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The Good, Bad And The Ugly Of American Politics In 15 Amazing Books

Relive your history classes by taking a deep dive into America’s democratic past

America is a relatively new country, yet it is also one with a rich history. With 45 presidents thus far, the US has come a long way. A lot of the progress has been driven by politics, and the democratic process that is so respected by its citizens. Learn about the founding fathers, the drawing up of the amendments and the Constitution like never before, with incredible books that make a truly captivating and educational read.

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#1 Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State by Andrew Gelman

Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State by Andrew Gelman
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics.

A must-read for anyone seeking to make sense of today’s fractured political landscape. This expanded edition includes statistics from the historical 2008 election. With wit and prodigious number crunching, Andrew Gelman debunks many of the political myths.

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#2 Trump on the Couch by Justin A. Frank

Trump on the Couch by Justin A. Frank
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Karen R. Koenig from KarenRKoenig.

At this point in history, nothing is more important than to understand our current president. Aimed at ringing alarm bells about the dangers of Donald Trump’s mental unfitness as president, Frank’s book also helps us understand how he came to be elected to this country’s highest office. Using an applied psychoanalytic approach, Frank’s goal is to provide readers with the beginnings of an education in psychiatric principles that will help add depth and structure to concerns about the state of the president’s mental health.

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#3 The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump by Bandy Lee

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump by Bandy Lee
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Karen R. Koenig from KarenRKoenig.

In today’s political climate, U.S. mental health professionals face a challenging dilemma: Whether or not to alert their patients and the public about their views on President Trump’s dangerous state of mind. Authored by 27 contributors, all experts in the mental health field, this book answers these questions and many more.

These witnessing professionals are comparable to those providing their views publicly in other areas of expertise-medicine, law, government, foreign relations or finance. Several of the book’s experts write from the vantage point of having conducted in-depth study of or having worked closely with Donald Trump and, therefore, are able to offer insights into the president’s behavior that psychotherapists may not have read about previously.

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#4 Reading the Declaration by Paul Engel

Reading the Declaration by Paul Engel
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Paul Engel from The Constitution Study.

As part of studying the Constitution, you need to study the Declaration of Independence as well. The Declaration not only gives the reasons why we separated from Great Britain, but describes what would be established in its place. In this book we’ll look at the origins of the Declaration of Independence, what our founding fathers were creating and compare their grievances to our lives today.

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#5 The Bill of Rights by Paul Engel

The Bill of Rights by Paul Engel
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Paul Engel from The Constitution Study.

John Jay said we should all read and study the Constitution of this nation so we can perceive when they are violated and be prepared to defend them. This book looks at what is a right, why we have a Bill of Rights and what rights it protects. Whether you are a history buff or not, this book will help you understand your rights, the rights of others and how we can defend them legally.

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#6 How the 16th & 17th Amendments Destroyed the Republic by Paul Engel

How the 16th & 17th Amendments Destroyed the Republic by Paul Engel
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Paul Engel from The Constitution Study.

From man on the street interviews to academic research we see that American’s understanding of our Constitution today is lacking. Studies show that 39% of Americans cannot name a single freedom protected by the First Amendment. This led me to start The Constitution Study, where everyday Americans can read and study their constitution, learn to defend their rights, and to teach the rising generations to be free.

In this book I show the story behind these amendments, what problems they were intended to fix, and what problems they actually created. I believe this is important information for all Americans to understand if we are to remain a functioning republic and not just one in name only.

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#7 American Politics Today Essentials by William T. Bianco and David T. Canon

American Politics Today Essentials by William T. Bianco and David T. Canon
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids.

This is a book worked over by many years, it contains all the specific questions you could want for a better understanding of what it happens in today’s American political context. It’s called essentials for a reason, it covers all the history from recent times until today.

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#8 The Logic of American Politics by Samuel H. Kernell

The Logic of American Politics by Samuel H. Kernell
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids.

This one is a book that is used in schools to have an understanding of what it’s the logic of politicians and their behavior and why are they that way. 5 authors ranging from different backgrounds have collaborated to create this masterpiece of a book that anyone interested in this topic should read.

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#9 What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don’t by Jessamyn Conrad

What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't by Jessamyn Conrad
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids.

This is about the hidden stories that come out for the public months or years after it happens, the real issue in politics and why you should care.

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#10 Three Strikes You’re Out by DeRay Williams

Three Strikes You're Out by DeRay Williams
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and Earth, and God created men and women of all walks of life equal, regardless of biological, social or ethnic orientation. America is God’s land, and the church is its foundation, the very centrepiece that holds this great nation together, its solid rock. As Americans, we all must work together, and follow a higher moral calling to make this world Heaven on Earth for everyone. The Three Strike laws were supposedly designed to keep dangerous criminals off the street, but they served a more nefarious purpose; discriminating against black people and poor Americans who could not afford an adequate legal defence. They end up in prison for long periods of time, away from their families.

The teenage boys without dads end up joining gangs, now we are spending more money on corrections, building more prisons than schools, firing teachers and hiring more prison guards. In Three Strikes, DeRay Williams explores how special interest groups have worked to undermine civil rights movements to protect their own interests. From slave owners resisting emancipation in order to protect their cheap workforce to health insurance companies paying millions in an attempt to block universal health care so that they can continue to charge excessive amounts for healthcare insurance. Health care is a moral issue, not a political debate, but a civil right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Americans are dying today because they can’t afford adequate healthcare. DeRay also explores Presidents of the United States and civil rights in America; alongside the differences in social care and education drawing on his own experiences of living in both the North and South of the USA during the 1950s. He discusses the hardships faced by many in the South at the time, but also highlights their perseverance and resilience. Though this book discusses some of the darker sides of American history, it remains an optimistic and forward-looking treatise.

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#11 Donald John Trump: villain or hero? by Douglas G Long

Donald John Trump: villain or hero? by Douglas G Long
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

In President Trump, we see a different sort of leader from those we have had in the past. He has not come out of the traditional political machine, having never served as a US Congressman or a Senator.

He is rich, with business interests across the world. He is loud and bombastic. He has absolutely no doubts about his ability to achieve results through making deals. The question is: What sort of a president will he be?

Has Donald Trump gone into politics in order to increase his wealth, or has he an underlying altruistic intent? Will he be caught up by the political machines and, gradually, become seduced into believing that being re-elected is the only game in town, or will he surpass all expectations to become, even if unwittingly, the most powerful agent for positive change that the world has seen in a very long time?

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#12 The Divided States of America by Kevin Shive

The Divided States of America by Kevin Shive
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

The Divided States of America is a political book that goes deeper than most have dared to go. It digs right into the very meaning of being an American. It dissects what it is that is ailing American politics today, and what it is going to take to fix it.

There are so many issues in the United States that people are refusing to talk about and The Divided States of America takes them head on. While approaching the issues Americans face with realism, there is room to be optimistic. The partisan war that is threatening to tear America apart can be stopped. There are far too many obvious American truths that have been forgotten, and The Divided States of America is a much-needed refresher. The American people need this book and they need it right now

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#13 The Emancipation Gene by Steven Kuhn

The Emancipation Gene by Steven Kuhn
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

From the birth of a conscious being, to the idealistic parenting and fast-evolving social landscape, Steven Kuhn details the culture of vanity and self-obsession and exactly how we ended up that way. The overwhelming self-destruction propagated from the 1980s to the present day has drastically altered fashion, created false idols and over-sexualised our children. Whether it be changes to parenting strategies, sexuality, mass media or an individual’s neurobiology, cultural norms in Britain have changed drastically – is this progressive or regressive?

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#14 Reforming American Politics by Harold Heie

Reforming American Politics by Harold Heie
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing.

Christianity and political conflict are paired so often in daily headlines that Harold Heie’s message is astonishing. A lifelong practitioner of respectful engagement with others, Heie lifts up core Christian values that can transform toxic confrontations into constructive conversations. He proposes a “Way Forward” beyond the us-versus-them tribalistic fighting mentality that currently plagues politics.

As a Christian, Heie believes that “Jesus has called all his followers to love their neighbors. Providing someone who disagrees with you a safe and welcoming space to express that disagreement and then talking respectfully about your disagreement is a deep expression of love.” In Reforming American Politics, Heie aims to model respectful conversations among Christians who have strong disagreements about:

How Christians and others should talk to one another about political issues The meaning of politics and the appropriate scope of political activity Public policy proposals that are hotly debated. He recommends a “Way Forward” for Christians, and others, to seek to reform American politics that presents a stark contrast to current ways of doing politics. In his research for this book, Heie worked with 23 diverse conversation partners for 10 months of online discussions. His electronic forum is an “eCircle” that attracted readers nationwide.

Best-selling evangelical historian Mark Noll writes, “In an age of flaming rhetoric, fractious politics and fissiparous ideology, Harold Heie exemplifies a much better way. The discussions he moderates in this book treat red-hot issues like immigration, health care, economic inequality and money in politics, as well as more general considerations of Christian principles, Christian prudence and Christian practice. The marvel for readers will be to see believers airing their differences frankly, but doing so with Christian friendship preserved and Christian wisdom to the forefront. It is hard to imagine a better book for times like these.”

Award-winning journalist and scholar of American religion Randall Balmer also urges readers to explore Heie’s thoughtful approach to encouraging dialogue by basing his appeal on timeless Christian principles. Balmer writes: “At a time when public discourse has devolved from disagreement to partisanship to tribalism, Harold Heie has determinedly promoted‘respectful conversations.’ As evident in this, his latest summation, Heie does not settle for bromides or platitudes. He insists on thoughtful, theological, informed discussions, and he points us, all of us, toward a better way.”

As Noll and Balmer point out, Heie addresses some of the toughest questions millions of American families face in trying to live out their Christian faith as well engaging in important public issues. Chapters include: “What Does Christian Love Demand?” and “The Role of Money and Special Interests in Politics” as well as “Wealth and Poverty in America” and “Christians and Churches Doing Politics.”

In these pages, individuals, small groups and entire congregations will discover hopeful and effective new strategies to engage the larger world while embodying the central calling of their faith.

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#15 Crime & Cover Up In American Politics by Donald Jeffries

Crime & Cover Up In American Politics by Donald Jeffries
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Stefanie Lesser from Hope & Love Radio.

In a attempt to set the record straight, Donald Jeffres,demonstrates in his newest book that crimes, corruption, and conspiracies didn’t start with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . Moreover. this book challenges court historians, giving a completely different perspective on Us history and politics. Ranging from the civil war, to the Nuremberg trials up into the JFK assassination. Highly recommended for one if want a honest recollection of our polictics.

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Contributors to this article
Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

Karen R. Koenig from KarenRKoenig

Paul Engel from The Constitution Study

Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids

Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers

Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing

Stefanie Lesser from Hope & Love Radio

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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