The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

Mike Lofgren (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$17.00
Publisher
Penguin Group
Publish Date
August 27, 2013
Pages
232
Dimensions
5.0 X 7.8 X 0.8 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780143124214

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About the Author

Mike Lofgren spent twenty-eight years in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees. He holds two degrees in history and received a Fulbright scholarship. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Reviews

"Lofgren's ideas are trenchant and far-reaching. . . . With the feel of a long-repressed confession and the authority of an insider's testimony, like the anti-war views of a decorated infantry officer . . . he writes about how the Republican party took advantage of a profoundly ignorant electorate, an easily conned and distracted media, and a cowed Democratic Party to press the ideological struggle in spite of the deep unpopularity of many of its positions."

--George Packer, The New Yorker


"A fast-moving, hard-hitting, dryly witty book-length account of the radicalization of the Republican party, the failures of Democratic rivals and the appalling consequences for the country at large. Like the essay that inspired it, The Party Is Over is forceful, convincing and seductive."

--The Washington Post


"Expect demand for this inside view of Washington, D.C., by a staffer who spent a quarter-century on Capitol Hill before publishing a screed on "America's broken political system" at truthout.org. Lofgren criticizes Democrats . . . but his long service to GOP office-holders inevitably makes his critique of that party more detailed and fascinating. . . . A pungent, penetrating insider polemic."

--Mary Carroll, Booklist (starred review)


"A scrupulously bipartisan diagnosis of the sick state of American politics and governance . . . Lofgren devotes close attention to budget issues rarely accorded so much detail in garden-variety op-ed warfare. Sustaining his original thesis well beyond Internet-browsing attention span, Lofgren has crafted an angry but clear-sighted argument that may not sit well at family reunions or dinner parties, but deserves attention."

--Publishers Weekly


"A well-argued call for more sanity in American politics."--Kirkus Reviews