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The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism

From MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki, a lively and sweeping history of the birth of political tribalism in the 1990s—one that brings critical new understanding to our current political landscape from Clinton to Trump

In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him Speaker. 

The Clinton/Gingrich battles were bare-knuckled brawls that brought about massive policy shifts and high-stakes showdowns—their collisions had far-reaching political consequences. But the ’90s were not just about them.  Kornacki writes about Mario Cuomo’s stubborn presence around Clinton’s 1992 campaign; Hillary Clinton’s star turn during the 1998 midterms, seeding the idea for her own candidacy; Ross Perot’s wild run in 1992 that inspired him to launch the Reform Party, giving Donald Trump his first taste of electoral politics in 1999; and many others. 

With novelistic prose and a clear sense of history, Steve Kornacki masterfully weaves together the various elements of this rambunctious and hugely impactful era in American history, whose effects set the stage for our current political landscape.

Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC.  His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, and the New York Times, among others.  The Red and the Blue is his first book.

ISBN: 9780062439000

ISBN-10: 9780062439000

Publisher: Ecco

Publication Date: 10/01/2019 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/01/2019 - 12:00am

Pages: 512

Language: English

Categories

Political Science / Political Process / Political Parties

Political Science / American Government

History / United States / 20th Century