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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312243162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312243166
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An engaging book . . . I enthusiastically recommended A Reason to Vote for courses in American politics, legislative studies, and party politics."--Carol M. Swain, Ph.D., Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

"In this startling and well-researched book, Robert Roth documents the creeping decline of American democracy in the last half-century."--Harvey Brooks, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"I consider it to be one of the most important books of the late twentieth century. It infuriated me, and it enlightened me. The Natural Law Party is the mechanism of political choice for the next decade." --Neale Donald Walsch, author of The New York Times bestselling Conservations with God

"Third parties have contributed huge ideas to American politics, from the abolition of slavery, to a woman's right to vote, to child-labor laws. A Reason to Vote give us the information we need to bring third parties back to center stage."--Marianne Williamson, author of The Healing of America

"A brilliant and provocative book which argues impressively that the America envisioned by our nation's founders can be realized through the Natural Law Party. This is must reading for our democracy to thrive."--Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., author of Healing Anxiety Naturally

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"Third parties have contributed huge ideas to American politics, from the abolition of slavery, to a woman's right to vote.... A Reason to Vote gives us the information that we need to bring third parties back to the center stage." --Marianne Williamson, author of The Healing of America

"I consider it to be one of the most important books of the late 20th century. It infuriated me, and it enlightened me. The Natural Law Party is the mechanism of political choice for the next decade." --Neale Donald Walsch, author of The New York Times bestselling Conversations With God

"A brilliant and provocative book which argues impressively that the America envisioned by our nation's founders can be realized through the Natural Law Party. This is must reading for our democracy to thrive." --Harold Bloomfield, Ph.D., author of Healing Anxiety with Herbs

"In this startling and well-researched book, Robert Roth documents the creeping decline of American democracy in the last half-century." --Harvey Brooks, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"An engaging book...I enthusiastically recommend A Reason to Vote for courses in American politics, legislative studies, and party politics." --Carol M. Swain, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and author of Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress

"For a better tomorrow we desperately want and need visionary leaders with new ideas, hopes, and possibilities to make it work now! A Reason to Vote teaches and gives that alternative." --Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series


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I will fight for The Natural Law Party because of all that it stands for.
Brian Brogan
The book is easy to read and interesting enough to hold your attention.
Frederic D. Byrne

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Roger Pelizzari on December 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Abe Lincoln once called America, "the last best hope" for the world. Robert Roth's A REASON TO VOTE may well be the last best hope for America and the world. The bottom line -- even if you've given up on the mud, blood, and influence peddling of politics, this book will send you running back to the voting booth.
Roth's personal and powerful first person narration leaps off the page. As press secretary for the NLP, the fastest growing new political party in America, he has stood on the front lines of third-party battles to reclaim democracy and access to the ballot and the debates. He unmasks our democracy to be the most exclusionary and undemocratic of any on earth.
"How tough is it for third parties? As Richard Winger [America's leading authority on third-parties] said, in most states, Republicans and Democrats have written the laws that grant themselves automatic access to the ballot. On the other hand, in 1998, a new party must collect over 5 million valid signatures to run a full slate of candidates nationwide."
This is only the first hurdle in an obstacle course built by the two major parties, and supported by the mainstream press. We hear harrowing experiences of volunteers who, in 1996, in the face of unconstitutional opposition from the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Election Commission, and the courts (whose members are either Democrats or Republicans) achieved ballot access for NLP candidates in fifty states. We share in their exhilaration and confidence that it is possible to meet the challenge of a nation in transitiion.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sundareshvar on October 26, 1999
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"A Reason to Vote" opened my eyes to the state of our democracy, and how we the people have been denied any substantive choice of leaders by the crushing two-party system and by the tyranny of special interest lobbies. However, more important than exposing the problems, Mr. Roth offers a practical solution that empowers his readers to turn around the deplorable state of politics and government in the USA: The Natural Law Party. "A Reason to Vote" is so powerful it has even inspired me, a person who could be described as usually apolitical, to join the Natural Law Party and run for office!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian Brogan on April 5, 2000
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I am 41 years old, and have been on a self growth and spiritual path for most of my life. I feel that I have attained a comfortable level. I have recently felt the urge to give something back to society - As with most people I have been disgusted with politics and the two headed monster goverment/corporation. So getting involved politically was not an option, I felt the republican, democrat elite were too entrenched to make changes untill I read this book. It has changed me. I will fight for The Natural Law Party because of all that it stands for. It doesn't matter if it's a loosing battle, because I think the war will eventually be won. The NLP is the healthiest, soulfull, holistic approach we humans can take to heal this country - when we win other countries will follow. If we don't win in my time at least I will be happy with my self - 88 years old with only memories of a noble endeavour. This book changed my life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2000
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The importance of this book can't be overstated. You will learn about the deplorable state of American democracy and be infuriated. But you will also learn about what can be done and be motivated to be part of the solution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederic D. Byrne on November 18, 2000
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I must admit that I have just recently purchased the book during the election campaign off the Natural Law Party's website to help me learn more about the party. Instead I am learning more than I bargained for. Not only is the Natural Law Party covered but also the 3rd Party movement in general and the importance they have and continue to play in our country's history.
After the debacle this last election has turned out to be and the governments continued deaf ear to our need for fresh ideas I have already ordered enough for my family and friends. Although definitely a different twist to my ordinary holiday purchases I think this one could be the most useful.
The book is easy to read and interesting enough to hold your attention. Big party politicians may not want you to hear the message given by this book because there will be competition for their positions but every disheartened voter needs this book to help show them that there is hope.
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