A Divider, Not a Uniter: George W. Bush And the American People

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Pearson Longman, 2007 - Political Science - 278 pages
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"This lucid, richly documented analysis is required reading for students of the George W. Bush presidency and American politics more generally." - Fred I. Greenstein, Professor of Politics Emeritus, Princeton University, and author of "The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to George W. Bush," "In this important, accessible, and thoroughly engaging book, Jacobson brilliantly dissects the extraordinary partisan polarization of the Bush era. He combines a lively narrative with remarkable data analysis--drawing together findings from literally thousands of polls, in more than seventy illuminating figures, many of which knock your socks off. . . The book is a must-read for anyone seriously concerned about the political process in the United States." - Paul J. Quirk, Professor and Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation, University of British Columbia .,."Head and shoulders above other books on the presidency of George W. Bush. Jacobson's carefully documented analysis, backed up by extensive reporting and data, demonstrates the purposefulness of the polarizing strategies of the Bush administration, and the reality behind the rhetoric of "I'm a uniter not a divider." Unlike most books about Bush, Jacobson's is neither ideological nor polemical." -Thomas B. Edsall, "Washington Post" political reporter and author of "Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics" (with Mary D. Edsall), "The New Politics of Inequality," and Red America: "The Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power," (forthcoming, Basic Books.) "This is an important book. Jacobson marshals evidence and analyzes the dynamics of public opinion to explain whyGeorge W. Bush is the most polarizing president in the history of systematic polling. His analysis is incisive and balanced." -James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University "A masterful analysis and a major contribution. Applying over a half century of poll data, Jacobson places George W. Bush's presidency and the war in Iraq in broad historical context and derives insights that intrigue and impress." -John Mueller, Professor of political science and Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Ohio State University and author of "War, Presidents and Public Opinion," "Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War," and "The Remnants of War,"

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Contents

Primed for Partisanship
19
To the White House Via Florida
47
Going to War in Iraq
95
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Gary Jacobson is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California at San Diego. His 1980 book, Money in Congressional Elections, won multiple awards. Since its publication, Jacobson has published numerous books and papers about American politics, Congress, campaign financing, and partisan polarization. He has served on many advisory boards, including the NSF Political Science Advisory Panel. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.

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