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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Carville, Stan Greenberg Narrator: James Carville, Stan Greenberg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781101579466
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It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! confirms what we have all suspected: Washington and Wall Street have really screwed things up for the average American. Work has been devalued. Education costs are out of sight. Effort and ambition have never been so scantily rewarded. Political guru James Carville and pollster extraordinaire Stan Greenberg argue that our political parties must admit their failures and the electorate must reclaim its voice, because taking on the wealthy and the privileged is not class warfare—it is a matter of survival. Told in the alternating voices of these two top political strategists, It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! provides eye-opening and provocative arguments on where our government—including the White House—has gone wrong, and what voters can do about it. 

Controversial and outspoken, authoritative and shrewd, It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! is destined to make waves during the 2012 presidential campaign, and will set the agenda for legislative battles and political dust-ups during the next administration.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Political guru James Carville and savvy pollster Stan Greenberg team up for a presidential campaign-oriented book that will be part of the media circus surrounding the election.”

    Booklist

  • “Top-gun political strategist, ever controversial Ragin’ Cajun James Carville and pollster nonpareil Stan Greenberg deliver the message that could keep Obama in office: It’s The Middle Class, Stupid! But class warfare isn’t the answer (nuts!); it’s for both parties to admit their failures and for regular people to get involved in taking back their country from bigwigs in Wall Street and Washington.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “For many Democrats [the book] will be the playbook on how to talk to voters about economic issues…Democrats and Republicans alike in the elite and political class should pay heed: these pages contain more than a little truth.”

    National Journal

  • “For political junkies who enjoy straight-talk policy discussion.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A recipe for President Barack Obama’s reelection…very timely…impressive.”

    Associated Press

  • A New York Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rmarcassoli | 12/7/2013

    " Too Pro-Clinton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanci | 12/2/2013

    " Very interesting, I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot that I didn't know. Quite motivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Herrigstad | 11/6/2013

    " Good read before elections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raimo Wirkkala | 10/24/2013

    " These 2 authors make for an interesting and entertaining tag-team; the wonky pollster (Greenberg) and the passionate political operative (Carville) combining forces to make their argument that this election season needs to be about fairness to the middle class of America. The case is well made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 8/20/2013

    " Not the most eloquent prose I have ever read, but based on solid research and addresses the one issue of most vital importance in the coming election. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/17/2013

    " Sociology and the American dream... amazing discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri Autrey | 7/25/2013

    " Super great book. It's hard to put down because I learned so much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Travis Griggs | 6/10/2013

    " Terribly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 3/6/2013

    " A bit strident at times, and the format -- attempting to present their ideas as a back-and-forth discussion -- didn't really work for me. That being said, they seemed to make a pretty good argument about the plight of the middle class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 3/2/2013

    " A well thought out book that gives the Democratic message for the middle class. You may not agree with all they say, but their case is compelling. Reading this is far better than the one minute spots on TV. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Hauck | 2/9/2013

    " Interesting but I'm not sure people will go for the ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 12/4/2012

    " as a staunch democrat, loved it. if you are republican, don't bother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathi | 11/15/2012

    " I loved this book. It's well done and will make you think. It's made me decide to be more disciplined with money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherman | 10/25/2012

    " Carville at his best! They say there is no middle class anymore. There's just the rich and the poor. After reading this book maybe the talk is right. The middle class gets hit with everything! Enjoyed this book a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edie | 9/9/2012

    " Very timely book! Excellent read with valid information that every politician should read...and every voter! "

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About the Author
Author James Carville

James Carville is the best known political consultant in American history. He is also a speaker, talk show host, actor, and author with many New York Times bestsellers to his credit. Until its final broadcast, he was cohost of CNNs Crossfire and then started appearing on The Situation Room. Part of a large Southern family, he grew up without a television and loved to listen to his mother tell stories. Teaching at Tulane University, he now lives with his wife and two daughters in New Orleans.