most important questions in contemporary politics: how did we get here--and how do we get out? Tomasky's account of our polarized society is informed by a broad knowledge of history and a rich understanding of the country that Donald Trump, amazingly enough, serves as President.--Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and author of American Heiress