Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1992 - Political Science - 343 pages
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They have come to intersect with an entire range of domestic issues, from welfare policy to suburban zoning practices. In an explosive chain reaction, a new conservative voting majority has replaced the once-dominant Democratic presidential coalition, and a new polarization has pitted major segments of society against one another. How did this massive power shift occur? Thomas Byrne Edsall of The Washington Post and Mary D. Edsall provide answers in this compelling analysis, cited by Newsweek as "one of the book[s] that shape[d] the debate" in the 1992 presidential campaign.

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Review: Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics

User Review  - Joe Keene - Goodreads

One of the best political books I have ever read. Very lucid and informative about the strategy of the GOP in the Reagan years and how the GOP turned blue collar whites against urban people and minorities in general. Read full review

Review: Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics

User Review  - Chad - Goodreads

Sophmore year CC Thomas Edsall's book, Chain Reaction, gives background and theories into Americas shift to Republican since 1964. Edsall explains that America was fond of Democratic ideas and agreed ... Read full review


Building a TopDown Coalition
A Pivotal Year
The Fraying Consensus
The Nixon Years
The Conservative Ascendance
The Tax Revolt
Race Rights and Party Choice
A Conservative Policy Majority
The Reagan Attack on Race Liberalism
Groups Taxes Big
White Suburbs and a Divided Black
The Stakes

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Thomas B. Edsall is a senior political reporter at the Washington Post and a frequent contributor to such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Civilization, Harper's, the American Prospect, The Nation, Washington Monthly, and Dissent. His awards include the Carey McWilliams Award of the American Political Science Association, the Bill Pryor Award of the Newspaper Guild, a year-long fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and five Media Fellowships at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His previous book, Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 1992. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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