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Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics
Jerome Armstrong
1931498997
March 2006
Hardcover
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Adam Cohen, New York Times, March 12, 2006
"Dead on."

The Nation, February 24, 2006
"...provocative new book that offers a perceptive analysis of progressive politics and proposes to revolutionize the Democratic Party..."

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Hardball
Christopher Matthews
0684845598
Nov 1999
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
Hardball, first published in 1988, is like a modern version of Machiavelli's The Prince, only much more richly illustrated, with anecdotes drawn from talk-show host Chris Matthews's stint as a congressional staffer (where he worked for, among others, renowned Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill). Discussing such basic principles as "It's not who you know; it's who you get to know" and "Don't get mad, don't get even--get ahead," Matthews not only dishes out choice Washington insider info, he has over the years inspired many readers to apply his principles for political success to their own professional lives.

From Publishers Weekly
A former Senate aide, presidential speech writer and assistant to Tip O'Neill, Matthews here offers an entertaining view of Washington politics. He covers...


The Long Road Home
G. B. Trudeau
0740753851
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Thousands of U.S. soldiers have suffered grievous wounds in Iraq, but only one of them is a Doonesbury character. This special collection chronicles seven months of cutting-edge cartooning, during which B.D.-and readers of the strip-got an up-close schooling in a kind of personal transformation no one seeks. Deprived not only of leg but also his ubiquitous trademark helmet, B.D. survives first-response Baghdad triage, evacuation to Landstuhl's surgeon-rich environment, and visits by innumerable morale-boosting celebs, both red and blue in hue. He's awed in turn by morphine, take-no-guff nurses, his fellow amps, and his family, including the daughter who hand-delivers succor, one aspirin at a time. Transferred stateside to Walter Reed's Ward 57, B.D. is inspired by the wisdom of physiatrists, warmed by the dedicated...


Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor
Herman Parish
0064443094
June 2001
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3 Amelia Bedelia always does exactly what people tell her to do, so when her employer says he wishes she would run for the mayor's office, she dashes down to city hall. Although Amelia never meant to do anything more than literally run to the office, an encounter with the mayor and a reporter soon has her in the thick of a political campaign. Such literal mindedness is what gives Amelia her charm, and there are plenty of instances of humorous confusion in this latest installment in the series. If not quite to the level of the original titles written by Peggy Parish, the author's nephew does a satisfactory job of carrying on the traditions of wordplay and wacky complications that have made Amelia Bedelia such a beloved character. Readers will recognize Sweat's watercolor and black-pen illustrations...


The Military Advantage : A Comprehensive Guide to Your Military & Veterans Benefits
G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery (Foreword), Christopher P. Michel
0743269462
November 29, 2005
Paperback
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Review
"Every servicemember and veteran should read this book. It is the definitive guide to making the most of your benefits."-- The Honorable Anthony J. Principi, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs
"This book cuts through the red tape and shows the real benefits available to our nation's veterans. It's a valuable complement to any library."-- The Honorable Max Cleland, former U.S. senator
"Knowledge is the first and most critical tool for a veteran. Awareness of what's available and how to access the system is key. The Military Advantage finally brings it all together in one place."-- Edward A. Powell, Jr., President and CEO, USO World Headquarters
"The Military Advantage is the single best benefits resource for military personnel and their families. It's a must-read for anyone who has...


How to Run for Local Office : A Complete, Step-By-Step Guide that Will Take You Through the Entire Process of Running and Winning a Local Election
Robert J. Thomas, Doug Gowen (Editor)
0966830407
April 12, 1999
Paperback
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From the Publisher
We didn't realize that this book would have such wide appeal with candidates. It is being used by people from all walks of life running for all types of elective offices. The biggest surprise since the book's inception just two years ago, was how far the book would sell. While it's main customer base in the United States, the book has been sold all over the world in several different countries. It is even being used by several professors and teachers at universities around the country. The book is in it's second printing now and it has been a sucess.

From the Author
When I first sat down to begin writing this book, my goal was to make it an easy-to-read handbook. A book that could easily be read in one evening. I didn't want a 250 page book that consisted on 125 pages of...


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Walter Isaacson
074325807X
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Benjamin Franklin, writes journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson, was that rare Founding Father who would sooner wink at a passer-by than sit still for a formal portrait. What's more, Isaacson relates in this fluent and entertaining biography, the revolutionary leader represents a political tradition that has been all but forgotten today, one that prizes pragmatism over moralism, religious tolerance over fundamentalist rigidity, and social mobility over class privilege. That broadly democratic sensibility allowed Franklin his contradictions, as Isaacson shows. Though a man of lofty principles, Franklin wasn't shy of using sex to sell the newspapers he edited and published; though far from frivolous, he liked his toys and his mortal pleasures; and though he sometimes gave off a simpleton image, he was a shrewd and even...


The Kid Who Became President
Dan Gutman
0590023764
Oct 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Judson Moon won the presidential election of 2000 at age 12. Now, a year later, he's dodging assassination attempts and facing off with a crazed South American dictator! Sometimes, Judson wishes he was just a regular kid back in Madison, Wisconsin.


The Truth (with jokes)
Al Franken
0525949062
October 25, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
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Book Description
Al Franken's landmark bestseller, Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, was praised as a "bitterly funny assault" (The New York Times) that rang "with the moral clarity of an angel's trumpet" (Associated Press). Now, this master of political humor strikes again with a powerful and provocative message for...



Take It Back
James Carville
074327752X
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
An intelligent, carefully outlined strategy to seize power from the Republicans and restore it to its rightful place slightly left of center, this book (despite Carville's "Ragin' Cajun" claim to gonzo liberalism) is remarkably reasonable and cleverly calculated to appeal to a broad spectrum of Americans. Carville and Begala have a solid grasp of the issues that concern the majority of citizens: moral values, political corruption, taxes, health care, energy issues and, of course, the war in Iraq. They are most persuasive when arguing for seemingly common-sense policies: their energy plan-conservation, environmental remediation and making a "real commitment to alternative fuels"-is based on the handling of the energy crisis of the 1970s that saw the U.S. cut energy use and oil imports while growing the GDP....


Politics the Wellstone Way
Wellstone Action
0816646651
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Review
“Paul Wellstone had a great ability to win by connecting his politics to people in a profound way. Paul can’t be replaced, but his formula for success can be passed on to others, and this book does just that. Written by the people who guided his successful campaigns, it is a blueprint for those who are committed to making a difference, taking a stand, and winning.” —Walter Mondale “Paul Wellstone was a great American because he was honest and led with his heart. But he was a successful leader because he knew how to organize, and he showed ordinary citizens that they had the power within themselves to change our country.” —Howard Dean, chair of the Democratic National Committee and former presidential candidate “This book is the next best thing to...


Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life
Avinash K. Dixit, Barry J. Nalebuff
0393310353
April 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Most books on game theory either focus on specialized applications (cardplaying, business, nuclear war) or bore with mathematics and jargon. Free of formulas and argot, this refreshing exception distills the principles, concepts, tools and techniques--brinkmanship, bargaining, unconditional moves, vicious circles, etc.--with an astonishing diversity of illustrative examples drawn from political campaigns, baseball, neighborhood dynamics of segregation, the military draft, speed limits, childrearing and so forth. In helping strategists anticipate rivals' responses and win the game, economics professors Dixit and Nalebuff (who teach game theory at Princeton and Yale, respectively) provide managers, negotiators, athletes, parents and other game-players with a formidable weapon. Drawings. BOMC, Fortune Book Club and...


Politics for Dummies .
Ann DeLaney
0764508873
Apr 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Whether you understand politics or not, it still affects your life in very real ways. But American politics can be confusing. What’s a caucus? How do primaries work? How can you sift through all the babble to get to the truth?

Politics For Dummies offers all these answers and more. And it’s not just for political novices; even those with a firm understanding of politics can use this book to fill out their knowledge of the little complexities – from how the Electoral College works to campaign contribution limits. If you have little or no knowledge of politics, don’t worry. Most people need answers just like you do, that’s why this book helps you: Pick the candidate who best represents your views Donate time or money to a campaign Let your...



Politics., Vol. 6
Aristotle
0486414248
November 2000
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The past few years have seen a spate of new translations of classic texts in philosophy, in part because of more complete texts on which to base the translations and in part because of a desire to render the texts in a more contemporary English. Simpson (classics and philosophy, CUNY) has produced a fresh and lively translation that is perhaps more logically ordered. He makes a strong case for rearranging the standard order of the books of the Politics to provide a sequence more in keeping with Aristotle's intentions, positioning Books 7 and 8 to follow Book 3. The text begins with a translation of Book 10, Chapter 9 of the Nicomachean Ethics, which Simpson argues is a precursor to the Politics. A comparison with standard translations, such as those of Jowett and Barker, indicates that Simpson put much effort into...


Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'EM Out
Steve Jarding
0743286510
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Those who stayed up late to watch with worry or woke in dismay after the November 2004 presidential elections will welcome this answer to "How in the Hell did this happen?" as the first chapter, aptly titled, promises to explain. In this humorous discussion of what went wrong and how to change it, Harvard professor Jarding and Virginia politico Saunders present a method to secure a Democratic victory by gaining the lead in the South and the Midwest. The book encourages Democrats to open their minds to the rural culture of "Bubbas," or blue collar, religious folks who despise government intrusion, have been voting Republican and would respond to political "NASCAR marketing." Jarding and Saunders keep it lively, interspersing low-blow jabs at Republicans with statistics, political history and strategies for...


Parliament of Whores
P. J. O'Rourke
0802139701
Feb 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
If satirists are at their best when tussling with something they hate, then this is P.J. O'Rourke's masterpiece. He clearly hates government--and has hated it since before it was cool to do so--and for all the right reasons, too: it's clumsy, inefficient, hypocritical, greedy, and arrogant. In other words, it magnifies the faults of the poor saps who staff it. Parliament of Whores is the humorist's howl of bitter laughter at the entire bloated, numskulled mess. As befits an ex-editor of National Lampoon, nothing is out of bounds for O'Rourke. Speaking of the fabled "football"--that satchel that follows the president around 24/7--the author doubts there are really launch codes in there at all--nothing but "a copy of Penthouse and a pint bottle of Hiram Walker--a Penthouse from back in the seventies,...


A Practical Guide For Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path To More Effective Problem Solving
Eugene Bardach
1568029233
November 2004
Paperback
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Renee Johnson, University of Florida
This new edition of A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis is a gift to both professors and students.

Robert P. Goss, Brigham Young University
US and international students consistently give this perspicacious presentation of policy analysis fundamentals high marks for its clarity and insight.

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Will You, Won't You
Jessie Haas
1402894252

Hardcover
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Hope Was Here
Joan Bauer
0142404241
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Here's a book that's as warm and melty as a grilled Swiss on seven-grain bread, and just as wholesome and substantial. Ever since the boss promoted her from bus girl two and a half years ago when she was 14, Hope has been a waitress--and a darn good one, too. She takes pride in making people happy with good food, as does her aunt Addie, a diner cook extraordinaire. The two of them have been a pair ever since Hope's waitress mother abandoned her as a baby, and now they have come to rural Wisconsin to run the Welcome Stairways café for G.T. Stoop, who is dying of leukemia. But he's not dead yet, as the kindly and greathearted restaurant owner demonstrates when he decides to run for mayor against the wicked and corrupt Eli Millstone.

As old-fashioned goodness lines up against the bad guys, the campaign leads...



How To Win A Local Election, Revised : A Complete Step-by-Step Guide
Lawrence Grey
0871318784
April 25, 1999
Paperback
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From Booklist
Though Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour and former head of the Democratic National Committee David Wilhelm disagree about most issues, both supply forewords to this nuts-and-bolts, do-it-yourself guide to running for and winning one of the nation's more than 500,000 local offices. Grey, an appeals court judge in Ohio who has served for nearly two decades in various elective offices, has a .667 batting average (he won four of the six campaigns he waged). Opening with the decision to run, his manual spells out the details of planning and organizing a campaign, recruiting staff and volunteers, and making effective use of basic campaign procedures and techniques: literature, mailing lists, newspapers, radio and TV, yard signs, billboards, and doorbell ringing. Appendixes provide a glossary, a list of state...


California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach
Larry Gerston
0534630812
December 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT is a brief "nuts and bolts" book with contemporary examples that offer students a real life view of politics while illustrating the complex principles at work in California Government. In addition to introducing California?s complex political system to students, major issues as economics, education, and immigration are discussed as along with their impact on California politics. Coverage of interests groups, campaigns and state/federal relations is particularly notable. Furthermore, the text integrates public policy coverage throughout the text, instead of consigning it to individual chapters?making connections and focusing students on the real impacts and practical effects of legislation and other government activities on their lives.

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Dime's Worth of Difference
Alexander Cockburn
1904859038
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Description

You hear the drumbeats every day: Anybody But Bush, Anybody But Bush. The rampage of the President and his gang of neo-cons and corporadoes is presented by many liberal powerbrokers as a uniquely evil experience in the history of the American republic. Bush is cast as Hitler, and it becomes a moral imperative for progressives to rally behind any Democrat, because in comparison to an American Hitler, all challengers must be benign. Right?-Wrong.

Dime's Worth of Difference shatters these myths once and for all. A must-read in this election year, it's the new collection edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, editors of the hugely popular radical website CounterPunch.org and the investigative newsletter CounterPunch.

From judicial nominees to the environmental pillage, economic policy to...


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