The 10 Best Books About PoliticsMay 7 , 2018
In order to be an informed citizen, it's important to know about politics. Keeping track of the news is a crucial part of this, but knowing how the system works can be equally helpful. If you're looking to expand your knowledge on this subject, consider reading one of the books on this list.
The 10 Best Books About Politics
|1.||What You Should Know About Politics... But Don't||Jessamyn Conrad||A nonpartisan guide to the issues that matter|
|2.||Yes We (Still) Can||Dan Pfeiffer||Politics in the age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump|
|3.||The Three Languages of Politics||Arnold Kling||An exploration of the three coalitions of American politics|
|4.||The Politics Book||DK Publishing||An illustrated explanation of political principles|
|5.||Asymmetric Politics||Matt Grossmann & David A. Hopkins||A look at the differences between the Democrat and Republican parties|
|6.||Politics From A to Z||Richard Ganis||A glossary of political terms & topics|
|7.||What Happened||Hillary Rodham Clinton||A firsthand account of the 2016 election|
|8.||Politics for Dummies||Ann DeLaney||Complex issues explained in a clear & simple way|
|9.||Uncivil Agreement||Lilliana Mason||How politics became our identity|
|10.||Politics||Aristotle||An ancient yet still applicable look at political science|
Political Ideology in America
Politics is a complex subject to study or to even discuss among friends and family. But understanding it is important, since a good democracy relies on its citizens to make informed decisions when it comes time to vote.
Political books are a good starting point for somebody who wants to study policies, ideas, and influential personalities in the political scene. In no particular order, here are 10 of the best books about politics. They are all informative and interesting, no matter what your ideals and philosophies are.
At #1, "What You Should Know About Politics... But Don't" is a guide to contemporary American political principles that is issue-based and nonpartisan. Originally published in 2008, the book covers major topics, such as the economy, oil and renewable energy sources, the war in Iraq, climate change, and health care. Author Jessamyn Conrad explains who stands for what, and why. It is a good read for someone who wants to understand perennial issues and how they affect people's lives.
Taking the #2 spot is "Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump." The author, Dan Pfeiffer, is a former senior adviser for strategy and communications to U.S. President Barack Obama. This book is an account of how the White House dealt with internet trolls, fake news, and political issues. Pfeiffer recounts behind-the-scene anecdotes of the previous administration and how it led to Trump's win in 2016.
At #3, we have Arnold Kling's "The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides." In this book, the author explains the "3 tribal coalitions," namely progressives, conservatives, and libertarians. Kling examines the barriers coarsening the American political landscape. He offers a way to decrease polarization among parties by incorporating new perspectives and rethinking important issues.
Next, at #4 is "The Politics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained." Published by DK, this book contains accessible text, easy-to-follow graphics, and concise quotations, which makes it a helpful tool for students. It covers over 100 innovative political ideas in history, including philosophies of prominent historical personalities, such as Confucius, Thomas Jefferson, and Leon Trotsky.
Coming in at #5 is "Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats" by Matt Grossmann and David A. Hopkins. In this book, the authors collect vast research findings to derive an analysis of major party differences. Topics such as governance, competition, and citizen representation are also discussed.
At the #6 spot is "Politics from A to Z." This book, by Richard Ganis, provides a well-researched glossary of political topics, spanning several decades. It explores the different political ideas in history, from ancient Greece to contemporary USA. It also features an introductory interview with Noam Chomsky, a historian, social critic, and activist. With visual references and useful timelines, the author also introduces influential figures that shaped politics.
#7 is Hillary Rodham Clinton's "What Happened." With this book, Clinton recounts her experience as the Democratic Party's candidate for President in the 2016 election. She reveals what it was like to run against Donald Trump, her thoughts during the campaign, and how she handled her loss. The book is her personal account of the event, its aftermath, and how it affects the values and democracy of Americans.
At #8, "Politics For Dummies" is a book about American politics, explained in a clear and concise manner that anyone can understand. Authored by Ann DeLaney, it was originally published in December 1995. It is a simple but comprehensive guide, not only for political novices but also for those with questions about the complexities and issues. The book covers various topics, including the two-party system, public opinion, polls, the internet, and elections.
Next on the list, at #9 is "Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity" by Lilliana Mason. Originally published on April 16, 2018, the book explores the effect of racial, religious, and cultural differences on the two major political parties in the US. According to the author, social identifications changed how people think about themselves and their opponents. Mason describes the effects of political polarization caused by divisions in society.
At #10 is "Politics," the Dover Thrift Editions. This book was authored by Aristotle and translated by Benjamin Jowett. It describes the ideal state and how it can bring about a life that is desirable for its citizens. It also covers topics such as education, wealth, and power. This edition is best for students, teachers, and researchers who study political theories and Greek ideals.
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