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Democracy in one book or less : how it works, why it doesn't, and why fixing it is easier than you think

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The democracy you live in today is different́completely different́from the democracy you were born into. You probably don't realize just how radically your republic has been altered during your lifetime. Yet more than any policy issue, political trend, or even Donald Trump himself, our redesigned system of government is responsible for the peril America faces today.What explains the gap between what We, the People want and what our elected leaders do? How can we fix our politics before it's too late? And how can we truly understand the state of our democracy without wanting to crawl under a rock? That's what former Obama speechwriter David Litt set out to answer.Poking into forgotten corners of history, translating political science into plain English, and traveling the country to meet experts and activists, Litt explains how the world́s greatest experiment in democracy went awry.℗(He also tries to crash a party at Mitch McConnelĺs former frat house. It goes poorly.)The result of Litt's journey is something you might not have thought possible: a page-turner about the political process. You'll meet the Supreme Court justice charged with murder, learn how James Madison's college roommate broke the Senate, encounter a citrus thief who embodies what's wrong with our elections, and join Belle the bill as she tries to become a law (a quest far more harrowing than the one in℗Schoolhouse Rock!).Yet despite his clear-eyed assessment of the dangers we face, Litt remains audaciously optimistic. He offers a to-do list of bold yet achievable changeśa blueprint for restoring the balance of power in America before it's too late.

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Livonia Public Library 321.8 LIT (Text)
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  • ISBN: 9780062879363
  • ISBN: 0062879367
  • Physical Description: 388 pages; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2020.

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The democracy you live in today is different́completely different́from the democracy you were born into. You probably don't realize just how radically your republic has been altered during your lifetime. Yet more than any policy issue, political trend, or even Donald Trump himself, our redesigned system of government is responsible for the peril America faces today.What explains the gap between what We, the People want and what our elected leaders do? How can we fix our politics before it's too late? And how can we truly understand the state of our democracy without wanting to crawl under a rock? That's what former Obama speechwriter David Litt set out to answer.Poking into forgotten corners of history, translating political science into plain English, and traveling the country to meet experts and activists, Litt explains how the world́s greatest experiment in democracy went awry.℗(He also tries to crash a party at Mitch McConnelĺs former frat house. It goes poorly.)The result of Litt's journey is something you might not have thought possible: a page-turner about the political process. You'll meet the Supreme Court justice charged with murder, learn how James Madison's college roommate broke the Senate, encounter a citrus thief who embodies what's wrong with our elections, and join Belle the bill as she tries to become a law (a quest far more harrowing than the one in℗Schoolhouse Rock!).Yet despite his clear-eyed assessment of the dangers we face, Litt remains audaciously optimistic. He offers a to-do list of bold yet achievable changeśa blueprint for restoring the balance of power in America before it's too late.
Subject: Democracy > United States.
Politicians > United States.
Political science > United States.


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