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The Fate Of The Union : America's Rocky Road To Political Stalemate - Robert Shogan

The Fate Of The Union

America's Rocky Road To Political Stalemate

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780813342375
Number Of Pages: 348

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The dreary presidential campaign of 1996 and Clinton's disillusioning presidency matched the convulsive pattern of events which yanked the nation in every direction except forward throughout the final decades of the twentieth century. The swings of the previous decade with the Republican ascension in Congress and the Democratic presence in the White House, were less an aberration than a continuation of the disruptions that haunted the post-depression American political system."The Fate of the Union: America's Rocky Road to Political Stalemate" illustrates how the circumstances of each quadrennial American presidential contest have piled on the next, melding into the past and suggesting the future. The book explores the Clinton presidency as a continuum: first, placing it in the context of recent predecessors-from Truman to Bush-and then relating to the events that lead to his election in 1992, shaped his inaugural term, and enabled him to win four more years in the White House.Author Robert Shogan's timely examination shows that short of a thorough changing of the Constitution, the best prevention for an ever-worsening political system is to guard against self-delusion.

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"[Shogan] offers the kind of anecdote and color that have distinguished his long reportorial career."

Author's Notep. xi
Born to Failp. 1
The Coincumbents: the Price of Pragmatismp. 17
The Prinee of Ambivaleneep. 49
The Contenders: Who Else is There?p. 73
The Ppophet: Back to the Futurep. 99
The Unravelingp. 133
The Crybabyp. 165
The Lawmakerp. 197
The Pitchfork Rebellionp. 217
The Return of the Comeback Kidp. 239
Divided They Ranp. 265
The New Political Orderp. 289
A Note on Sourcesp. 321
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9780813342375
ISBN-10: 0813342376
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1