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Author: Bob Beckel, Cal Thomas Narrator: Cal Thomas, Bob Beckel, Richard Rohan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780061554605
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Inspired by their popular USA Today column, conservative Cal Thomas and liberal Bob Beckel show politicians of both stripes how to get beyond partisanship, restore civility, and move our country forward. Thomas and Beckel are a unique pair in today's political climate—pundits from opposite sides who not only talk to each other but work together to find common ground on some of the most divisive issues facing us, from the war in Iraq to gay marriage to the Patriot Act. Common Ground unmasks the hypocrisy of many of the issues, organizations, and individuals who created and deepened the partisan divide at the center of American politics, and makes a strategic case for why this bickering must stop.

Throughout, Thomas and Beckel explode conventional wisdom and offer surprising new conclusions:

  • The Red State/Blue State divide: Myth!
  • A "common ground" presidential candidate can win in 2008: Reality!
  • "Polarizers" like Ann Coulter and Michael Moore are the future of political debate: Myth!
  • Major-party politics faces extinction: Reality!

These guys should know. For years Beckel and Thomas contributed to the climate of polarization in Washington . . . and they admit it. "We're two guys who spent a lot of years in the polarizing business, but on opposing sides," they write. "We helped write the game plan, and we have participated in everything from getting money out of true believers to appearing on television to help spread the contentious message. In many cases, we wrote the message. We know the gig, and it's just about up."

In this much-needed book, Thomas and Beckel go beyond their column to offer a sobering overview of the current political divide and its corrosive effect on us all.They also explain how bipartisanship and consensus politics are not only good for the day-to-day democratic process but essential for our nation's future well-being.

Entertaining and informative, funny and healing, Common Ground is must reading for all concerned citizens.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A roadmap to peace in Washington after decades of mudslinging.”

    Newsweek

  • “A welcome invitation to civility and reason.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 10/24/2010

    " Great read...love both of these guys work. Very interesting points that have been brought up; however I think their resolutions are a tad unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy | 1/3/2010

    " It's ashame we all can't find common ground no matter what our political beliefs are. Excellent book for those who have hope in our future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 4/17/2009

    " I can't really improve on Ickster's review...he/she has this book pinned down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 6/24/2008

    " A must read for anyone who loves politics. And it should be required reading for anyone who is staunchly Republican or Democrat. A great reminder that neither political party is always right, and neither one is evil. (Okay, well, maybe BOTH are a bit evil...) "

About the Author

Cal Thomas is a conservative author, pundit, and radio commentator. He writes a widely syndicated op-ed column and is a frequent panelist on Fox News Watch.

About the Narrators

Bob Beckel is the Democratic political analyst for Fox News and a professor of political strategy at George Washington University.

Richard Rohan is a stage, film, and voice-over actor who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks over the last decade, in every genre. He is particularly proud of his work as director and performer on the acclaimed Space Fantasy audio drama series Deathstalker.