Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy

Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy

Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy

Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy


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An intriguing and accessible nonfiction graphic novel about the role wealth and influence play in American democracy.

Despite our immense political divisions, Americans are nearly united in our belief that something is wrong with our government: It works for the wealthy and powerful, but not for anyone else. Unrig exposes the twisted roots of our broken democracy and highlights the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to We the People.

This stirring nonfiction graphic novel by democracy reform leader Daniel G. Newman and artist George O’Connor takes readers behind the scenes—from the sweaty cubicles where senators dial corporate CEOs for dollars, to lavish retreats where billionaires boost their favored candidates, to the map rooms where lawmakers scheme to handpick their voters. Unrig also highlights surprising solutions that limit the influence of big money and redraw the lines of political power.

If you're overwhelmed by negative news and despairing for the direction of our country, Unrig is a tonic that will restore your faith and reveal the path forward to fix our broken democracy.

This book is part of the World Citizen Comics series, a bold line of civics-focused graphic novels that equip readers to be engaged citizens and informed voters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250295309
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Series: World Citizen Comics
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,141,789
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Daniel G. Newman is a national expert on government accountability and money in politics. He is president and co-founder of MapLight, a nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes transparency and political reform. Newman has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including CNN, CBS, MSNBC, FOX Business News, and NPR. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

George O'Connor
is a New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of the Olympians series as well as such graphic novels as Journey into Mohawk Country and Ball Peen Hammer. In addition to his graphic novel career, O'Connor has published several children's picture books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Unrigging the Rules 9

Chapter 2 Congress and Lobbying 59

Chapter 3 Political Money 91

Chapter 4 The Wealth Hoarders 113

Chapter 5 Who Votes 169

Chapter 6 Drawing the Districts 195

Chapter 7 Picking the Winners 207

Chapter 8 Electing a President 221

Chapter 9 The Next Steps for You 235

Notes 253

Index 276

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