Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—And Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency - William G. Howell

Have you caught yourself staring at your TV, watching the circus that our government seems to have devolved into with disbelief? In Relic, William Howell and Terry Moe peel back the layers and explain how not only is it not surprising that our government can't seem to accomplish much, but that it was actually designed that way. We take a look at our 226 year old Constitution and consider a very minor alteration that could allow for much greater functionality.

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ISBN: 9780465042692
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Published: Basic Books - April 26th, 2016

Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide - Joy-Ann Reid

This book is bold in its approach to present race as the center of what American politics has been and what it has the potential to be. Reid places the lens on Barack Obama and the Clinton regime as a way of analyzing the multifaceted and consistently developing Democratic Party. It’s not an indictment but a call, a laying of the political foundation for America, moving forward. It achieves much by being strikingly present while examining the history of the intense relationship race and politics in the US.

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ISBN: 9780062305251
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Published: Mariner Books - September 8th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780062305268
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Published: Mariner Books - September 27th, 2016

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics - Barton Swaim

As a former presidential speechwriter, I’ve long frowned upon political staffers who, trusted to be discreet, leave their jobs and spill the beans about their bosses in tell-all memoirs. I make an exception, though, for Barton Swaim, whose book, The Speechwriter, is one of the most entertaining and illuminating political books of the past few years. Swaim wrote speeches, op-eds, and letters for Mark Sanford when he was governor of South Carolina and a rising star in the Republican Party (he is now a Congressman). During Swaim’s tenure, Sanford fell from gubernatorial grace after revelations that he had vanished for days from the state to conduct an adulterous affair with a mistress in South America. Swaim’s book reveals the tortured, and often comical, relationship between the politician and his staff. But it is Swaim’s ongoing self-education in how to write “well” for a linguistically-challenged pol that is the most amusing part of the story. Somehow Swaim manages to convey the absurd rhetorical demands of his boss, and the general unpleasantness of working for him, with humor, grace, and a very deft writer’s touch.

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ISBN: 9781476769943
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 5th, 2016

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