The Argument: Inside the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics

The Argument: Inside the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics

by Matt Bai

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Widely cited by journalists and bloggers as the man to read to understand the political races, New York Times Magazine writer Matt Bai has written a book about the Democratic Party that's as riveting as it is timely and vital. The Argument takes readers to the front lines of the grassroots progressive movement that is seizing power from the party's weakened D.C. establishment, capturing a colorful cast of donors and power brokers struggling to articulate a direction: an argument. The result is a fascinating, uniquely candid look at present-day politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440635748
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 374 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matt Bai is the national political columnist for Yahoo! News. For more than a decade he was a political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, where he covered three presidential campaigns. He is the author of The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics, named a Notable Book of 2007 by the New York Times and All the Truth is Out. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information about Matt Bai, visit

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Election Day     1
The Killer Slide Show     23
The Thing     49
The Power of the List     67
The Road to Dysfunction     93
Moments of Destiny     123
The Argument     153
Beyond the Message Object     181
Backward Compatible     191
"They're Not Right About That"     217
Into the Abyss     227
The Kiss     257
Score!     283
Afterword     303
Acknowledgments     309
Index     313

What People are Saying About This

Joe Klein

What a terrific book! Matt Bai has written the semi-secret history of the Democratic Party as it has writhed toward success in the first decade of 21st century. Filled with hilariously strange characters and situations, this is also a thoroughly reported--and dead serious--look at the direction politics is headed at an important moment in our history. If you want to understand what promises to be a crucial political year in 2008, The Argument is certainly the place to start (Joe Klein, Time Magazine political columnist and author of Politics Lost)

Evan Thomas

Matt Bai has written a wonderful book--honest, insightful, and funny. Democrats should read it and weep--or learn from it. (Evan Thomas, Newsweek)

Michael Tomasky

One of the most fascinating, underreported, and misunderstood political stories of the Bush era has been the liberal effort to push the Democratic Party to be more aggressive and to stop getting rolled by conservatives...Matt Bai conveys this important behind-the-scenes story with unmatched insight, wisdom, and sympathy. (Michael Tomasky, editor, Guardian America)

Roger Rosenblatt

This is both an original and a significant book - something very hard to come by. Matt Bai has not only disclosed the dead zones in the Democratic Party; he also has hit upon the questions that could bring the Party - and the country - back to life. As if that were not sufficient, he writes succinctly yet beautifully. The Argument is probably the most important political study of recent years.

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