Boiling Mad

Inside Tea Party America

Kate Zernike

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A surprising and revealing look inside the Tea Party movement--where it came from, what it stands for, and what it means for the future of American politics

They burst on the scene at the height of the Great Recession--angry voters, gathering by the thousands to rail against bailouts and big government. Evoking the Founding Fathers, they called themselves the Tea Party. Within the year, they had changed the terms of debate in Washington, emboldening Republicans and confounding the Obama administration’s ability to get things done.

Boiling Mad is Kate Zernike’s eye-opening look inside the Tea Party, introducing us to a cast of unlikely activists and the philosophy that animates them. It is a movement full of color and contradiction: the Tea Partiers loathe big government, but many are on Medicare; they push fiscal responsibility, yet some have declared bankruptcy. They have energized the electorate, but further polarized it, too.

Far from a fringe movement, the Tea Party reflects longstanding discontent among Americans who might otherwise share little in common. We have to understand it if we are to understand politics in 2010 and in the future. Boiling Mad will dispel the myths and reveal the truth about the Tea Party and what it means for our country.

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Honestly, it was hard not to stop at the spectacle on Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, where several thousand Americans had gathered to celebrate their anger on a perfect spring day. There was Representative Michele Bachmann, conservative darling and all Minnesota nice, cheerfully raging against "gangster government." "Two years from now, Barack Obama is a one-term president!" she taunted, the words echoing off the surrounding walls. There was the rapper performing a Tea Party anthem, the former Saturday Night Live star singing a song called "A Communist in the White House.

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“Required reading for anyone who wants to understand the Tea Party movement.”—Gail Collins, The New York Times
 
“Illuminating… a picture of how different some Tea Partiers are from the Republican establishment’s view of the movement.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Zernike’s] concise, elegantly written book is a refreshing reminder of what traditional journalism — so often despised and discounted these days — can contribute to the public conversation. . . . A convincing portrait of the [tea party] movement’s most ardent activists.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“A brisk chronicle of the people who have streamed to the protests [and] flocked to the polls.”—The New Republic
 
“The most informative and readable.”—The Hill
 
“The beauty of Boiling Mad is that it’s room-temperature calm. With fresh and surprising reporting, Kate Zernike cuts through the hype on both sides to show the Tea Party as it really is, not as partisans depict it. It’s a complete, balanced, incisive and important account of a reactionary movement that’s changing the country.”—Jonathan Alter, author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One

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Kate Zernike

Kate Zernike is a national correspondent for The New York Times and was a member of the team that shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. She has covered education, criminal justice, Hurricane Katrina, and four national elections for the Times and was previously a reporter for The Boston Globe. A native of Connecticut, she lives with her family in New Jersey.

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Boiling Mad
Inside Tea Party America
Kate Zernike

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
September 2010
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ISBN: 9781429982726
ISBN10: 1429982721
256 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
September 2011
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ISBN: 9780312610548
ISBN10: 0312610548
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert
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