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What You Should Know about Politics . . . But Don't, Fourth Edition: A… (edição 2020)

por Jessamyn Conrad (Autor)

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Now in its second edition, here is one of the first and only issue-based nonpartisan guides to contemporary American politics. It's a very exciting time in American politics. Voter turnout in primaries and caucuses across the nation has shattered old records. More than ever, in this election year people are paying attention to the issues. But in a world of sound bites and deliberate misinformation and a political scene that is literally colored by a partisan divide--blue vs. red--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, the war in Iraq, health care, oil and renewable energy sources, 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.… (mais)
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Título:What You Should Know about Politics . . . But Don't, Fourth Edition: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter
Autores:Jessamyn Conrad (Autor)
Informação:Arcade Publishing (2020), Edition: 4th ed., 408 pages
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Excellent nonpartisan overview of many hot issues in American politics, but I'm not sure what the point of the 2020 edition was. Comparing the 1st, 3rd, and 4th editions, there's really not much new in this newest one. Nothing past 2012, NAFTA is still written about in the present tense (didn't take effect until July but signed before the end of 2019), 2000 and 2004 are listed as contentious elections but nothing about 2016, and no mention of executive overreach (increased use of executive orders, consolidating power in the executive branch) post-G. W. Bush. Needs updating. But then, everything written before March 2020 needs updating.
1 vote ImperfectCJ | Oct 28, 2020 |
A good primer perhaps, but the layout is awful. In light of the recent election and the never-ending election cycle I thought I'd pick this up upon the recommendation of Book Riot (I think?) to brush up on my knowledge. Although I did take general political science courses many years ago in college it seemed like it would be good to refresh myself going forward. So I thought this would be a good read.
 
The book is a primer of US politics, as you can probably guess from the title. Everything from elections to health care to civil liberties, etc. the book says it will tell you what you need to know. Each chapter is a huge block of text outlining the basics with bolded terms and phrases that should be familiar to you if you follow political (or really any) news.
 
That's about it. And unlike most other common criticisms (which seem to center on whether this book is non-partisan or not), I hated something else about the book: It's written in one long, on-going block of text. There are subheadings for subthemes in each chapter, but the book seemed to drone on and on in written form. This format just didn't work for me. And as others say, it probably could have really stood to take certain topics more in depth than not, even though this is supposed to be a basic guide. 
 
I'm certainly not advocating for more pictures or less text, but I was surprised to see this so highly rated when it seems like this could have been at least formatted in a more accessible way. This could also stem from my own personal background where I am *much* familiar with certain topics in this book and not so much in others. So maybe it's me the reader just not being the quite right audience for this book.
 
Wouldn't be surprised to see this pop up in a syllabi classes on political science but I'd argue it's readable without a course to guide you. Borrowed from the library and that's about right. Glad I didn't buy it. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
Let me say first, that there was not a lot of new information in this book and I found the title only slightly less offensive than the "for dummies" series of books, which I refuse to consult on principle. I've read over a couple of them, meh. It went downhill from there.



The book starts off talking about elections and explains about voting districts and political parties and the electoral college. Then it gets into voter suppression and fraud, gerrymandering campaign finance and the trouble with electronic voting machines. The following chapters take on a long list of hot button issues: recession. stagflation, the mortgage crisis, isolationism, health care, homeland security, no child left behind, all the while maintaining a neutral non partisan tone, the News Hour with Jim Lerher, on Prozac. "Some believe that torture is inherently morally repugnant and is never justifiable. Others think there may be some very restricted circumstances in which torture is morally acceptable, while still others contend that those conditions are broader."

Some people bend over backwards to not have an opinion, too, and Jessamyn Conrad is one of them. Some people think torture is sometimes OK? Let's put it out there, Jessamyn. The Bush Administration denies that it ever tortured anyone and if it did, then they must have deserved it. And besides, if the President does it, it's legal.

I became weary of the neutrality. None of the burning issues of the day have any relevance weight, meaning or value in this book, just on the one hand and on the other.
The publisher got blurbs from Barack Obama and Bob Dole for the front cover. I guess John McCain was too busy to answer the email.

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1 vote cbjorke | Sep 10, 2009 |
Conrad does an excellent job showing both sides of controversial issues. Her tone is intelligent and unbiased. She lives up to her book's title - - and then some. ( )
  Bonni208 | Feb 14, 2009 |
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.

This is a useful guide to be used and referred to often. I recommend it. ( )
  smilingsally | Oct 23, 2008 |
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Now in its second edition, here is one of the first and only issue-based nonpartisan guides to contemporary American politics. It's a very exciting time in American politics. Voter turnout in primaries and caucuses across the nation has shattered old records. More than ever, in this election year people are paying attention to the issues. But in a world of sound bites and deliberate misinformation and a political scene that is literally colored by a partisan divide--blue vs. red--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, the war in Iraq, health care, oil and renewable energy sources, 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.

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