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In a world of sound bites, deliberate misinformation, and a political scene that is colored by the blue-versus-red partisan divide. How does the average educated American find a reliable source that's free of political spin? 

What You Should Know About Politics...But Don't breaks it all down, issue by issue, explaining who stands for what, and why - whether it's the economy, income inequality, Obamacare, foreign policy, education, immigration, or climate change. 

If you're a Democrat, a Republican, or somewhere in between, it's the perfect audiobook to brush up on a single topic or listen through to get a deeper understanding of the often mucky world of American politics.  

This is an essential volume for understanding the background to the 2016 presidential election. But it is also an audiobook that transcends the season. It's truly for anyone who wants to know more about the issues, which are perennial issues that will continue to affect our everyday lives.

©2016 Jessamyn Conrad (P)2018 Tantor

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Let me introduce you to the world around you.

A great listen and mental exercise with over 20, one hour long chapters, it covered a plethora of topics from school vouchers, farm subsidies to, national security and foreign war. 10/10 would recommend to any one trying to grasp the basics of our government and how to begin to understanding the most simplistic interpretation of everyday news.

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Instructional, not a great audiobook.

The narrator was boring to listen to and it may not be her fault because, the book, while informative (in the most high-level sense) is probably better suited for reference material than a straight-through read.

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should be mandatory for every person on this earth

it is an absolute marvelous book that breaks down some of the most complex arguments! it also does a fantastic job to be unbiased and show arguments from both sides no matter how controversial they may be. also the sheer number of topics in this book is mind-boggling!
if you are sick and tired of feeling manipulated or being tricked by any media or political commentator I beg you to read this book.

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Great, easy-to-read overview of key issues!

At the time of writing, I'm following the 2020 Democratic primary. I was looking for a book that covered election topics so I could better follow the debates and understand the overall process and context better. This book was just what I was looking for! As someone pretty new to these topics, and as a millennial just reaching voting age at the time of the 2008 financial crisis, I found this book easy to understand and really helped me fill in many gaps in my knowledge of American politics and world events.

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Everyone should read this (twice)!

Like drinking from a fire hose, but Teri does a fantastic job with the narration that kept me engaged... for 14 hours!!! I will listen again as there was SO much material presented, but definitely gave me background that will help me understand what I see going on in today’s world!

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worth the purchase

very informative
clearer insight to the Bush and Obama Era administration's
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An Educational, if Dated, Read

An educational, but dated, read-through of the major political parties, their issues, and the significance of being informed.

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Excellent!!

Loved hearing unbiased knowledgeable information. Seriously a great book!! Highly recommend this book to everyone.

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How to be an informed citizen

I am glad that I read this book and took my time reading about and then thinking about the issues. It helps me prepare for the November 2020 election and beyond to try to understand all the news reports and sound bites about politics. It provides the background and basic facts to better understand political issues and decisions, what the implications are, and alternative views.

As I read it, I focus on the facts and take a high-level view of the issue. The more I know about what happened in the past and the more I can get a complete current view of the issue, I am more comfortable learning about and discussing these issues, and can respond in an objective and constructive manner to the issues and events that occur due to them.

This is a book I will read again to be able to see big picture and stay sane in the world today.

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great and totally enthralling

the information is delivered in such a refreshing way. truly from a to z on politics and the current issues or systems face.

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Comprehensive guide to every aspect of the US political scenario

This book is very educational yet concise. Each chapter covers one aspect of the US government and economy and current debates. Great for someone who wants a wide overview of the US