Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, Washington Examiner; Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; co-author, The Almanac of American Politics
"This volume does everything one can ask of an analysis of the 2012 elections. Not only does it provide a very nice summary of major events, but it also weaves into that account incisive and accessible scholarship. The result is a book that covers all the proverbial bases, showcasing how contemporary political science can bring clarity and understanding to current events. Especially recommended for undergraduate courses."
David Crockett, Trinity University
"A smart look by top political scientists at how record amounts of money, new uses of technology and age-old appeals to religion helped shape the split decision of 2012, with Obama winning a second term while Republicans held control of the House. The bottom line? A ‘post-Cold War electoral order’ that presages more legislative gridlock and DC dysfunction. (Don’t miss the book’s dedication to the people of southeastern Iowa – and not because of the state’s critical caucuses.)"
Susan Page, Washington Bureau chief, USA TODAY
"Box-Steffensmeier and Schier succeed in bringing together the insights of leading political scientists with journalistic accounts to effectively tell the story of the 2012 elections. The excitement and the give-and-take of the 2012 contests permeates every chapter, but each chapter also effectively places those events into the broader understanding of elections. The result is an excellent book for either introductory or advanced undergraduate courses."
Thomas M. Carsey, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill