What You Should Know About Politics...But Don'T

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The first and only issue-based nonpartisan guide to contemporary American politics.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781611452990
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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Jessamyn Conrad was raised in North Dakota and Minnesota. With a degree from Harvard University, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in art history at Columbia University. She lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    Every American ought to read this

    This is an outstanding book. Concise, covers all of the major issue areas, and it provides the kind of in-depth information that media coverage never does: historical context, the foundation of current debates, and what's really at stake in those debates. It's a far cry from presenting the latest poll numbers, or the latest gaffe someone made on the campaign trail after only getting 3 hours of sleep a night for a year. If you want to be a more informed voter -- and all of us should try to be -- then get this book. Then get copies for your spouse, your kids, your friends, everyone you know who's going to vote in this election.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Conrad Hits Home

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POLITICS..BUT DON¿T: A nonpartisan guide to the issues Jessamyn Conrad Arcade Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-55970-883-8 300 pages Reviewer: Annie Slessman What Jessamyn Conrad has accomplished with her new book, What You Should Know About Politics¿But Don¿t a nonpartisian guide to the issues is unparelled as a reference for politics and the issues that face all Americans today. It provides information that everyone will find valuable before they visit the polls to vote in the next election. In fact, it necessitated this reviewer¿s revisiting the decisions I had made on various issues and provided a forum for re-thinking those decisions. Understanding the Electoral College will be a given after reading this work as well as how the individual vote affects those votes. One will certainly want to vote after reading this book. Conrad writes, ¿it is important to recognize that the economy is a complex system in which one policy can have multiple, even contradictory effects and that there aren¿t necessarily fixes for economic problems.¿ She continue by explaining the many variables 'and there are MANY' that go into the making of a healthy economy. She also infers that economics are somewhat bipolar..the trick is to make sure the economy never swings too far out of equilibrium. Too bad we don¿t have a pill to treat the ailments of our economic state as we do bi-polar humans. Taxation is fully covered in this text. If you bring anything away from this chapter it is that, there is no such thing as a truly permanent tax cut. You will want to read this chapter carefully as it provides some real insight into our taxation system. Conrad¿s advice on health care issues¿eat your apple a day ¿ this issue is not going to be resolved in the near future. When it comes to the financial stability and the energy resources of our country, deregulation is a dirty word and brings further burden to consumers. Civil liberties is also a subject covered in this book. From our gun, wiretapping and judicial laws to private property laws, they are fully explained in this chapter. Lastly, Conrad explains that the Social Security trust fund has been running a surplus because more people are working than retiring. However, due to our government borrowing against those funds projections estimate that payments into Social Security will be outpaced by benefit payments to retirees between 2020 and 2052¿.OUCH! If you want a book to add to your personal library that will serve as an excellent reference on our political system and the issues facing the United States, this would be the book you want to purchase. Jessamyn Conrad is the daughter of the senior Democratic senator from North Dakota and the niece of the Republican U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. A graduate of Harvard and Cambridge universities, she is pursuing her doctorate in art history at Columbia University. She lives in New York.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    great read

    well written good information

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  • Posted October 23, 2008

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    Useful Guide

    This handy book is laid out so that it's easy to follow. Topics are divided by chapters: Elections, The Economy, Foreign Policy, The Military, Health Care, Energy, The Environment, Civil Liberties, Culture Wars, Socioeconomic Policy, Homeland Security, Education, and Trade. Each chapter begins with a bulleted list of major points, next comes the background to current debates, and then current debates follow with a more in-depth discussion. Both sides of each issue are laid out. Time and again the reader sees "opponents" and "advocates" as each side is presented in a no-nonsense style of writing. Results of polls and majority of opinions are incorporated where applicable and overall trends are examined.<BR/><BR/>This is a useful guide to be referred to often. I recommend it.

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