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Shenkman (Presidential Ambition) makes the provocative argument that as American voters have gained political power in the last 50 years, they have become increasingly ignorant of politics and world affairs—and dangerously susceptible to manipulation. The book provides a litany of depressing statistics—most Americans cannot name their representatives in Congress, only 20% hold a passport, 30% cannot identify the Holocaust—as Shenkman inquires whether Americans are capable of voting in the nation's or even their own best interests. Although Shenkman clearly derives some pleasure in pointing out the stupidity and irrationality of the American public, his concern is genuine and heartfelt. In lucid, playful prose, he illustrates how politicians have repeatedly misled voters and analyzes the dumbing down of American politics via marketing, spin machines and misinformation. Shenkman initiates an important conversation in this book and makes welcome suggestions to reinvigorate civic responsibility and provide people with the knowledge and tools necessary to efficaciously participate in the political process. (June)
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"New York Observer"
"Slender, lively and highly accessible ....it tackles one of the weightiest problems troubling American public life"
Excellent book, explains just how stupid the collective "we" are as voters. Very scary to ponder, regardless of party or slant.Published 20 months ago by William Kaberlein
Nobody can be this dumb or stupid. America is a deep hypocrisy. Americans are in a deep trance. Americans are grotesque liars who will believe absurd nonsense. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stephen A Miller
I've said it about his other books, but Shenkman is a bathroom book genius. Quick, funny, interesting tidbits for a quick bathroom break. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JS
Truly an insightful book about why the poor and uneducated support politicians and policies that are really against their own best interests.Published 20 months ago by Falconlady
I have to confess that I only got through half of this. It just was not compelling enough a narrative and I really though the authors fixated too much on politics. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alexander E. Paulsen
This is a rather nice summary of democracy's imperfections. I have long suspected that in its present form it may not become the ultimate evolutionary structure of governance. Read morePublished 23 months ago by H. Peter Nennhaus
Very interesting. I got this book for my political science class. The cover is smooth and matte. No complains. Great.Published on October 3, 2013 by Natalia
There are so many things identified in this book that I realize are true but I never thought of before.Published on August 27, 2013 by Stephen Wineteer
Easy read, and lots of valuable info gained. Sherman laid down facts rather than flooding with bias opinions, have fun y'all!Published on July 30, 2013 by yeah, I'm her