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Book Review: Tea Party: The Awakening by Brent Morehouse

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Brent Morehouse has written a book, or rather collected Tea Party activists’ stories in their own words. What makes Tea Party:The Awakening so interesting is that the author asked hundreds of adherents their stories and then printed what they had to say for themselves. There is no filtering or editing the words of those in this book. It makes for quite fascinating reading and shows a true cross-section of the movement. As you can imagine the entries in Awakening can be a bit repetitive in general themes, as there is a common thread across the tea party movement.

Morehouse, who spent hundreds of hours on this project, provides a foreword but goes to great length not to make the book his interpretation of the movement. Quite often books about the Tea Party movement are tinged by the prejudices and outlook of the authors, several of which view the entire movement via the inside the Beltway mentality. There is little in the way of analysis in Awakening, which is part of the book’s charm.

This is the purest of books about the Tea Party movement and will provide plenty of fodder for those studying what make the activists tick. It makes for a valuable resource of the current crop of members in the movement.

More glossary than actual book, Tea Party:The Awakening does not bear reading cover to cover. That said, anyone wishing to understand what motivates the individuals who are Tea Party activists would be well served having this in his or her library. Students of politics would find this especially useful.

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