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November 2020 Read of the Month Review

 Ok, time to review my November 2020 Read of the Month The Red and the Blue and the Birth of Political Tribalism by Steve Kornacki. The book was a great read for the election month of November (which for some reason seems to still be going on here in December). Here is what I liked about Kornacki's book:

  • Kornacki is very fair and unbiased, not showing favoritism to the Red or the Blue (right or the left, Republicans or Democrats) in his writing
  • It is a great history book, reviewing the national political landscape from the late 1980's up through 2000. 
  • At the same time, it is sad, because as the book points out the 1990's is when then current political landscape we live with seemed to grow. In my own words, action in Congress and Washington D.C. was no longer about solving problems and helping Americans, it was about scoring a "win" for your side. 
The book was really well-written, but sadly the information presented is lousy. Today, in the news our leaders in DC still can't agree on a COVID relief bill as millions of Americans suffer. Do you want to know why (no don't just blame Nancy Pelosi or Mitch McMconnell that is the easy way out)? Take a few days and read this book and you can probably figure out why little to nothing gets done in D.C. Hopefully the 2020's brings a new era of working together. I will not hold my breath. My review, 4/5....the writing is great, the message sucks, and that is not Kornacki's fault.

Tomorrow I am going into work to select a new book from our collection in the CHS library. I need something a little lighter for December....fiction for sure. I will fill everyone in this weekend. Be safe and keep reading.


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