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Roger LowensteinAny writer who accuses his adversaries of being paranoid extremist nuts (epithets like this appear frequently in the book) runs the risk of seeming like a paranoid extremist nut himself. But Chait sets out to disarm us on the first page. "I have this problem," he begins. "Whenever I try to explain what's happening in American politics…I wind up sounding a bit like an unhinged conspiracy theorist. But honestly, I'm not." And he isn't. Chait attacks the tax-cutters' agenda from a sensible middle ground—the terrain he laments has been largely lost in American politics and completely abandoned by the Republican Party. By middle ground, I don't mean that Chait simply splits the difference between, say, Newt Gingrich and Robert Rubin…Instead, what Chait does is to examine the tax cuts on their economic merits. The debate is not new, but Chait's tale is enlivened by his account of how the G.O.P. evolved from a party of strait-laced budget balancers to extremists who resemble old-time Marxists in their rigid adherence to doctrine.
—The New York Times