CODE RED: HOW PROGRESSIVES AND MODERATES CAN UNITE TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY
By EJ Dionne, Jr.
Saint Martin’s Press, 272pp, $44.99 (HB)
Woodward has had remarkable access to the players in Washington DC. He endeavours to be fair, but he concludes that Trump is not right for the job.
A similar conclusion is reached by EJ Dionne, a columnist with the Washington Post. His book, Code Red, argues thoughtfully for moderate and progressive Democrats to focus on their common beliefs and reach out to liberal Republicans, especially on core issues such as healthcare and living wages.
The effective co-operation between the Biden and Sanders wings of the Democratic Party, and the emergence of the Lincoln Project by dissident Republicans, shows that some understand this common sense notion. It was Gore Vidal who made the case that the US ceased being great when it became a debtor nation. Most would agree that this occurred systemically during the Reagan administration, when the US federal deficit metastasised.
The US had been the ‘‘indispensable country’’, to borrow Madeleine Albright’s memorable expression, since the Great War. In 1915, the Angophilic JP Morgan and a group of New York bankers marshalled a loan of some $US500m for the AngloFrench allies to enable them to maintain their war effort.
Nick Bryant’s book, When America Stopped Being Great, is an impressive endeavour to identify just when the US arrived at the threshold of decline. He comes close. Bryant is a BBC correspondent in Washington DC, having previously worked in Australia among other destinations. He is a first class journalist, but he is also possessed of undeniable skills as an historian, having earned a PhD in American politics from Oxford. He writes with
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