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Quite honestly, I learned more about the United States government in this book than I did in my senior year government class. Each chapter is clearly defined and explored in depth. While it might be aimed at a slightly younger audience, I have no doubt that many (if not most) adults could gain a lot from giving this book a solid read. Part of what makes You Call This Democracy? so successful is that Rusch very explicitly makes the discussion of democracy in our country (and how we’ve let it down) go beyond party lines. And she’s right to do so, because democracy should be something everyone, regardless of political leanings, is invested in. It also acknowledges and works with the fact that a lot of kids and teens are interested in politics, but might not know where to start. Rusch breaks down every issue discussed, from voting age to gerrymandering to dark money, in a way that younger readers will understand without talking down to them. And while it can be disheartening at times, each chapter has suggestions for direct action that readers can take to change things. Honestly, this should be required reading. Just saying.
I'm 63 years old, lived in the U.S. my whole life, trained as a lawyer, and I should have known what was in this book, but I didn't. It is very clearly and simply written and, remarkably, it is non-partisan. In one evening's reading, you can finally understand the political system that has mystified you all your life.
This book is amazing. We were learning and taking action alongside our children--all together as this book illuminates so much that we all should know. It's an amazing read--and it's not just a read, but a DO!! An actionable book that speaks and inspires the truth. A must-read for all students...and Americans
This book is aimed at middle-grade readers, but is a terrific resource for adults as well. Information is easy to understand without being overly simplified. After reading it I'm feeling better informed, and encouraged to get more involved in making our democracy work.