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Books that revisit Minnesota's political past

By Amy Goetzman
MinnPost

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It will all be over soon. The polls, the lawn signs, the painful Facebook battles, the ugly debates and finally, the election itself, will come to pass, one way or the other. And that will be a relief. But maybe you’ll miss it. Maybe politics is your favorite sport. In that case, three new books that revisit Minnesota’s political past will give you something to mull over until 2013. . . .

Bipartisan success stories are part of what made Minnesota a national leader in education, economic prosperity and environmental stewardship in the 1970s, even while the rest of the country was roiled by social upheaval. Tom Berg’s “Minnesota Miracle: Learning From the Government That Worked” (University of Minnesota Press), explains how, once upon a time, Minnesota demonstrated a rare degree of political collaboration, respect and fairness between the parties.

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