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The Resource Burning down the house : Newt Gingrich, the fall of a speaker, and the rise of the new Republican Party, Julian E. Zelizer

Burning down the house : Newt Gingrich, the fall of a speaker, and the rise of the new Republican Party, Julian E. Zelizer

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Burning down the house : Newt Gingrich, the fall of a speaker, and the rise of the new Republican Party
Title
Burning down the house
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Newt Gingrich, the fall of a speaker, and the rise of the new Republican Party
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Julian E. Zelizer
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Newt Gingrich, the fall of a speaker, and the rise of the new Republican Party
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eng
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"The story of how Newt Gingrich and his allies tainted American politics, launching an enduring era of brutal partisan warfare When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, President Obama observed that Trump "is not an outlier; he is a culmination, a logical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party for the past ten, fifteen, twenty years." In Burning Down the House, historian Julian Zelizer pinpoints the moment when our country was set on a path towards an era of bitterly partisan and ruthless politics, an era that was ignited by Newt Gingrich and his allies. In 1989, Gingrich brought down the Democratic Speaker of the House Jim Wright and catapulted himself into the national spotlight. Perhaps more than any other politician, Gingrich introduced the rhetoric and tactics that have shaped Congress and the Republican Party for the last three decades. Elected to Congress in 1978, Gingrich quickly became one of the most powerful figures in America not through innovative ideas or charisma, but through a calculated campaign of attacks against political opponents, casting himself as a savior in a fight of good versus evil. Taking office in the post-Watergate era, he weaponized the good government reforms newly introduced to fight corruption, wielding the rules in ways that shocked the legislators who had created them. His crusade against Democrats culminated in the plot to destroy the political career of Speaker Wright. While some of Gingrich's fellow Republicans were disturbed by the viciousness of his attacks, his party enjoyed his successes so much that they did little collectively to stand in his way. Democrats, for their part, were alarmed, but did not want to sink to his level and took no effective actions to stop him. It didn't seem to matter that Gingrich's moral conservatism was hypocritical or that his methods were brazen, his accusations of corruption permanently tarnished his opponents. This brand of warfare worked, not as a strategy for governance but as a path to power, and what Gingrich planted, his fellow Republicans reaped. He lead them to their first majority in Congress in decades, and his legacy extends far beyond his tenure in office. From the rise of the Tea Party to the Trump presidential campaign, his fingerprints can be seen throughout some of the most divisive episodes in contemporary American politics. Burning Down the House presents the alarming narrative of how Gingrich and his allies created a new normal in Washington, introducing ruthless and destructive practices that have endured today"--
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Zelizer, Julian E
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328.73/092
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  • illustrations
  • plates
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Gingrich, Newt
  • Rhetoric
  • Communication in politics
  • United States
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Political culture
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Legislative Branch
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Corruption & Misconduct
  • Gingrich, Newt
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • United States
  • Communication in politics
  • Orators
  • Political culture
  • Politics and government
  • Rhetoric
  • United States
  • United States
  • Republican Party (U.S.)
  • Rhetoric
  • Communication
  • Political culture
  • United States
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Burning down the house : Newt Gingrich, the fall of a speaker, and the rise of the new Republican Party, Julian E. Zelizer
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue: Speak like Newt -- The making of a renegade Republican -- A political wrecking ball -- The perfect foil -- Legitimating Gingrich -- Missing the tempest -- Scandal frenzy -- Gingrich on top -- Mindless cannibalism
Control code
on1111389949
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781594206658
Lccn
2019044440
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)1111389949
Label
Burning down the house : Newt Gingrich, the fall of a speaker, and the rise of the new Republican Party, Julian E. Zelizer
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue: Speak like Newt -- The making of a renegade Republican -- A political wrecking ball -- The perfect foil -- Legitimating Gingrich -- Missing the tempest -- Scandal frenzy -- Gingrich on top -- Mindless cannibalism
Control code
on1111389949
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781594206658
Lccn
2019044440
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1111389949

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