First Tampa, Now Charlotte

Week of September 4, 2012


The 40th Republican National Convention held last week in Tampa is now history, but the Democrats will soon convene in Charlotte. To mark these events, we offer a list of books related to past national party conventions as well as some of the Libraries’ recently acquired books on the Republican and Democratic parties.


Bifurcated Politics: Evolution and Reform in the National Party Convention
By Byron E. Shafer. Harvard UP, 1988
Call Number: JK2255 .S49 1988 (At Jupiter)

The Center Cannot Hold: The 1960 Presidential Election and the Rise of Modern Conservatism
By Laura Jane Gifford. Northern Illinois Press, 2009
Call Number: JK2356 .G53 2009

A Citizen’s Guide to American Ideology: Conservatism and Liberalism in Contemporary Politics
By Morgan Marietta. Routledge, 2012
Call Number: JC573.2 .U6 M349 2011

The Conservative Ascendancy: How the Republican Right Rose to Power in Modern America
By Donald T. Critchlow. UP Of Kansas, 2011
Call Number: JC573.2 .U6 C74 2011

Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda
By Sean Hannity: Harper, 2010
Call Number: JC573.2 .U6 H343 2010

Death of the Liberal Class
By Chris Hedges. Nation Books, 2010
Call Number: JC574.2 .U6 H43 2010

The Democrats: A Critical History
By Lance Selfa. Haymarket Books, 2008
Call Number: JK2316 .S45 2008

The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877-1933
By Edward O. Frantz. UP of Florida, 2011
Call Number: E176.1 .F7897 2011

The End of Race?: Obama, 2008, and Racial Politics in America
By Donald R. Kidner and Alison Dale-Riddle. Yale University Press, 2012
Call Number: JK526 2008 .K57 2012

Five Days in Philadelphia: The Amazing “We Want Wilkie!” Convention of 1940 and How it Freed FDR to Save the Western World
By Charles Peters. Public Affairs, 2005
Call Number: E811 .P47 2005

Getting the Left Right: The Transformation, Decline, and Reformation of American Liberalism
By Thomas A. Spragens, Jr. UP of Kansas, 2009
Call Number: JC574.2 .U6 S67 2009 (At Jupiter)

God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right
By Daniel K. Williams. Oxford UP, 2010
Call Number: BR1642 .U5 W535 2010

The Good Fight: A life in Liberal Politics
By Walter F. Mondale. Scribner, 2010
Call Number: E840.8 .M66 A3 2010

Hard Line: The Republican Party and the U.S. Foreign Policy Since World War II
By Colin Dueck. Princeton University Press, 2010
Call Number: E840 .D84 2010

Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics
By Ari Berman. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010
Call Number: JK2316 .B47 2010

Inside Politics: The National Conventions, 1960
Edited by Paul Tillett. Eagleton Institute of Politics. Oceana Publications, 1962
Call Number: JK2256 1960 .R8

Kennedy vs. Carter: the 1980 Battle for the Democratic Party’s Soul
By Timothy Stanley. University Press of Kansas, 2010
Calal Number: E875 .S74 2010

The Man Who…: The Story of the 1932 Democratic National Convention
By Richard Oulahan. Dial Press, 1971
Call Number: E805 .O9

The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism
By Roger D. Hodge. HarperCollins, 2010
Call Number: JC574.2 .U6 H63 2010

Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968
By Norman Mailer. World Pub. Co., 1968
Call Number: JK2353 1968 .M34

Official Report of the Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Resulting in the Nomination of Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas President, and in the Nomination of Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota for Vice President
By Democratic National Convention, 1964
Call Number: JK23131964 .A55

Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican
Edited by Glenn Feldman. UP of Florida, 2011
Call Number: F216.2 .P35 2011

Pitchforks and Torches: The Worst of the Worst, from Beck, Bill, and Bush to Palin and Other Posturing Republicans
By Keith Olbermann. Wiley, 2011
Call Number: E907 .O53 2011

The Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans: How Presidential Candidates Use Religious Language in American Political Debate
By Frederick Stecker. Praeger, 2011
Call Number: JA85.2 .U6 S74 2011

The Politics of Representation: The  Democratic Convention 1972
By Denis G. Sullivan. St. Martin’s Press, 1974
Call Number: JK2311 .S8

Red Pepper and Gorgeous George: Claude Pepper’s Epic Defeat in the 1950 Democratic Primary
By James C. Clark. University Press of Florida, 2012
Call Number: E840.8 .P38 C55 2011

The Republican Party and American Politics from Hoover to Reagan
By Robert Mason. Cambridge UP, 2012
Call Number: JK2356 .M27 2012

Roosevelt’s Purge: How FDR Fought to Change the Democratic Party
By Susan Dunn. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010
Call Number: JK2316 .D86 2010 (Also available online via EBSCOhost)

The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party
By Michael Bowen. University of North Carolina Press, 2011
Call Number: JK2356 .B775 2011

Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party
By Geoffrey Kabaservice. Oxford UP, 2012
Call Number: JK2356 .K33 2012

A Tale of Two Conventions
By William Jennings Bryan. Arno Press, 1974 [c1912]
Call Number: JK2263 1912 .B72

The Transformation of the Republican Party, 1912-1936: From the Reform to Resistance
By Clyde P. Weed. FirstForumPress, 2012
Call Number: JK2356 .W45 2012

The Underdog in American Politics: The Democratic Party and Liberal Values
By Karl G. Trautman. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
Call Number: JK2316 .T73 2010

Why Americans Don’t Join the Party: Race, Immigration, and the Failure (of Political Parties) to Engage the Electorate
By Zoltan L. Hajnal. Princeton University Press, 2011
Call Number: JK1764 .H34 2011 (At Jupiter)

Why Some Politicians are More Dangerous than Others
By James Gilligan. Polity Press, 2011
Call Number: JK271 .G635 2011