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Publishers WeeklyThis vigorous history of the progressive movement in America is both insightful and enjoyable, assuming one's politics line up with the author's (and subject's). Tracing a line of political thought from the founding fathers to the current Democratic congress, former Clinton advisor Lux presents an accessible if fawning look at progressive leaders like FDR, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. While regularly condemning conservative forces, Lux is willing to (infrequently) criticize his own side, and use facts and figures. While refocusing American history through the lens of modern progressive and conservative approaches, particularly in matters of suffrage, race and workers' rights, Lux often pits enlightened progressives against backwards, racist conservatives. Though liberals will find this an entertaining and educational overview, anyone on the fence will probably be unconvinced, though not necessarily unmoved.
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