Why Americans Hate Politics

Finalist, National Book Awards 1991 for Nonfiction

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ISBN 978-0743265737
Simon & Schuster
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E.J. Dionne, Jr.

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At the heart of Why Americans Hate Politics is the view that ideas shape politics far more than most accounts of public life usually allow. I believe ideas matter not only to elites and intellectuals, but also to rank and file voters. Indeed, I often think that the rank and file see the importance of ideas more clearly than the elites, who often find themselves surprised by the rise of the movements that arise from the bottom up and shape our politics.