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Best Books on Democracy

Recommendations from 11 articles, Barack Obama, Zitto Kabwe, Steve Kerr and 15 others.
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Grace for President
Kelly Dipucchio - 2012-03-06 (first published in 2007)
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A fresh, fun, and "thought-provoking" New York Times bestseller about the American electoral college and why every vote counts from bestselling and award-winning duo Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham. "Where are the girls?" When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides she wants to be the nation's...
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Democracy in America
Alexis de Tocqueville - 2002-04-01 (first published in 1835)
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Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) came to America in 1831 to see what a great republic was like. What struck him most was the country's equality of conditions, its democracy. The book he wrote on his return to France, Democracy in America, is both the best ever written on democracy and the best ever written on America. It remains the most often quote...
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Lillian's Right to Vote
A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Jonah Winter - 2015-07-14
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An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a “long haul up a steep hill” to her polling place, she sees more than trees and ...
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How Democracies Die
Steven Levitsky - 2019-01-08 (first published in 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Comprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely."--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITH BOOK PRIZE - SHORTLISTED FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - Time - Foreign Affairs - WBUR - PasteDonald Trump's presidency has raise...
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If I Ran For President
Catherine Stier - 2008-04-01
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If you ran for president, you would have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television. If you ran for president, you would have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American peopl...
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When You Grow Up to Vote
How Our Government Works for You
Eleanor Roosevelt - 2018-09-25
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Eleanor Roosevelt’s book on citizenship for young people now revised and updated for a contemporary audience.In the voice of one of the most iconic and beloved political figures of the twentieth century comes a book on citizenship for the future voters of the twenty-first century. Eleanor Roosevelt published the original edition of When You Grow Up...
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What's the Big Deal About Elections
Ruby Shamir - 2020-08-25
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From campaigns to voting booths, from local elections to national races, this fun and fact-filled book--now in chapter book format!--celebrates the fundamental American idea that "we the people" get to decide who runs the show.Did you know that we have more than ninety thousand state and local governments in the US? Or that Election Day celebration...
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Duck for President
Doreen Cronin - 2004-03-02
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My fellow Americans: It is our pleasure, our honor, our duty as citizens to present to you Duck for President. Here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land. Some say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he is a duck. We say, if he walks like a du...
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So You Want to Be President?
The Revised and Updated Edition
Judith St. George - 2004-08-19 (first published in 2000)
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This new version of the Caldecott-winning classic by illustrator David Small and author Judith St. George is updated with current facts and new illustrations to include our forty-second president, George W. Bush. There are now three Georges in the catalog of presidential names, a Bush alongside the presidential family tree, and a new face on the en...
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What Can a Citizen Do?
Dave Eggers - 2018-09-11
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Across the course of several seemingly unrelated but ultimately connected actions by different children, we watch how kids turn a lonely island into a community—and watch a journey from what the world should be to what the world could be....
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On Tyranny
Timothy Snyder - 2017-02-28
Political Order and Political Decay by Francis Fukuyama
The People vs. Democracy by Yascha Mounk
PEOPLE VS TECH, THE by J. Bartlett
Against Elections by David van Reybrouck
Winner-Take-All Politics by Jacob S. Hacker
Grace Goes to Washington by Kelly Dipucchio
If I Were President by Catherine Stier
Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton
Around America to Win the Vote by Mara Rockliff
On Democracy by Robert A. Dahl
The Civic Culture by Gabriel Abraham Almond