The Two Americas
Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break It
By Stanley B. Greenberg
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312318383, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 2004
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The 2000 presidential left the world standing still, but it was no fluke. America is divided right down the middle - the product of a half-century, unique in our country's history, of inconclusive, increasingly heated partisan battle. Tantalizingly close to victory, each party inflames and mobilizes its most loyal supporters and battles to gain even a small edge with some contested groups. Politics has become culture war - a fight about values, faith, the family, how people should live their lives. The result: partisans are more partisan, politics more polarized, America more divided.
The Two Americas: Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break It tells the history of each party's failed efforts to dominate the era's politics and ideas, radically changing the political landscape. The book provides an in-depth guide to the new groups at the center of our politics. Internationally renowned political strategist and pollster Stanley Greenberg puts the reader in the room with the strategists and politicians and shows how each party can win, even shatter the impasse.
The Two Americas is a political primer and strategic playbook for this unique era - essential reading for any armchair political strategist or engaged citizen eager to understand our future politics.
Stanley B. Greenberg is CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. He has served as advisor and pollster to President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröeder and Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. He was key to the war room team that last defeated President Bush and is also the author of Middle Class Dreams.
"This highly original work is packed with relevant information, which Greenberg interprets lucidly and scrupulously, and from which he constructs his strategies for change. Anyone concerned with the prospects for moving from the existing political polarization and stalemate to a better America should read this book."
-Robert Dahl, Sterling Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Yale University, and author of numerous political science books including On Democracy and How Democratic is the American Constitution?
"The defining political fact of our time is the division of America. Stan Greenberg has devoted his career to studying those fault lines and strategizing about how to bridge them. The Two Americas is his master work. Whichever party absorbs his insights will have a master plan."
"Written by the nation's most astute political analyst, The Two Americas dissects the U.S. electorate, revealing the human aspirations and historical forces at the root of the current partisan deadlock. Regular Americans speak out, and political parties come alive. Equally important, Greenberg goes beyond analysis to show Democrats the way forward. To recapture momentum and achieve an enduring majority, our party should fight for a '100 Percent America' combining patriotism with opportunity and security for all. This is a perfect formula for 2004 -- and let's hope the Democratic presidential aspirants are listening."
-Theda Skocpol, Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University and author of Diminished Democracy
"This is hands down the most important book in American politics in my memory. It is. I can't think of another...well, maybe since The Making of the President, in 1960."
"Memo to the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. IT LAYS OUT THE BEST STRATEGY I'VE SEEN FOR BEATING BUSH. THAT WOULD BE BAD FOR AMERICA. SO PLEASE, PLEASE-IGNORE STANLEY GREENBERG!"
-William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and co-author of the bestselling The War Over Iraq
"The Two Americas is a serious book about a serious topic at a serious time. I'd much rather Stan Greenberg be writing smart books about politics than giving Democrats smart advice in them."
-Mary Matalin, Republican analyst and Bush White House adviser