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The Rise of the New Republican Party

Julian Zelizer and Nicholas Lemann
Burning Down the House

In Burning Down the House, historian Julian Zelizer pinpoints the moment when our country was set on a path toward an era of bitterly partisan and ruthless politics, an era that was ignited by Newt Gingrich and his allies.

In 1989, Gingrich brought down Democratic Speaker of the House Jim Wright and catapulted himself into the national spotlight. Perhaps more than any other politician, Gingrich introduced the rhetoric and tactics that have shaped Congress and the Republican Party for the last three decades. In conversation with Nicholas Lemann, Zelizer presents the alarming narrative of how Gingrich and his allies created a new normal in Washington.

Julian Zelizer

Julian E. Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University …

Nicholas Lemann

Nicholas Lemann served as Dean of Columbia Journalism School from 2003-13 …

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