Books by E.J. Dionne

Released: June 1, 2012

"The author's extensive knowledge of Washington allows him to ably illustrate our remarkable political history, and he renews our hope that cooler heads can prevail with a renewed balance of individual rights and the needs of the community."
The days of political camaraderie are over, writes Washington Post columnist Dionne (Foundations of Democracy and Culture/Georgetown Univ.; Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right, 2008, etc.), who nonetheless offers some possible correctives to the current poisonous political climate. Read full book review >
Released: June 2, 2004

"Balm for those who long to see a revivified—and not-quite-so-spiteful—opposition and a return to Kennedy-era liberalism."
Does public life recapitulate grade school? To judge by the pitched and petulant fights on the playground of politics, you'd think so. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"If the Republican Revolution does indeed stall, Dionne's convincing and acute analysis will have predicted it. (Author tour)"
Washington Post columnist Dionne (Why Americans Hate Politics, 1991) turns his attention to the so-called Republican realignment of the 1994 elections and reaches a surprising conclusion. ``The new radicalism in American politics means that the debate in 1996 and beyond is not simply a contest between political parties,'' Dionne writes, ``It is a confrontation between fundamentally different approaches to economic turbulence, moral uncertainty and international disorder.'' Dionne argues convincingly that there is actually ample precedent for the upheavals affecting the American political scene today; he draws striking parallels with the last third of the 19th century and the rise of the Progressive movement. Read full book review >
Released: May 30, 1991

Here, Washington Post reporter Dionne describes how strident ideologuesof both the liberal left and the conservative rightshave polarized politics and crowded out serious debate and reasonable compromise about fundamental problems. Read full book review >