Praise for The Bulldozer and the Big Tent
"No one is better than Todd Gitlin at describing
the crucial dynamic through which movements gain or lose political power.
Justly celebrated for his seminal work on such dynamics during the 1960s,
Gitlin now he explains everything that's happened since, with passion
and wisdom--and happily, because of Bushism's collapse, legitimate
optimism about the future." --Michael Tomasky, editor, Guardian
"An impassioned yet realistic plea for Democrats
and liberals to become more serious about politics. They would do well
to follow his advice." --Alan Wolfe, Director, Boisi Center for
Religion and American Public Life, Boston College
"A brilliant and indispensable book. Gitlin
convincingly urges liberals to take seriously the greater difficulty
the Democrats have forging cohesion among identity based groups over
the Republicans persuading the less diverse Republican base to bury
disagreements in the drive for victory. Gitlin argues, Democrats will
have to bite the bullet and unite under a big tent. A hard lesson for
ardent newcomers to the movement to swallow, Gitlin is dead right."
--Thomas B. Edsall, Special Correspondent, The New Republic
"This is an indispensable book by one of our most gifted public intellectuals. Todd Gitlin explains--with splendid scholarship, reporting, and wit--how the Bush machine debased our political life and how progressives, in all their variety, are struggling to build a new majority. It is the best guide we have to America's recent past and its possible future." --Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan and professor of history, Georgetown University
Praise for The Intellectuals and the Flag
"How might one reconcile patriotism with dissent?
Love of country with the critical spirit? Grounded commitment with the
Great Refusal? Have the events of September 11 changed the nature of
our response? These are just some of the topical themes that Todd Gitlin
addresses in his luminous new study, The Intellectuals and the Flag.
Here is Gitlin at his best: lucid, insightful, thought-provoking,
and broad-minded. A latter-day Tom Paine, Gitlin is quite simply
the most informed voice writing in America today about the volatile
interface between politics and culture." Richard Wolin,
City University of New York, author of The Seduction of Unreason:
The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism
"Todd Gitlin has joined Irving Howe, Michael Walzer, Michael Harrington, and Christopher Lasch in the ranks of our nation's most brilliant, important, and perceptive social critics. The Intellectuals and the Flag will confirm that reputation. Gitlin is fearless: he challenges the status quo and his own side. He insists that the Left has a moral obligation to stop marginalizing itself and to change the country by appealing to our traditions of democracy, equality and community. We need critics who are patriotsand patriots who are critics. Gitlin shows that patriotism need not be, and should not be, the last refuge of scoundrels." E. J. Dionne Jr., author of Why Americans Hate Politics and Stand Up Fight Back
Gitlin argues for a renewed sense of patriotism based on the ideals of sacrifice, tough-minded criticism, and a willingness to look anew at the global role of the United States in the aftermath of 9/11. Merely criticizing and resisting the Bush administration will not dothe left must also imagine and propose an America reformed.