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It's Even Worse Than It Looks

Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

Basic Books

c/o Perseus Books Group

250 W. 57th St., 15th Floor, New York NY 10107

9780465031337, $26.00,

IT'S EVEN WORSE THAN IT LOOKS: HOW THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM COLLIDED WITH THE NEW POLITICS OF EXTREMISM examines today's political gridlock in Washington DC and uses research and insights to consider how partisan politics and law have led to a stranglehold on political process. From adversarial political parties and a governing system that makes it difficult for majorities to act to key historical points that have contributed to this moment in history, this is a solid examination of political process and its current flaws, and is a solid pick for any political collection.

The Little Blue Book

George Lakoff and Elisabeth Wehling

Free Press

1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020

9781476700014, $11.00,

The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic offers Democrats language to communicate their moral values clearly, discussing the underlying issues of our time from the economy to food policy and offering in-depth analysis of the ways that extreme conservative positions have permeated political discourse. It teaches the basics of how to fight back on moral grounds and provides Democrats and progressives alike with new ways of thinking about political discourse, and is a key acquisition for any political studies shelf.

The Tea Party

Ronald P. Formisano

Johns Hopkins University Press

2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21218

9781421405964, $19.95,

THE TEA PARTY: A BRIEF HISTORY provides a fine survey of the Tea Party's politics, history, and the movement's agenda and influence, and is a pick for any American history and politics collection. Couched in a small book is an entire review of the Tea Party's history and basic principles, offering surveys of it leaders and their contentions and ideals. The result is a fine and easy introduction to a brand new party and its concepts, recommended for any general collection strong in American history and politics.

China and Coexistence

Liselotte Odgaard

Woodrow Wilson Center Press

c/o Johns Hopkins University Press

2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21218

9781421405636, $45.00,

CHINA AND COEXISTENCE: BEIJING'S NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY provides college-level collections with an in-depth coverage of China's program of peaceful coexistence and suggests that the nation's policy of working with the international community is a way seeking greater influence and power without military costs and involvement. Associate Professor Odgaard examines the history of the idea of peaceful coexistence in early Soviet doctrine, how it was adopted by China, and how it has influenced China's role in border disputes and involvement in international politics as a whole. The result is a powerful survey highly recommended for any serious collection on China's politics and place in the world.

A Capitalism for the People

Luigi Zingales

Basic Books

c/o Perseus Books Group

250 W. 57th St., 15th Floor, New York NY 10107

9780465029471, $26.99,

A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity outlines a blueprint for recovering the democratic process and considers connections between government, business interests, and populist anger over corruption and elitism. The author grew up in Italy where nepotism routinely rules: his is a call for action as he observes elements of his country's sad political process infecting the once-operational democracy of America. The solution, he maintains, is a rethinking of traditional political categories overall. Chapters focus on solutions to problems in this recommended pick for any political studies collection.

Fuel on the Fire

Greg Muttitt

The New Press

38 Green Street, 4th floor

New York, NY 10013

9782595588050, $28.95,

FUEL ON THE FIRE: OIL AND POLITICS IN OCCUPIED IRAQ comes from an investigative journalist who provides keys to understanding an underground conflict shaking the nation. It features hundreds of unreleased government documents, extensive interviews with senior American, British and Iraqi officials, and connections between Iraq's experience and that of surrounding nations. It's a story of oil politics at its worst, corruption, and special interests policies that dominate national interests, and it's a vivid account of the Iraqi people highly recommended for any Middle Eastern collection.

Asia's Unknown Uprisings V. 1

George Katsiaficas

PM Press

PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623

9781604864571, $28.95,

Asia's Unknown Uprisings V. 1: South Korean social Movements in the 20th Century provides a powerful compendium of Asian politics and history and uses social movements as a starting point to survey the lesser-known history of, in this case, 20th century Korea. It focuses on the Gwangji Uprising and considers Korean experiences and possible Asian and global social movements using its example, considering local conflicts and relationships to Korea as a whole. This volume was ten years in the making and offers a study that analyzes similar uprisings in nine other places in Asia from the Philippines to China and Nepal. Photos, graphs and charts make this a top pick!
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