Our Country: The Shaping Of America From Roosevelt To Reagan

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Our Country: The Shaping Of America From Roosevelt To Reagan

By Michael Barone
Free Press, 1990
805 pp. $29.95
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This exuberant, fast-paced historical analysis of American national politics demonstrates that whom we elect and how we elect them are important and interesting matters. Barone's two principal theses-well supported by statistics and narrative-are, first, cultural issues are generally more important than economic ones and, second, in time of war the nation moves toward big government and uniformity, in time of peace toward smaller government and diversity. One might add that political tension may be particularly high in times of neither war nor peace. This is an important book of prize-winning quality.

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