VOTES OF CONFIDENCE by Jeff Fleischer
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VOTES OF CONFIDENCE

A Young Person's Guide to American Elections
Age Range: 12 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Neither the American electoral nor political process is simple. And if you think so, you’ve likely got it wrong.

Fortunately, self-described political nerd Fleischer is here to clarify things. In a particularly winning voice, abetted by numerous intriguing anecdotes and trivia, Fleischer commences at the beginning, with an origin story (Revolution, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Bill of Rights), before moving on to mechanics. He issues an implicit challenge with his introduction—“If there’s one thing we know for sure about American government, it’s that a lot of Americans don’t know much about it”—and then goes on to make sure readers buck that trend. His discussion of the electoral college is a fine example of his compressive clarity: the college is a compromise measure to rein in populous states while avoiding the pitfalls of giving too much power to Congress and state legislatures. It has its drawbacks, but it is not as egregious as push polling (“one of the sleaziest of political dirty tricks”) or hindering voter registration. Fleischer works plenty of civics and history into this study of the revelatory power of politics—“Strom Thurmond and George Wallace demonstrated that racists were a large voting bloc”—so his closing suggestions on how readers can get involved and be heard are perfectly placed.

Fleischer’s primer tenders a wealth of insight in a generous and welcoming manner. (resources) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: May 3rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-936976-90-4
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Zest Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2016




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