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Crashing the Gate, by Armstrong & Moulitsas

By an everyday book reader
April 1, 2007

Crashing the Gate is a shot across the bow at the political establishment in Washington, DC and a call to re-democratize politics in America.

This book lays bare, with passion and precision, how ineffective, incompetent, and antiquated the Democratic Party establishment has become, and how it has failed to adapt and respond to new realities and challenges. The authors save their sharpest knives to go for the jugular in their critique of Republican ideologues who are now running - and ruining - our country.

A must-read book for anyone with an interest in the future of American democracy.

Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics
by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas ZunigaBook Picture

Softcover: 216 pages
ISBN: 9781933392417, 193339241X
Chelsea Green
September 2006

"...provocative new book that offers a perceptive analysis of progressive politics and proposes to revolutionize the Democratic Party..." - The Nation

Written by two of the most popular political bloggers in America, the book hails the new movement of the netroots, the grassroots, the unorthodox labor unions, the maverick big donors that is the antidote to old-school politics as usual. Fueled by advances in technology and a hunger for a more authentic and populist democracy, this broad-based movement is changing the way political campaigns are waged and managed.

"Armstrong and Moulitsas may well be right that the next great partisan transformation will be theirs. In Crashing the Gate they have written an insightful guide to how the Democratic Party can retake power." - Peter Beinart - The New York Times

"Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga are pioneers of a new politics that empowers people - the Democratic establishment ignores Crashing the Gate and its insights at its peril. For everyone who believes that the Party must reform itself and return power to the grassroots, this book is a must read." - Joe Trippi, author of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

"No one is spared in this lively, pointed book - and that makes it a lot of fun. Democrats should read Crashing the Gate to find their way out of the political wilderness. Republicans should read it to understand what their opponents might do if they get smart. Independents should read it to see what vigorous, two-party competition will really look like." - Dr. Larry Sabato, author of The Divided States of America

Jerome Armstrong, a pioneer of the political blogosphere, founded one of the first political blogs,, in 2001. The person behind the netroots strategy that used blogs and meetups for Howard Dean's campaign, Jerome works as an internet strategist for advocacy organizations and political campaigns. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga served in the U.S. Army for three years and later earned two bachelors degrees from Northern Illinois University and a law degree from Boston University. After moving to California to work in the tech industry, Markos started in May 2002. His blog has had a meteoric rise and now gets more than a million unique visitors each day, making it one of the most popular blogs in the nation. Markos lives in Berkeley, California.

Simon Rosenberg is president and founder of the New Democrat Network, a national membership organization that promotes strategies to modernize progressive politics. Before founding NDN, Rosenberg was a key member of Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. He and his family live in Washington DC.

"Two of the hottest Democratic bloggers - Daily Kos' Markos Zuniga and MyDD's Jerome Armstrong - prove with this book that they are also two of the sharpest and most insightful voices in the progressive movement. Crashing the Gate is an urgent and powerfully-written look both at what ails our democracy and what can heal it. Ultimately, they show that the fuel to reform our politics will not come from party insiders but from 'the netroots, grassroots, and the rise of people powered politics.'" - Arianna Huffington, editor, The Huffington Post

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