American democracy can be...messy, sometimes. With all the voices and commentaries around us, making sense of the American democratic tradition may seem overwhelming. This collection of books will help. With these Quick and Dirty Guides, you will be that much closer to sifting through the noise being an informed citizen. They are non-partisan and honest (if a bit cynical); just the kind of balanced information you're looking for.
"A comprehensive book about elections"
In this clear and concise text Chris Bartlett provides direct explanations for how to use and interpret vocabulary like "queer", "transgender", and "intersex". Writing to those who are unsure of how to talk about alternative sexualities and gender, the author uses case studies and historical examples to unpack this often misused and misunderstood vocabulary.
However improbable it may seem, the man who brought you Celebrity Apprentice and the world's most famous comb-over might become president. The alternative is a scandal-ridden Hillary Clinton-run America, where she spends four years "forgetting" about Benghazi and how e-mail works. If you're one of the many who are tempted to bury your head in the sand, why not bury your toes into the sandy beaches of an exotic country instead?
The Quick and Dirty Guide to the Brexit Vote answers the fundamental questions of what the EU is to Britain, why the UK has always had a contentious relationship with the EU, and what the main arguments are for staying and leaving. Don't be left out of the conversation as one of the innovators of democracy gives its citizens the chance to determine their country's future.
The Quick and Dirty Guide team is proud to present our guide to electing the president. So you've managed to win your party's primary election and been nominated to be the most powerful person on earth! Congratulations, but let's talk about what comes next. The road to becoming the president of the United States is long and complicated. Our Founding Fathers liked things that way, too! This guide will explain the ins and outs of how to get elected president.
"Excellent primer on Presidential election process"
This book examines, in our own Quick and Dirty way, the responsibilities and history of the Court. The Court began as a body that mostly considered procedural issues and has grown into the organ of government that has expanded marriage rights to homosexuals, deliberates on the rights of citizens to own deadly weapons, and even chose the president in 2000.
It is now 120 years after the first modern Olympic Games, and the tradition is as strong as ever. Over 200 countries and 10,000 athletes will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Games. The ancient host city of Olympia may have crumbled to dust, but the Olympics capture the attention of the world like no other event. But how much do you know about this esteemed affair - both its ancient origin and its modern incarnation - and the downright disaster it has sometimes turned out to be?
The Quick and Dirty Guide team is proud to present our guide to the United States Congress. A man who opposed the American Revolution once asked "Which is better - to be ruled by one tyrant 3,000 miles away or by 3,000 tyrants one mile away?" and while we don't know the answer to that question, we can tell you that America has cut down the number of tyrants to 535! That's the number of Representatives and Senators in our Congress.