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Politics Lost - How American Democracy Was Trivialized By People Who Think You're Stupid

Joe Klein

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People on the right are furious. People on the left are livid. And the center isn't holding. There is only one thing on which almost everyone agrees: there is something very wrong in Washington. The country is being run by pollsters. Few politicians are able to win the voters' trust. Blame abounds and personal responsibility is nowhere to be found. There is a cynicism in Washington that appalls those in every state, red or blue. The question is: Why? The more urgent question is: What can be done about it? Few people are more qualified to deal with both questions than Joe Klein. There are many loud and opinionated voices on the political scene, but no one sees or writes with the clarity that this respected observer brings to the table. He has spent a lifetime enmeshed in politics, studying its nuances, its quirks, and its decline. He is as angry and fed up as the rest of us, so he has decided to do something about it-in these pages, he vents, reconstructs, deconstructs, and reveals how and why our leaders are less interested in leading than they are in the "permanent campaign" that political life has become. The book opens with a stirring anecdote from the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Klein re-creates the scene of Robert Kennedy's appearance in a black neighborhood in Indianapolis, where he gave a gut-wrenching, poetic speech that showed respect for the audience, imparted dignity to all who listened, and quelled a potential riot. Appearing against the wishes of his security team, it was one of the last truly courageous and spontaneous acts by an American politician-and it is no accident that Klein connects courage to spontaneity. From there, Klein begins his analysis-campaign by campaign-of how things went wrong. From the McGovern campaign polling techniques to Roger Ailes's combative strategy for Nixon; from Reagan's reinvention of the Republican Party to Lee Atwater's equally brilliant reinvention of behind-the-scenes strategizing; from Jimmy Carter to George H. W. Bush to Bill Clinton

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English

Length:

5h 2m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

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Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

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Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

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Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

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Chapter 22
Chapter 22

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Chapter 23
Chapter 23

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Chapter 24
Chapter 24

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Chapter 25
Chapter 25

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Chapter 26
Chapter 26

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Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

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Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

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Chapter 36
Chapter 36

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Chapter 37
Chapter 37

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Chapter 38
Chapter 38

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Chapter 39
Chapter 39

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Chapter 40
Chapter 40

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Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

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Chapter 43
Chapter 43

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Chapter 44
Chapter 44

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Chapter 45
Chapter 45

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Chapter 46
Chapter 46

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Chapter 47
Chapter 47

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Chapter 48
Chapter 48

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Chapter 49
Chapter 49

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Chapter 50
Chapter 50

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Chapter 51
Chapter 51

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Chapter 52
Chapter 52

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Chapter 53
Chapter 53

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Chapter 54
Chapter 54

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Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:17


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

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Chapter 62
Chapter 62

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Chapter 63
Chapter 63

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Chapter 64
Chapter 64

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Chapter 65
Chapter 65

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Chapter 66
Chapter 66

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Chapter 67
Chapter 67

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Chapter 68
Chapter 68

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