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  • booksreddit.com:What It Takes: The Way to the White House

    What It Takes: The Way to the White House


    An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race — and scours the psyches of contenders from George Bush and Robert Dole to Michael Dukakis and Gary Hart — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben…

  • booksreddit.com:Understanding Power: The Indispensible Chomsky

    Understanding Power: The Indispensible Chomsky


    Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky’s recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions, all published here for the first time, Chomsky radically reinterp…

  • booksreddit.com:Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren't Fair (and What We Can Do About It)

    Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren’t Fair (and What We Can Do About It)


    Sanders: ‘I am running for president’
    Our Electoral System is Fundamentally Flawed, But There’s a Simple and Fair SolutionAt least five U.S. presidential elections have been won by the second most popular candidate. The reason was a “spoiler”—a minor candidate who takes enough votes away from the most popular candidate to tip the election to someone else. The spoiler effect is more than a glitch. It is a consequence of one of the most surprising intellectual discoveries of the twentieth century: the “impossibility theorem” of Nob…