Friday, November 18, 2005

Stanley Greenberg

"Liars! Cheaters! Evildoers! captures the power of demonization in our polarized politics, though as the authors rightly point out, this is deeply rooted in our history and political economy. Rather than give in to a diminished civic life, Tom De Luca and John Buell set out a compelling course for restoring democratic civility to politics. This should be on the short list for those who wish to ready themselves for the next battle in our culture wars."—Stanley B. Greenberg, author of The Two Americas: Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break It

Thursday, November 17, 2005

James Morone

Masterful! Fascinating! Unsettling! Explains why Americans regularly demonize political opponents then suggests how we might free ourselves from a long, angry legacy. This rousing book should be required reading for scholars interested in the troubled past and citizens looking to a more democratic future."—James A. Morone, author of Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

William E. Connolly

In a lively and illuminating fashion, De Luca and Buell chart the politics of demonization in America, placing its temptations into correspondence with the sacrifices it imposes on democratic life."—William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University, author of Why I Am Not a Secularist

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Jane Bennett

"Mines diverse sources--newspaper columns, films, commercials, popular music, academic scholarship--offering a truly fair and balanced treatment of Democrats and Republicans, left and right, utterly refusing to demonize the demonizers. This vibrant book could not be more timely."—Jane Bennett, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Political Science, co-editor of The Politics of Moralizing