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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Salzer Broder  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1929 in Chicago Heights, Illinois

Died: 2011 in Virgina

-- David Salzer Broder on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Broder received his bachelor's degree and an M. A. in political science from the University of Chicago. He served two years in the U. S. Army, and began his newspaper career at the Bloomington Pantagraph.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Broder was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, television talk show pundit, and university professor. He was also the White House correspondent for the Washington Post and wrote a twice weekly political column for the paper while teaching at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The party's over;: The failure of politics in America
ISBN: 006010483X

Harper & Row. 1972

Hardcover. Cover and dust jacket in good condition. Former library book.

Changing of the Guard
ISBN: 0140059407

Penguin Books. 1981

Examines the shift in power and leadership, in the United States, to people whose concerns and attitudes have been shaped by the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the 1960s civil-rights marches, and Watergate

Behind the Front Page
ISBN: 0743205502

Simon & Schuster. 2000

The author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, looks at how the press handled various political stories of the seventies, and discusses the ethical issues faced by journalists

The Man Who Would be President: Dan Quayle
ISBN: 0671791834

Simon & Schuster. 1992

Revealing the man behind the bad press, two premier journalists uncover the real Dan Quayle--an ambitious, crafty politician who possesses much more savvy than his many detractors are willing to admit. 50,000 first printing. National ad/promo.

The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point
ISBN: 0316111457

Back Bay Books. 1997

Taking as an example the Clinton health care reform initiative, the authors show how a policy that aimed to please everyone ended by satisfying no one due to pressure groups, political gamesmanship and the inertia of the American 'system'.

Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money
ISBN: 0156014106

Houghton Mifflin. 2001

Now in paperback, how initiatives are remaking our democracy, creating a hazardous new arena of politics.

Where once most state laws were passed by legislatures, now voters in half the states and hundreds of cities decide directly on such explosive issues as drugs, affirmative action, casino gambling, assisted suicide, and human rights. Ostensibly driven by public opinion, the initiative process is far too often manipulated by moneyed interests, often funded by out-of-state millionaires pursuing their own agendas.

In this highly controversial book, David Broder, the "dean of American political journalism" (Brill's Content), explains how a movement that started with Proposition 13 in California is now a multimillion-dollar business in which lawyers, campaign consultants, signature gatherers, and advertising agencies sell their expertise to interest groups with private agendas.

With a new afterword updating the results of the most recent elections and discussing the potential for future initiatives, Broder takes the reader into the heart of these battles as he talks with the field operatives, lobbyists, PR spinners, labor leaders, and business executives, all of whom can manipulate the political process.


  • Pulitzer Prize, ''Distinguished Commentary''