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Politically Michener and I are opposites. But that doesn't mean This Noble Land doesn't have anything to offer. No matter where you stand politically this book offers things you will both nod and shake your head to. The Democrat and liberal party of Michener's day is quite a bit different than the base party today. What's startling is when Michener lays out the problems of the his day and we can see how these things are still a problem and in many cases have gotten worse. I would like to see where Michener stands on events today. I was in near complete agreement with Michener for most of the book and his warnings are wise and thought-worthy. But especially near the end Michener loses his party blind look at America and goes into a polarized ideological spiel about everything wrong with the Republicans of the 1990s and how only his views should be an acceptable fix. He's right in many ways, but often his take all approach is why parties don't compromise. But this is just the last chapter or so and shouldn't be reflective of the entire book. This Noble Land is a great read, particularly for today's generation of polarized party politics. IF only we all could take such an honest look at America and come together to really fix the problems that plague us.
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