The Great Game of Politics

The Great Game of Politics : Why We Elect Whom We Elect

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From America's inception there has been a constant dynamic of tension between those political philosophies that are labelled the left and the right, despite the fact that the vast majority of American voters really fall into the category of moderates. During the early years, the shifts between the two were dramatic and frequent: the Federalists on one side, the Jeffersonians on the other, as the young democracy came to grips with the two opposing political forces that were to mould the new nation. On one hand we have those concerned with business, conservatism, and the development of capital and wealth. They want the government to provide security that will protect the nation's interest while allowing free-market forces to increase prosperity. On the other hand we have the left, concerned with personal rights, equality, and the fostering of prosperity for all citizens through an active and involved federal government.By explicating the Presidency from George Washington to George W. Bush, "The Great Game of Politics" examines the American Presidency as a cyclic reflection of the concerns of the electorate.
It presents the excitation of the ideologies of our two major parties in a constant left-right swing where the will of the people sets the pendulum in motion and determines the direction the country will take for another four years. From the early years, where the tension that forged the nation initially required numerous shifts to establish an acceptable political equilibrium, to the revered legacies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, whose presidencies not only initiated major political shifts, but also instituted fundamental changes in the apparatus of government that would prove to be integral to the administrations that followed them, both Democratic and Republican.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 27.94mm | 181.44g
  • St Martin's Press
  • FORGE
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765346516
  • 9780765346513

About Dick A. Stoken

Dick Stoken graduated in 1958 from the University of Chicago Business School with an M.B.A. and is a member of both the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. He is the author of "Cycles" (1978) and "Strategic Investment Timing "(1984). Both books were named best investment book of the year by the Stock Traders Almanac for the year they were published. His third book, "The Great Cycle," was published in 1993. Stoken lives in Illinois and is a lifelong student of "the Great Game of Politics."
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"It is unquestionably one of the most original and interesting books I've ever read on the American presidency."--Thomas Fleming, "New York "Times bestselling author on "Great Game of Politics" "It is unquestionably one of the most original and interesting books I've ever read on the American presidency."--Thomas Fleming, "New York "Times bestselling author on "Great Game of Politics" "It is unquestionably one of the most original and interesting books I've ever read on the American presidency."--Thomas Fleming, "New York "Times bestselling author on "Great Game of Politics"
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