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The handy American government answer book : how Washington, politics, and elections work

Author: Gina Renée Misiroglu
Publisher: Canton, MI : Visible Ink Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Handy answer book series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The stakes have never been higher: national security, civil liberties, the economy, the future of the republic. Yet few outside Washington actually understand how our government and political system should work, much less how it actually operates. On one level, it's a complex, interlocking world veiled in power brokering, bureaucracy, and big money. On another, it's the biggest, richest, most influential
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Genre/Form: Trivia and miscellanea
Miscellanea
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Misiroglu, Gina Renée.
Handy American government answer book.
Canton, MI : Visible Ink Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017044527
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gina Renée Misiroglu
ISBN: 9781578596393 1578596394
OCLC Number: 1004206706
Description: xxviii, 372 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Timeline --
Introduction --
Introduction to the democratic republic --
The U.S. Constitution --
Federalism --
The U.S. Congress --
The President --
The courts --
Civil liberties and civil rights --
Political opinion --
Public interest groups --
Political parties --
Campaigns and elections --
The media machine --
The Declaration of Independence --
The articles of confederation --
The U.S. Constitution --
The Bill of Rights.
Series Title: Handy answer book series.
Other Titles: American government answer book :
Responsibility: Gina Misiroglu.

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"The stakes have never been higher: national security, civil liberties, the economy, the future of the republic. Yet few outside Washington actually understand how our government and political system should work, much less how it actually operates. On one level, it's a complex, interlocking world veiled in power brokering, bureaucracy, and big money. On another, it's the biggest, richest, most influential organization in the world, for better or worse. Understanding how modern America is managed and governed is more vital than ever, but television, radio, newspapers, and social media frequently aim to spin, seduce, and sell product rather than serve anything resembling the truth. Filling the breach and answering basic questions about how our very complex government operates and what it promises, [this book] takes a comprehensive look at the systems, people, and policies that comprise American democracy, providing much-needed clarity to the current political drama. This informative book traces the historic development of the government, the functions of each branch of government, and how they work together. It provides clear and concise definitions of who does what and why. Written in an entertaining, reader-friendly, question-and-answer format, [this book] deciphers the news behind the headlines through well-researched answers to nearly 800 common questions. This handy primer also includes numerous illustrations, graphs, tables, a helpful bibliography, and an extensive index, adding to its usefulness. In the midst of the overheated rhetoric of the moment and the fast-changing, crisis-dominated world, a well-informed citizenry armed with [this book] is the best defense against political and corporate chicanery!"--Amazon.com.

Few outside Washington actually understand how our government and political system actually operates. On one level, it's a complex, interlocking world veiled in power brokering, bureaucracy, and big money. On another, it's the biggest, richest, most influential organization in the world. Misiroglu takes a comprehensive look at the systems, people, and policies that comprise American democracy, providing much-needed clarity to the current political drama. She traces the historic development of the government, the functions of each branch of government, and how they work together.

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