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Michiko KakutaniIn describing the history of partisanship in this country Mr. Brownstein writes with both an authoritative understanding of the political dynamics in Washington and a plain-spoken common sense. He points out the practical dangers of hyperpartisanship—how it has prevented America's leaders from agreeing on everything from a comprehensive immigration plan to a strategy for reducing the country's dependence on foreign oil to a long-term plan for securing Social Security. And he reminds us that while the country itself is not more divided than it has been in the past (especially when compared, say, with the 1960s or the 1860s), the nation's current political system accentuates differences instead of bridging them.
—The New York Times