To really use the Internet well, you have to build community, not just enable fundraising. -from the interview with Howard Dean Written with the passion, enthusiasm and honesty that characterized Howard Dean's historic grassroots presidential campaign, Mousepads, Shoe Leather and Hope shows how the Internet can transcend cynicism, build communities, and engage ordinary people in a way that is already rejuvenating our democracy. -Matthew R. Kerbel, editor, Get This Party Started: How Progressives Can Fight Back and Win The way we do politics changed in 2004. The Dean Campaign gave new meaning to grassroots organizing, revitalizing democracy - and the Democratic Party along with it. A glorious failure, it may yet prove to herald new triumphs. The Internet was at the core of that moment, and this volume captures the flavor and excitement of those heady - and headstrong - days. -Toby Miller, author, Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism, and Television in a Neoliberal Age Here scholars of communication and politics, as well as activists on that and other campaigns, offer analysis beyond the partisan sound bite. -Book News Inc.