Synopses & Reviews
Every four years Americans hold a presidential election. Somebody wins and somebody loses. That's life. But 2008 was an anomaly. The election of President Barack Obama is about something far bigger than four or even eight years in the White House. Since 2004, Americans have been witnessing and participating in the emergence of a Democratic majority that will last not four but forty years.
To understand the emergence of a lasting Democratic majority, James Carville first reviews the profound and relentless incompetence of the Bush administration—and the pursuant collapse of the Republican Party. That means looking back at the failure of Republican ideas—including a wholesale rejection of the myth of conservative superiority on the economy—and holding our noses long enough to survey the gallery of truly repellent scoundrels, scandals, and screwups that the Republican Party has been responsible for over the last eight years.
After completing the unpleasant but edifying task of autopsying the Republican Party, Carville examines the underpinnings of Democratic victories in 2004, 2006, and 2008—and makes the argument for why Democrats are going to keep winning (two words: young people). In short, the Republicans are going to keep getting spanked again and again for forty more years because we're right and they're wrong, and Americans know it.
"No one does partisanship better than the Ragin' Cajun.... Professor Carville's class is now in session." ---Time
The number-one New York Times bestselling author and political strategist James Carville offers a rousing call-to-arms to Democrats, whose reclaiming of the White House in 2008 points to the emergence of a Democratic majority that will last for years to come.
About the Author
James Carville is one of the best-known and most-loved political consultants in American history. He is also a speaker, talk-show host, actor, and author with six New York Times bestsellers to his credit, including All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President and We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives. Carville lives with his wife, Mary Matalin, and their two daughters in New Orleans. Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza majored in government at Harvard University, where she was senior editor of the Harvard International Review and director of the Commission on the Status of Women for the Model United Nations. She has interned in the office of former Clinton adviser James Carville, worked as a polling and targeting analyst for the 2008 presidential election at Campaign to Defend America, and served as deputy press secretary for the Democratic National Committee. Winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award, Alan Sklar has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks, including Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden, The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings by Thomas Maier, and The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award (twice), a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine. The Dartmouth graduate's theatre credits include Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Seagull, and many modern roles. Alan has also narrated thousands of corporate videos for clients such as NASA,Sikorsky Aircraft, IBM, Dannon, Pfizer, AT&T, and SONY. For several years, he has been the spokesman for TracFone Wireless Co. and can often be seen and heard on TracFone radio and TV spots and infomercials."I am so pleased, as is my husband, to have found a narrator that holds our attention so well that we have come to compare every other narrator to him (you). So far we have found none with such a talent as yours. We very much plan to listen to as many of your works as we can find." -Sandi King, a letter to Mr. Sklar