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Author: Sean Wilentz Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781681681832
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Historian Sean Wilentz presents two key insights that together reveal a clearer, much-needed vision of American political history.

First, partisanship has almost always been a feature of American history and in fact has made possible the nation’s greatest social reforms. There is little to be gained from a “postpartisan” political world. Second, the recent attention to economic inequality has a long history. From the founders’ generation to the present, America’s egalitarian tradition has appeared and reappeared like an underground river.

This egalitarian tradition has triumphed - in the Civil War and Progressive eras, the New Deal, the Great Society - not through some sort of bipartisan partnership nor through outsiders’ vital protests but through contentious yet effective party politics.

As he did in The Rise of American Democracy, Wilentz masterfully ties together the key figures and moments of American history to completely refresh our thinking about this nation’s political and moral character.

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About the Author

Sean Wilentz is a professor of American history at Princeton University. He is the author of The Age of Reagan and The Rise of American Democracy, which received the coveted Bancroft Prize. The historian-in-residence for Bob Dylan’s official Website, he has also received a Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary and a Grammy nomination for his liner notes to Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan, Live 1964: The Concert at Philharmonic Hall.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.