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Politics For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Ann DeLaney
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Book Description

Whether you understand politics or not, it still affects your life in very real ways. But American politics can be confusing. What’s a caucus? How do primaries work? How can you sift through all the babble to get to the truth?

Politics For Dummies offers all these answers and more. And it’s not just for political novices; even those with a firm understanding of politics can use this book to fill out their knowledge of the little complexities – from how the Electoral College works to campaign contribution limits. If you have little or no knowledge of politics, don’t worry. Most people need answers just like you do, that’s why this book helps you:

  • Pick the candidate who best represents your views
  • Donate time or money to a campaign
  • Let your representatives know how you feel
  • Run for office yourself

This simple, friendly guide offers the kind of straight talk on politics you won’t get from a politician. It covers the nuts and bolts of the political process so you’ll have a working knowledge of the system. It shows you how to get involved at the grass-roots level and explains the rationale behind the two-party system. It helps you parse the propaganda to get at the truth and offers a complete explanation of presidential politics. Politics For Dummies covers these topics and many more:

  • How public opinion polls work
  • How money influences policy
  • Why your opinion really does count
  • How to donate to political campaigns and causes
  • Contacting your representatives
  • Politics on the Internet
  • Choosing parties and candidates
  • Lobbyists and special interest groups
  •  How candidates sell themselves
  • How negative campaigning works
  • What happened in the 2000 presidential election

You’ll also find fun and helpful extras like famous political quotes, the ten things you should teach your children about politics, and voting requirements for every state. Democracy won’t work for if you don’t participate in it. So pick up Politics For Dummies, get informed, and get involved. Your country will thank you!

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From the Back Cover

"Provides useful insights into the often mysterious world of politics."
—The Honorable Evan Bayh, United States Senator from Indiana

Discover how just one vote can make a difference

Politics made simple–from choosing candidates to lobbying for legislation

Confused by caucuses, primaries, and pollsters? Puzzled by the various parties and special interest groups? This fun and easy guide cuts through the political jargon and provides clear up-to-date details about everything from legislation to polls to presidential elections–and explains how you can become a political player yourself.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

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About the Author

Ann DeLaney is the first woman to be nominated by a major party as a candidate for lieutenant governor of Indiana. She has also served as commissioner of the Marion Superior Court.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1819 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764508873
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (March 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shallow, but certainly not biased February 28, 2002
By A Customer
There are a lot of people who decried this book as biased, but perhaps they just didn't like what they read. There were some things in this book that could be construed as pro-democrat, but there were certainly pro-republican parts as well.
While some people don't like to think about the demographics of certain parties, it is an important part of politics, and the truth of the matter is that you can largely break down this country demographically and come up with largely consistant voting patterns. This book simply points that out - sorry if some people don't like that - and then yell about bias, since they don't like who they are grouped with.
While I would agree that political philosophies are the most important things to be concerned about, demographic breakdowns are helpful to let the reader now how those "values" are played out in the political arena, and who they tend to benefit.
However, this book is a book for dummies, and therefore only goes into politics very superficially. But, that is most likely what you want - a very basic overview, not an indepth anaylsis of each party's details.
So, I say, buy this relatively analytically shallow, but very fair book. Its nice for those of you who want to start getting more informed about the politics of the nation.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Book October 5, 2000
This book is a great introduction into political participation. It is written in simple language (as should be inferred from the title) and provides a fairly clear map for anyone who is interested in ACTIVE participation in politics. If you are interested in overcoming the American political apathy, buy this book.
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125 of 163 people found the following review helpful
Having only read the first few chapters, I was somewhat hesitant to submit a review for this book. Ultimately I decided that, notwithstanding, I had some worthwhile comments to put forward which may be of use to other potential readers.

Politics is a topic to which I have devoted little energy throughout my life. If the key issues in an election are gay marriage and abortion, then the significant societal issues affecting the majority of people would appear to be under control. Accordingly I have found myself ambivalent as to the outcome of most elections in mature democracies, such as in the USA. I consider this to be the ultimate victory of democracy. However my apathy for the subject lead me to the realisation that I was grossly ignorant of the structures and systems of centralised authority, to which we are all subject, and that I should read a book on the subject to set that straight.

Politics for Dummies was my obvious first choice. I have used the Dummies series for various topics in the past, and have always appreciated their clear, well-illustrated and user friendly lay-out. Their comprehensive approach to a subject, starting with fundamentals for the novice and building therefrom, while simultaneously providing a ready reference book through their thorough indexes and tables of content, put them in a class of their own. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with this offering for the following reasons:

1. The book is incorrectly titled. Politics is a global phenomenon , and any `dummies' primer on the topic should necessarily present its material from a global perspective. I am not a US resident, so my views and expectations may differ from those of the majority of readers and reviewers, yet I stand by my point.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, despite being very simple at times March 26, 2007
A Kid's Review
First of all, I didn't get this book from Amazon, so I was forced to write this review without an account. I borrowed this book from my local library. I am not actually under thirteen, if that matters at all.

On to the book. The book begins with a very basic overview of how the government works. You should probably have some basic knowledge of the legislative branch and executive branch in the United States (for which the book is written, if you live outside the US, sorry, but this probably isn't for you). Once you know this, this book explains in very plain language the politics surrounding elections. The book explains why candidates make actions, who has the largest impact on official descisions, what you can do to help candidates and much more. It doesn't go that in-depth on the topic, but if you want to learn about politics just to get a better of elections and such, this is definitely for you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For beginners July 28, 2003
You have to remember that this is "for dummies". This is really a beginners introduction to politics. For those who already have an understanding of it, there is no need to read this book. After reading the book, I got the impression that the author herself did not have enough political experience to write a book on politics, even for people new to the subject. Really just basic information that anyone could learn simply by watching cspan a few times and watching the news regularly. The book can also become sidetracked and go off topic with its side-subjects, and its sybols can be hard to remember and are often misplaced. Again, only for beginners and not for people with prior knowledge of the subject.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good "alternative" civics text March 12, 2001
While cloyingly oversimplistic at times (there is little mention or contact information for third parities) this is a wonderful tool for the American citizen.
Although much has been written on the apathy of the American public, this book makes it clear that it is the format of the information that tends to make people uninterested in politics. Wisely, the authors perpetually drive home the point that every citizen has the potential to change the system and their voice really does matter.
Also of interest is a voter registration card (check with the index to see what regulations govern it in your state) so readers who have not already done so can register to vote and immediately begin participation in the political process.
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Published 20 days ago by Hunter Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is NOT for Dummies
I bought this book blindly because it was a "Dummies" brand and expected to be treated as such but this author assumes far too much out of the reader. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Aleshia Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Politics for Dummies Lacking
This book is great for novices, but is lacking in the reality of party strategies that seem to run government. Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by Chris N. Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting view on politics.
Interesting book with a simpler view on politics making it easier for all to understand. It starts with the basics and works it's way up. Read more
Published on December 4, 2010 by seanyman's mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informational!
Book was in great condition and at a great price but shipping took a little longer than expected.
Published on September 21, 2010 by mindilouu
2.0 out of 5 stars A really bad read
I'm really disappointed in this book and would not recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the basics of politics. Read more
Published on November 19, 2008 by Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Political Tool
Right now Sarah Palin is using this most adequate political tool preparing for her debate against Joe Biden. After tomorrow evening (10/02/2008) we'll see how it worked.
Published on October 1, 2008 by P. Babineaux
4.0 out of 5 stars Is was fine
I thought this book was informative and easy to read. I was happy with the purchase and the shipping time especially for the price.
Published on September 13, 2008 by andrea l
5.0 out of 5 stars Politics for Dummies
Haven't read the whole thing, but so far it has been very simple to understand and read.
Published on January 9, 2007 by Lindsay Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job
Good job getting merchandise to me in great condition. Would buy again.
Published on June 29, 2006 by servant
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