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Thomas E. Patterson

Thomas E. Patterson is the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. For many years he taught at Syracuse University. He is the author of several other books on politics and the media, including Out of Order, which won the American Political Science Association’s 2002 Doris Graber Award for the best book in the field of political communication, and The Unseeing Eye, which was named one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion by the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He... Read More

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Informing the News
Written by Thomas E. Patterson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2013
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-80660-4 (0-345-80660-3)

As the journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters “if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news.” Today’s journalists are not providing it. Too often, reporters give equal weight to facts and biased opinion, stir up small controversies, and substitute infotainment for real news. Even...

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Out of Order
Written by Thomas E. Patterson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1994
$17.95/21.50(Canada) | 978-0-679-75510-4 (0-679-75510-1)

Why are our politicians almost universally perceived as liars? What made candidate Bill Clinton's draft record more newsworthy than his policy statements? How did George Bush's masculinity, Ronald Reagan's theatrics with a microphone, and Walter Mondale's appropriation of a Wendy's hamburger ad make or break their presidential campaigns?

Ever since Watergate, says... Read more






The Vanishing Voter
Written by Thomas E. Patterson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2003
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71379-8 (0-375-71379-4)

From the award-winning author of Out of Order—named the best political science book of the last decade by the American Political Science Association—comes this landmark book about why Americans don’t vote.

Based on more than 80,000 interviews, The Vanishing Voter investigates why—despite a better educated citizenry, the end of racial barriers to... Read more





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