The Republicans: A History of the Grand Old Party

The Republicans: A History of the Grand Old Party

by Lewis L. Gould


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Lewis L. Gould's 2003 history of the Republican Party was a fast-paced account of Republican fortunes. The Republicans won praise for its even-handed, incisive analysis of Republican history, drawing on Gould's deep knowledge of the evolution of national political history and acute feel for the interplay of personalities and ideology. In this revised and updated edition, Gould extends this history, adding a new chapter on the George W. Bush presidency, the election of 2008, and the response of the Grand Old Party to Barack Obama. His narrative covers such contemporary figures as Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and John McCain, as well as forgotten Republican leaders including James G. Blaine, Mark Hanna, Wendell Willkie, and Robert A. Taft.

Contending that the historic Republican skepticism about the legitimacy of the Democratic Party has shaped American politics since the Civil War, Gould argues that the persistent flaw in the relations between the two parties has led the nation to the current crisis of stalemate and partisan bitterness. No other account of Republican history is as up-to-date, crammed with fascinating information, and ready to serve as an informed guide to today's partisan warfare. Lay readers and political junkies alike seeking the best book on Republican history will find what they are looking for in Gould's comprehensive volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199936625
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/26/2014
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 621,575
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lewis L. Gould is Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor Emeritus in American History at the University of Texas at Austin and currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Monmouth College. He is the author of many political history books, including Theodore Roosevelt and The Modern American Presidency.

Table of Contents

1. The Party of Lincoln, 1854-1865
2. Republicans and Reconstruction, 1865-1877
3. Republicans in the Gilded Age, 1877-1893
4. McKinley to Roosevelt, 1893-1904
5. The Taft-Roosevelt Split, 1905-1912
6. Republicans during the Wilson Years, 1913-1921
7. The Age of Republican Dominance
8. The Republicans in the Age of the New Deal
9. From "Had Enough" to Modern Republicanism, 1945-1961
10. From Goldwater to Watergate, 1961-1974
11. Republicans in the Reagan Era, 1974-1988
12. From Bush to Gingrich to Bush, 1988-2000
13. Republicans and the George W. Bush Presidency, 2001-2009
Conclusion The Republican Party and Its Future
Suggestions for Further Reading

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