Best Local U.S. Politics Books

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1. Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy

Author: by Andy Ngo
English
320 pages
154605958X

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Now a #1 National Bestseller! A journalist who’s been attacked by Antifa writes a deeply researched and reported account of the group’s history and tactics. When Andy Ngo was attacked in the streets by Antifa in the summer of 2019, most people assumed it was an isolated incident.

But those who’d been following Ngo’s reporting in outlets like the New York Post and Quillette knew that the attack was only the latest in a long line of crimes perpetrated by Antifa. In Unmasked, Andy Ngo tells the story of this violent extremist movement from the very beginning.

He includes interviews with former followers of the group, people who’ve been attacked by them, and incorporates stories from his own life. This book contains a trove of documents obtained by the author, published for the first time ever.


2. Discrimination and Disparities

Author: by Thomas Sowell
Basic Books
English
320 pages

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An enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell’s brilliant examination of the origins of economic disparitiesEconomic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been offered for the differences. Some believe that those with less fortunate outcomes are victims of genetics.

Others believe that those who are less fortunate are victims of the more fortunate. Discrimination and Disparities gathers a wide array of empirical evidence to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, be it discrimination, exploitation, or genetics.

This revised and enlarged edition also analyzes the human consequences of the prevailing social vision of these disparities and the policies based on that vision-from educational disasters to widespread crime and violence.


3. THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK: a reporter's true tale

Author: by Seth Barron
English
304 pages
1630061875

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Seth Barron has covered New York for a very long time. He has a new book The Last Days of New York. The title says it all. TUCKER CARLSON “A must read. BRIAN KILMEADE, host of Fox & Friends “In this gripping new book, Seth Barron warns the city may not recover from the preening, disastrous incompetence of Mayor de Blasio.” RAY KELLY, Police Commissioner of New York City “Barron cuts through the noise and provides a devastating account of a city’s decline under the delusional leadership of socialists and con men.

GREG KELLY, host of Newsmax Greg Kelly Reports BILL DE BLASIO SET THE STAGE FOR THE RUIN OF NEW YORK CITY THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK: a reporter’s true tale tells the story of how a corrupted political system hollowed out New York City, leaving it especially vulnerable, all in the name of equity and fairness.

When, in the future, people ask how New York City fell to pieces, they can be toldquoting Hemingwaygradually, then suddenly. New Yorkers awoke from a slumber of ease and prosperity to discover that their glorious city was not only unprepared for crisis, but that the underpinnings of its fortune had been gutted by the reckless mismanagement of Bill de Blasio and the progressive political machine that elevated him to power.


4. Governing States and Localities

Author: by Kevin B. Smith
CQ Press
English
584 pages

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The trusted and proven Governing States and Localities guides you through the contentious environment of state and local politics and focuses on the role that economic and budget pressures play on issues facing state and local governments. With their engaging journalistic writing and crisp storytelling, Kevin B.

Smith and Alan Greenblatt employ a comparative approach to explain how and why states and localities are both similar and different. The Seventh Edition is thoroughly updated to account for such major developments as state vs. Federal conflicts over immigration reform, school shootings, and gun control; the impact of the Donald Trump presidency on intergovernmental relations and issues of central interest to states and localities; and the lingering effects of the Great Recession.


5. Governing Texas

Author: by Anthony Champagne
English
624 pages
0393680118

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The #1 package for thinking critically about the past, present, and future of Texas politics The most trusted source for comprehensive coverage. The text and its groundbreaking InQuizitive course get students to think critically about recent political controversies. Students will analyze public opinion data with new What Do Texans Think?Features.

And a new chapter, Building the Future: Public Policies for a Changing Texas, asks students to grapple with the big issues that will shape the future of Texas political life: education, immigration, transportation, and water.


6. A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears)

Author: by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling
English
288 pages
1541788516

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A tiny American town’s plans for radical self-government overlooked one hairy detail: no one told the bears. Once upon a time, a group of libertarians got together and hatched the Free Town Project, a plan to take over an American town and completely eliminate its government.

In 2004, they set their sights on Grafton, NH, a barely populated settlement with one paved road. When they descended on Grafton, public funding for pretty much everything shrank: the fire department, the library, the schoolhouse. State and federal laws became meek suggestions, scarcely heard in the town’s thick wilderness.

The anything-goes atmosphere soon caught the attention of Grafton’s neighbors: the bears. Freedom-loving citizens ignored hunting laws and regulations on food disposal. They built a tent city in an effort to get off the grid. The bears smelled food and opportunity.

A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear is the sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying tale of what happens when a government disappears into the woods. Complete with gunplay, adventure, and backstabbing politicians, this is the ultimate story of a quintessential American experiment – to live free or die, perhaps from a bear.


7. The Little Book of Government: (Children's Book about Government, Introduction to Government and How It Works, Children, Kids Ages 3 10, Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade)

Author: by Zack Bush
English
39 pages
1735966525

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The Little Book of Government (Children’s Book About Government, Democracy, Laws, The Constitution, How Our Government Works, and The Three Branches of Government for Kids Ages 3 10, Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade)There are so many things to know about GOVERNMENTnot only what it is, but why it is so important.

And it is all explained in The Little Book of Government. This book for children provides a basic and easy-to-understand introduction to government and the role in plays in our society. Important concepts like democracy, freedom, and lawmaking are explained, along with an introduction to the role the Constitution plays in our government as well as our nation’s three branches of government.

With fun text, engaging illustrations, and interactive questions that make the reader think about the role government plays in their own lives, The Little Book of Government will become an essential title in every school and home library. The Little Book Of series introduces young kids to a wide range of ideas, activities, values, and emotions.


8. Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice

Author: by Jesse Hagopian
English
300 pages
1642592706

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Black Lives Matter at School is an essential resource for all those seeking to build an antiracist school system.”Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Black Lives Matter at School succinctly generalizes lessons from successful challenges to institutional racism that have been won through the Black Lives Matter at School movement.

This book will inspire many more educators and activists to join the Black Lives Matter at School movement at a moment when this antiracist work in our schools could not be more urgent and critical to education justice. Contributors include Opal Tometi, who wrote a moving foreword, Bettina Love who shares a powerful chapter on abolitionist teaching, Brian Jones who centers Black Lives Matter at School in the historical context of the ongoing struggle for racial justice in education and prominent teacher union leaders from Chicago to Los Angeles and beyond who discuss the importance of anti-racist struggle in education unions.


9. The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City

Author: by Destin Jenkins
English
320 pages
022672154X

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Indebtedness, like inequality, has become a ubiquitous condition in the United States. Yet few have probed American cities’ dependence on municipal debt or how the terms of municipal finance structure racial privileges, entrench spatial neglect, elide democratic input, and distribute wealth and power.

In this passionate and deeply researched book, Destin Jenkins shows in vivid detail how, beyond the borrowing decisions of American cities and beneath their quotidian infrastructure, there lurks a world of politics and finance that is rarely seen, let alone understood.

Focusing on San Francisco, The Bonds of Inequality offers a singular view of the postwar city, one where the dynamics that drove its creation encompassed not only local politicians but also banks, credit rating firms, insurance companies, and the national municipal bond market.

Moving between the local and the national, The Bonds of Inequality uncovers how racial inequalities in San Francisco were intrinsically tied to municipal finance arrangements and how these arrangements were central in determining the distribution of resources in the city.

10. Lone Star Politics: Tradition and Transformation in Texas

Author: by Ken Collier
CQ Press
English
600 pages

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In Texas, myth often clashes with the reality of everyday government. Explore the states rich political tradition with Lone Star Politics as this local author team explains who gets what and how. Utilizing the comparative method, Ken Collier, Steven Galatas, and Julie Harrelson-Stephens set Texas in context with other states constitutions, policymaking, electoral practices, and institutions as they delve into the evolution of its politics.

Critical thinking questions and unvarnished “Winners and Losers” discussions guide students toward understanding Texas government and assessing the states political landscape. The Sixth Edition expands its coverage on civil rights in the state, as well as contemporary issues highlighting the push-pull relationship between the state and federal and local governments.

11. The Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections

Author: by Catherine Shaw
Routledge
English
352 pages

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Everything you need to know about Vote by Mail! Successful campaign manager and three-term mayor of Ashland, Oregon, Catherine Shaw presents the must-have handbook for navigating local campaigns. This clear and concise handbook gives political novices and veterans alike a detailed, soup-to-nuts plan for organizing, funding, publicizing, and winning local political campaigns.

Finding the right message and targeting the right voters are clearly explained through specific examples, anecdotes, and illustrations. Shaw also provides in-depth information on assembling campaign teams and volunteers, canvassing, how to conduct a precinct analysis, and how to campaign on a shoestring budget.

The Campaign Manager is an encouraging, lucid presentation of how to win elections at the local level. The sixth edition has been fully revised to include new and expanded coverage of contemporary campaign management-from digital ads and new social media tools to data-driven voter targeting tactics and vote by mail strategies.

12. Accidental Politician

Author: by Adam Hattersley
English
312 pages
1736793233


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Adam Hattersley has always believed in service: service to country, service to others, service to community. But he honestly never expected that his desire to serve would lead him to politics. So, when approached to run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives, he was surprised and didn’t even know how to get on the ballot, much less how to find the money to win a race that had gone for the other party the previous two decades.

Some of what led to his being asked to run was that he spent eight years as a nuclear submarine officer in the United States Navy, had volunteered for an Army deployment during the height of the Iraq War, and received a Bronze Star in the process.

In addition, he was personable, smart, dedicated, and caring. In other words, he had potential. In his break-out book, Adam shares the hazards, lessons, and surprises he, his wife, and his campaign team experienced while running for a legislative office that he was most definitely not predicted to win.

13. Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities

Author: by Andre M. Perry
English
224 pages
0815737270

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The deliberate devaluation of Blacks and their communities has had very real, far-reaching, and negative economic and social effects. An enduring white supremacist myth claims brutal conditions in Black communities are mainly the result of Black people’s collective choices and moral failings.

That’s just how they are or there’s really no excuse: we’ve all heard those not so subtle digs. But there is nothing wrong with Black people that ending racism can’t solve. We haven’t known how much the country will gain by properly valuing homes and businesses, family structures, voters, and school districts in Black neighborhoods.

And we need to know. Noted educator, journalist, and scholar Andre Perry takes readers on a tour of six Black-majority cities whose assets and strengths are undervalued. Perry begins in his hometown of Wilkinsburg, a small city east of Pittsburgh that, unlike its much larger neighbor, is struggling and failing to attract new jobs and industry.

Bringing his own personal story of growing up in Black-majority Wilkinsburg, Perry also spotlights five others where he has deep connections: Detroit, Birmingham, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. He provides an intimate look at the assets that should be of greater value to residentsand that can be if they demand it.

14. Trust: America's Best Chance

Author: by Pete Buttigieg
Liveright
English
224 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn Trust, Pete Buttigieg demonstrates how trust will be essential in order to face the unique challenges of the decades ahead. Trust is essential to the foundation of America’s democracy, asserts Pete Buttigieg, the former presidential candidate and South Bend mayor.

Yet, in a century warped by terrorism, financial collapse, Trumpist populism, systemic racism, and now a global pandemic, trust has been squandered, sacrificed, abused, stolen, or never properly built in the first place. And now, more so than ever before, Americans must work side by side to reckon with the monumental challenges posed by our present moment.

Interweaving history, political philosophy, and affecting passages of memoir, Buttigieg explores the strong relationship between measures of prosperity and levels of social trust. He provides an impassioned account of a threefold crisis of trust: in our institutions, in each other, and in the American project itself.

Today, these perilous patterns of distrust have wreaked havoc on nearly every sector of society, as Americans increasingly resent the very government that needs to be part of the solution. With the internet and partisan television networks acting as accelerants, Americans jettison any sense of shared reality, lose confidence in experts and scientists, and cope with the grim national tragedy of a pandemic that has only further exemplified the lethality of distrust.

15. Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America

Author: by Laurie Kaye Abraham
English
304 pages
022662370X

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North Lawndale, a neighborhood that lies in the shadows of Chicago’s Loop, is surrounded by some of the city’s finest medical facilities, Yet, it is one of the sickest, most medically underserved communities in the country. Mama Might Be Better Off Dead immerses readers in the lives of four generations of a poor, African-American family in the neighborhood, who are beset with the devastating illnesses that are all too common in America’s inner-cities.

Headed by Jackie Banes, who oversees the care of a diabetic grandmother, a husband on kidney dialysis, an ailing father, and three children, the Banes family contends with countless medical crises. From visits to emergency rooms and dialysis units, to trials with home care, to struggles for Medicaid eligibility, Laurie Kaye Abraham chronicles their accessor more often, lack thereofto medical care.

Told sympathetically but without sentimentality, their story reveals an inadequate health care system that is further undermined by the direct and indirect effects of poverty. Both disturbing and illuminating, Mama Might Be Better Off Dead is an unsettling, profound look at the human face of health care in America.

16. Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities

Author: by Jessica Trounstine
English
282 pages
1108454984

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Segregation by Design draws on more than 100 years of quantitative and qualitative data from thousands of American cities to explore how local governments generate race and class segregation. Starting in the early twentieth century, cities have used their power of land use control to determine the location and availability of housing, amenities (such as parks), and negative land uses (such as garbage dumps).

The result has been segregation – first within cities and more recently between them. Documenting changing patterns of segregation and their political mechanisms, Trounstine argues that city governments have pursued these policies to enhance the wealth and resources of white property owners at the expense of people of color and the poor.

Contrary to leading theories of urban politics, local democracy has not functioned to represent all residents. The result is unequal access to fundamental local services – from schools, to safe neighborhoods, to clean water.