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Chapter 1. The Four Pillars of Politics: An Introduction Chapter 2. The First Pillar of American Politics: Fear Chapter 3. The Second Pillar of American Politics: Narcissism Chapter 4. The Third Pillar of American Politics: Consumerism Chapter 5. The Fourth Pillar of American Politics: Religiosity Chapter 6. Why Voters Frighten Politicians Chapter 7. Republicans Versus Democrats Chapter 8. The Republican Party: Disaster Inside and Out Chapter 9. The Democratic Party: Searching for Unicorns Chapter 10. Practical Lessons: Why Some Candidates Don't Win Chapter 11. Why Some Public Figures Can't Lead
James T. Kitchens is president of the Kitchens Group, a national public opinion research firm. Larry Powell is professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
It's always a pleasure to read a book with original or unusual theories, and The Four Pillars of Politics is particularly courageous. James T. Kitchens and Larry Powell show how much of a role fear plays in U.S. politics, and at last, the role of American narcissism in its politics is addressed! Narcissism is discussed fearlessly, in terms only Americans could dare to use. Well worth your time, The Four Pillars of Politics is bold and long overdue. -- Laure Paquette, Lakehead University Kitchens and Powell have combined theory and practical application in an accessible book that should attract the attention of anyone interested in politics in the U.S. The Four Pillars of Politics provides fresh insight into the unique world of rough-and-tumble American political campaigning. This analysis has implications for both scholars and campaign strategists who want to understand how to help candidates connect with voters. -- Barry Smith, Mississippi University for Women