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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Rasmussen, Doug Schoen Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781470801656
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Today’s raucous revolt against Washington and Wall Street is a classic populist uprising. Now two respected political pollsters show what it means for the future of American politics. 

The riotous tea parties and town hall meetings of last summer seemingly took everyone by surprise. They shouldn’t have. Populist movements have always arisen in times of economic hardship. Here, Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen explore the heart of the uprising that has thrown American politics into turmoil.

In the past, populist movements have taken root either on the right or on the left. Today’s revolt has two wings: a left wing that wants universal health care and a right wing that wants to reduce the power of governmental influence in our lives. Both are hostile to the Washington political class, Wall Street, and the mainstream media—all of which they consider out of touch with the concerns of “real” Americans. The difference is that left-wing populists are effectively represented by Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, while right-wing populists are chiefly represented by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh—a potentially more powerful political force.

Many have failed to comprehend the new populism, dismissing it as marginal and extreme. But it is reshaping American politics, whether politicians and elite journalists like it or not. The Tea Party movement is not a flash in the pan. Nor is it a movement of racist rednecks and ignorant boobs, as some have crudely suggested. It is an authentic grassroots movement of concerned American citizens demanding to be heard by an out-of-touch political establishment. Their concerns are real, their issues legitimate. The new populism is here to stay, and it has already changed our politics for the better. 

Mad as Hell is an authoritative guide to the new populism, featuring proprietary polling data, political analysis, results from online focus groups, and more. It is a must-read for anyone interested in American electoral politics.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen are two of America’s most insightful and penetrating political analysts (outside of myself). Their study of the origins and growth of the Tea Party movement explains why Election 2010 is likely to be a seminal moment in American political history.”

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “Doug Schoen and Scott Rasmussen are two of the most important and influential analysts of public opinion in America today, and their study of the Tea Party movement deserves careful consideration by anyone interested in assessing the critical importance of this growing movement.”

    Sean Hannity

  • Mad as Hell methodically explains the creation and evolution of the Tea Party, with critical observations about how the movement will continue to influence American politics. This is a definitive account, and required reading.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Narrator Mike Chamberlain’s clarity and excellent pacing help give weight to this data-rich analysis of American populism. The authors used online focus groups and interviews with Tea Party leaders, and although there is extensive overlapping and repetition in this book, it is generally politically balanced. Political junkies on both the left and the right will enjoy this insightful listen.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/2/2013

    " Balanced history of the beginnings of important populist movements. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cameron | 10/28/2012

    " Interesting stats on the makeup of the Tea Party and what galvanized them to act. But a pretty boring read. "

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About the Author

Scott Rasmussen, an independent public-opinion pollster, is the founder of Rasmussen Reports, which attracts more visitors than any other public-opinion firm. The Washington Post calls him “a driving force in American politics,” and he appears regularly on Fox, CNBC, and CNN. 

About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.