The New Democrats and the Return to Power

The New Democrats and the Return to Power

By: Al From (author), Bill Clinton (foreword_author)Hardback

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After Barack Obama's solid win in the 2012 election, it's easy to forget that there was a time, not long ago, when the Democrats were shut out of power for over a decade. But Al From remembers. In 1984, he led a small band of governors, US senators, and members of Congress to organize the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). Their mission: to rescue the party from the political wilderness, redefine its message, and, most importantly, win presidential elections. In April 1989, From traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, to recruit the state's young governor, Bill Clinton, to be chairman of the DLC. Here, Al From explores the founding philosophy of the New Democrats, which not only achieved stunning validation during Clinton's two terms, but also became the model for resurgent center-left parties in Europe and throughout the democratic world. Here, he outlines for the first time the principles at the heart of the movement, including economic centrism, national security, and entitlement reform, and why they are vital to the success of the Democratic Party in the years ahead.

About Author

Al From is the founder of the Democratic Leadership Council and served as its CEO for 25 years. Called a "legislative genius" by Washingtonian Magazine, From's work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, and many more. From has appeared on various media outlets including Face the Nation, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and as a PBS commentator during national elections. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.


Foreword by Former President Bill Clinton Introduction Chapter 1: The Wilderness: 1968-1992 Chapter 2: Formative Experiences Chapter 3: Intellectual and Political Roots of the DLC Chapter 4: The House Democratic Caucus: 1981-1985 Chapter 5: Early DLC: 1985 Chapter 6: Breaking New Ground in the Ideas War: 1988 Chapter 7: The Illusion of Power: 1987-1988 Chapter 8: The Road Back: Phase I - Reality Therapy: 1989 Chapter 9: Clinton Chapter 10: Phase 2 - New Orleans: 1990 Chapter 11: The Road to Cleveland: 1991 Chapter 12: The Pre-Campaign: 1991 Chapter 13: To Victory Chapter 14: Transition Chapter 15: The Clinton Years: 1993-1994 Chapter 16: The Rebound: 1995-1996 Chapter 17: The Clinton Record Chapter 18: Going International: 1997-2000 Chapter 19: A Look Ahead

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  • ISBN13: 9781137278647
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781137278647
  • weight: 1
  • ISBN10: 1137278641

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