What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter

What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter

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“Engaging and inspiring . . . Reading this book should make you want to vote.”—Barack Obama

In a world of sound bites, deliberate misinformation, and a political scene colored by the blue versus red partisan divide, how does the average educated American find a reliable source that’s free of political spin? What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don’t breaks it all down, issue by issue, explaining who stands for what, and why—whether it’s the economy, income inequality, Obamacare, foreign policy, education, immigration, or climate change. If you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or somewhere in between, it’s the perfect book to brush up on a single topic or read through to get a deeper understanding of the often mucky world of American politics.

This is an essential volume for understanding the background to the 2016 presidential election. But it is also a book that transcends the season. It’s truly for anyone who wants to know more about the perennial issues that will continue to affect our everyday lives. The third edition includes an introduction by Naomi Wolf discussing the themes and issues that have come to the fore during the present presidential cycle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628726725
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 78,217
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jessamyn Conrad was raised in North Dakota and Minnesota. With degrees from Harvard and Cambridge Universities, she is currently pursuing a doctorate at Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

Dr. Naomi Wolf, a graduate of Yale University, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and recipient of a D Phil from Oxford University in Victorian Studies, was a consultant to Al Gore during his presidential campaign, on women’s issues and social policy. A professor, journalist, social critic, and political activist, she is the co-founder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, the American Freedom campaign, and the civic technology startup, DailyClout.com. She is the author of the international bestsellers The Beauty Myth and The End of America, as well as six other bestsellers. Her work has appeared in The Times of London, Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Harper’s Bazaar. She has appeared on Larry King Live, Meet the Press, The Joyce Behar Show, and The Colbert Report. She resides in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition Naomi Wolf vii

Preface xv

An Introduction to Political Affiliations xix

1 Elections 1

2 The Economy 34

3 Foreign Policy 74

4 The Military 118

5 Health Care 142

6 Energy 167

7 The Environment 195

8 Civil Liberties 219

9 Culture Wars 255

10 Socioeconomic Policy 277

11 Homeland Security 308

12 Education 328

13 Trade 347

Acknowledgments 371

Notes 373

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What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't: A Non-Partisan Guide to the Issues That Matter 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a young voter something I got out of this book was I was able to side with a political party without being pressured from the author, family, or friends. I actually learned the main issues Democrats and Republicans side with it. Suprisingly, just learning the facts I was able to decide what I believe in and its different than what my parents raised me as. I would like to give this author Kudos for being the first to deliver the facts without a biased opinion.
KWChic2020 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was quite thorough. It breaks down many important issues and explains them in an easy to understand way. I highlighted a lot of this book because of the information I'd never known or it was a clarification of what I thought I knew already.
cb76 More than 1 year ago
This book is really easy to read, even for someone who is interested in politics but doesn't have a political science degree. Though much of the information is concerned with the current events around the Bush administration, the background information on why political parties believe what they believe, and make the decisions they make is very interesting and informative for the reader to gauge where they themselves stand on these issues. Politics is a sometimes complicated subject, but this book really helps the reader to understand where the political parties are coming from. If you are at all interested in politics or, just in the current political debates, you should read this book.
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Seems fair and even, doesn't slip into partisanship
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