Why has American politics fallen into such a state of horrible dysfunction? Can it ever be fixed? These are the questions that motivate Michael Tomasky's deeply original examination into the origins of our hopelessly polarized nation in his most recent book, If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed, and How It Might Be Saved. Called "one of America's finest political commentators," Tomasky ranges across centuries and disciplines to show how America has almost always had two dominant parties that are existentially, and often violently, opposed. When he turns to our current era, he does so with striking insight that will challenge readers to reexamine what they thought they knew. Finally, not content merely to diagnose these problems, Tomasky offers a provocative agenda for how we can help fix our broken political system--from ranked-choice voting and at-large congressional elections to expanding high school civics education nationwide.
Combining revelatory data with trenchant analysis, Tomasky tells us how the nation broke apart and points us toward a more hopeful political future.
Michael Tomasky is the editor in chief of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, a special correspondent for Newsweek / The Daily Beast, a contributing editor for The American Prospect, and a contributor to The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. He is the author of four books: Left for Dead: The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of Progressive Politics in America (1996), Hillary’s Turn (2001), the e-book Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles and America, Then and Now (2014) and Bill Clinton (2017), a short political biography included in The American Presidents series. He lives outside of Washington with his wife and daughter.
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