Best United States Local Government Books
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1. Discrimination and Disparities
Author: by Thomas Sowell
Published at: Basic Books; Enlarged edition (March 5, 2019)
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.
2. Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America
Author: by Stacey Abrams
Published at: Henry Holt and Co. (June 9, 2020)
From New York Times bestselling author of Lead From The Outside and political leader Stacey Abrams, a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country. “With each page, she inspires and empowers us to create systems that reflect a world in which all voices are heard and all people believe and feel that they matter.” Kerry WashingtonA recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack.
Abrams would have been the first African American woman governor, but experienced these effects firsthand, despite running the most innovative race in modern politics as the Democratic nominee in Georgia. Abrams didn’t win, but she has not conceded. The book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadership.
3. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
Author: by Colin Woodard
Published at: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 25, 2012)
A New Republic Best Book of the Year The Globalist Top Books of the Year Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction Particularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven nations that continue to shape North AmericaAccording to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots.
In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future.
From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard (author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good) reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in the composition of the U.S.
4. White Rage
Author: by Carol Anderson
Published at: Bloomsbury Adult; Reprint edition (September 5, 2017)
National Book Critics Circle Award WinnerNew York Times BestsellerA New York Times Notable Book of the YearA Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the YearA Boston Globe Best Book of 2016A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016From the Civil War to our combustible present, White Rage reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America-now in paperback with a new afterword by the author, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson.
As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as black rage, historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in The Washington Post suggesting that this was, instead, “white rage at work.
With so much attention on the flames,” she argued, “everyone had ignored the kindling.” Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains.
5. Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite
Author: by Peter Schweizer
Published at: Harper (January 21, 2020)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWashington insiders operate by a proven credo: when a Peter Schweizer book drops, duck and brace for impact. For over a decade, the work of five-time New York Times bestselling investigative reporter Peter Schweizer has sent shockwaves through the political universe.
Clinton Cash revealed the Clintons’ international money flow, exposed global corruption, and sparked an FBI investigation. Secret Empires exposed bipartisan corruption and launched congressional investigations. And Throw Them All Out and Extortion prompted passage of the STOCK Act. Indeed, Schweizer’s follow the money bombshell revelations have been featured on the front pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and regularly appear on national news programs, including 60 Minutes.
Now Schweizer and his team of seasoned investigators turn their focus to the nation’s top progressivespoliticians who strive to acquire more government power to achieve their political ends. Can they be trusted with more power? In Profiles in Corruption, Schweizer offers a deep-dive investigation into the private finances, and secrets deals of some of America’s top political leaders.
6. Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York
Author: by Matt Palumbo
Published at: Post Hill Press (February 23, 2021)
Thanks to the policies of Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, the glory days of the Empire State and the Big Apple are long behind them. In America’s early days, most immigrants entered America through New York. For many, New York was synonymous with America and the American dream itselfa beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
Now, for the first time ever, people are fleeing New York by the millions. Plagued by high taxes, big government, excessive regulations, and other obstacles to liberty, there are few reasons for one to want to remain in the state under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership.
And in New York City, which houses nearly half of the state’s population, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been doing everything in his power to accelerate the decline and bring the city back to its preRudy-Giuliani days.
7. Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends
Author: by Peter Schweizer
Published at: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 26, 2019)
#1 New York Times Bestseller! Peter Schweizer has been fighting corruptionand winningfor years. In Throw Them All Out, he exposed insider trading by members of Congress, leading to the passage of the STOCK Act. In Extortion, he uncovered how politicians use mafia-like tactics to enrich themselves.
And in Clinton Cash, he revealed the Clintons’ massive money machine and sparked an FBI investigation. Now he explains how a new corruption has taken hold, involving larger sums of money than ever before. Stuffing tens of thousands of dollars into a freezer has morphed into multibillion-dollar equity deals done in the dark corners of the world.
An American bank opening in China would be prohibited by US law from hiring a slew of family members of top Chinese politicians. However, a Chinese bank opening in America can hire anyone it wants. It can even invite the friends and families of American politicians to invest in can’t-lose deals.
President Donald Trump’s children have made front pages across the world for their dicey transactions. However, the media has barely looked into questionable deals made by those close to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Mitch McConnell, and lesser-known politicians who have been in the game longer.
8. The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska
Author: by John W. DeCamp
Published at: A W T, Incorporated; 2nd edition (August 16, 2011)
The shut-down of Omaha, Nebraska’s Franklin Community Federal Credit Union, raided by federal agencies in November 1988, sent shock waves all the way to Washington, D.C. $40 million was missing. The credit union’s manager: Republican Party activist Lawrence E. “Larry” King, Jr., behind whose rise to fame and riches stood powerful figures in Nebraska politics and business, and in the nation’s capital.
In the face of opposition from local and state law enforcement, from the FBI, and from the powerful Omaha World-Herald newspaper, a special Franklin committee of the Nebraska Legislature launched its own probe. What looked like a financial swindle, soon exploded into a hideous tale of drugs, Iran-Contra money-laundering, a nationwide child abuse ring, and ritual murder.
Nineteen months later, the legislative committee’s chief investigator died – suddenly, and violently, like more than a dozen other people linked to the Franklin case. Author John DeCamp knows the Franklin scandal from the inside. In 1990, his “DeCamp memo” first publicly named the alleged high-ranking abusers.
9. Understanding the Arizona Constitution
Author: by Toni McClory
Published at: University of Arizona Press; Second edition (November 15, 2010)
Arizona became the nation’s 48th state in 1912 and since that time the Arizona constitution has served as the template by which the state is governed. Toni McClory’s Understanding the Arizona Constitution has offered insight into the inner workings and interpretations of the documentand the government that it establishedfor almost a decade.
Since the book’s first publication, significant constitutional changes have occurred, some even altering the very structure of state government itself. There have been dramatic veto battles, protracted budget wars, and other interbranch conflicts that have generated landmark constitutional rulings from the state courts.
The new edition of this handy reference addresses many of the latest issues, including legislative term limits, Arizona’s new redistricting system, educational issues, like the controversial school voucher program, and the influence of special-interest money in the legislature. A total of 63 propositions have reached the ballot, spawning heated controversies over same-sex marriage, immigration, and other hot-button social issues.
10. Grounded: A Senator's Lessons on Winning Back Rural America
Author: by Jon Tester
Published at: Ecco; Illustrated edition (September 15, 2020)
An inspiring and eye-opening memoir showing how Democrats can reconnect with rural and red-state voters, from Montana’s three-term democratic senatorSenator Jon Tester is a rare voice in Congress. He is the only United States senator who manages a full-time job outside of the Senateas a farmer.
But what has really come to distinguish Tester in the Senate is his commitment to accountability, his ability to stand up to Donald Trump, and his success in, time and again, winning red state voters back to the Democratic Party.
In Grounded, Tester shares his early life, his rise in the Democratic party, his vision for helping rural America, and his strategies for reaching red state voters. Leaning deeply into lessons on the value of authenticity and hard work that he learned growing up on his family’s 1,800-acre farm near the small town of Big Sandy, Montanathe same farm he continues to work today with his wife, SharlaTester has made his political career a testament to crossing the divides of class and geography.
11. Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States (Studies in Postwar American Political Development)
Author: by Leah Cardamore Stokes
Published at: Oxford University Press (April 15, 2020)
In 1999, Texas passed a landmark clean energy law, beginning a groundswell of new policies that promised to make the US a world leader in renewable energy. As Leah Stokes shows in Short Circuiting Policy, however, that policy did not lead to momentum in Texas, which failed to implement its solar laws or clean up its electricity system.
Examining clean energy laws in Texas, Kansas, Arizona, and Ohio over a thirty-year time frame, Stokes argues that organized combat between advocate and opponent interest groups is central to explaining why states are not on track to address the climate crisis.
She tells the political history of our energy institutions, explaining how fossil fuel companies and electric utilities have promoted climate denial and delay. Stokes further explains the limits of policy feedback theory, showing the ways that interest groups drive retrenchment through lobbying, public opinion, political parties and the courts.
More than a history of renewable energy policy in modern America, Short Circuiting Policy offers a bold new argument about how the policy process works, and why seeming victories can turn into losses when the opposition has enough resources to roll back laws.
12. 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
Published at: Publishing Power LLC (December 8, 2020)
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.
13. THE FOUNDERS' SPEECH TO A NATION IN CRISIS: What the Founders would say to America today.
Author: by Steven Rabb
Published at: Liberty For All Publishers (October 15, 2020)
In a work described as a timely reminder of what makes America great and a single source for the understanding of America’s Founding, and reviews such as I couldn’t put this book down!What a resource. I ordered a case for my local politicians, author Steven Rabb has created a powerful read through the synergized writings of America’s Founding Fathers.
Through the words of the Founders, Mr. Rabb has demonstrated with amazing clarity the relevance of America’s founding ideals and their resonance for our nation today. Framing the work as a reunion between the Founders in contemporary America, Mr. Rabb gives voice to their views on modern-day issues covering everything from religious liberty and the rule of law to freedom of speech and the threat tyranny poses still today.
The Founders’ Speech to a Nation in Crisis is a tapestry of the Founders’ own words written in ten chapters and woven into a single, powerful speech to America. In the first few chapters, we are reminded of the God-given rights of man along with the virtues and duties required in a people who seek to retain them.
14. God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
Author: by Lawrence Wright
Published at: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Reprint edition (March 5, 2019)
A New York Times Notable BookNational Book Critics Circle Award FinalistAn NPR Best Book of the YearGod Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state, but the cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation.
Oil is still king, but Texas now leads California in technology exports. Low taxes and minimal regulation have produced extraordinary growth, but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. Bringing together the historical and the contemporary, the political and the personal, Texas native Lawrence Wright gives us a colorful, wide-ranging portrait of a state that not only reflects our country as it is, but as it may becomeand shows how the battle for Texas’s soul encompasses us all.
15. Governing Texas (Fourth Edition)
Author: by Anthony Champagne
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Fourth edition (June 10, 2019)
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.
16. Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction
Author: by Kate Masur
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company (March 23, 2021)
A groundbreaking history of the movement for equal rights that courageously battled racist laws and institutions, Northern and Southern, in the decades before the Civil War. The half-century before the Civil War was beset with conflict over equality as well as freedom.
Beginning in 1803, many free states enacted laws that discouraged free African Americans from settling within their boundaries and restricted their rights to testify in court, move freely from place to place, work, vote, and attend public school. But over time, African American activists and their white allies, often facing mob violence, courageously built a movement to fight these racist laws.
They countered the states’ insistences that states were merely trying to maintain the domestic peace with the equal-rights promises they found in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They were pastors, editors, lawyers, politicians, ship captains, and countless ordinary men and women, and they fought in the press, the courts, the state legislatures, and Congress, through petitioning, lobbying, party politics, and elections.