Madison's Sorrow: Today's War on the Founders and America's Liberal Ideal

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6.2 X 8.9 X 1.3 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Kevin C. O'Leary is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine and teaches in the Political Science Department at Chapman University. A contributor to The American Prospect, he was the lead West Coast reporter for TIME, as well as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He earned his PhD at Yale University. His previous book, Saving Democracy: A Plan for Real Representation in America, was a finalist for the American Political Science Association's Michael Harrington Award.


A compelling account of the rise of the right in contemporary American politics and the threat that it poses to the country's most basic values. A must-read for all who care about the future of American democracy.--Erwin Chemerinsky, author of 'The Conservative Assault on the Constitution' and Dean of University of California, Berkeley School of Law
If you want to understand the deeper menace of Trumpism, read this book. Kevin O'Leary tells this complex and alarming story brilliantly.--Robert Kuttner, co-editor of 'The American Prospect' and author of 'Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism'
Kevin O'Leary offers us a timely and important examination of the illiberal idiocy that courses throughout American history. He champions a revitalized liberalism that should win over those who are searching for an alternative to the threat posed by the right. This book should be read - and read now.--Kevin Mattson, author of 'Rebels All!' and 'When America Was Great' Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History, Ohio University
The problem with our politics is not Donald Trump; it is the many who support him. Kevin O'Leary's book explains in great detail and with the clearest of prose, just how this crazy situation came about.--Alan Wolfe, author of 'The Future of Liberalism, ' professor of Political Science and director of The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College