The Argument

The Argument : Inside the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Books
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143114174
  • 9780143114178
  • 2,090,433

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Illuminating . . . A colorful topographical map of the Democratic landscape. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
I had more fun reading The Argument than I ve had reading any political book in ages. It was fun the way The Boys on the Bus was fun. The way Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail 72 was fun. . . . Or maybe even the way Primary Colors was fun. Kevin Drum, Washington Monthly
Engaging and painstakingly reported. The Economist
Sharply written, exhaustively reported. Nick Gillespie, The New York Times Book Review"
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About Matt Bai

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
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