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Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think [Large Print]... Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think [Large Print] (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
David Litt
R614 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R130 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Bill Bryson meets Thomas Frank in this deeply insightful, unexpectedly hilarious story of how politicians hijacked American democracy and how we can take it back The democracy you live in today is different--completely different--from the democracy you were born into. You probably don't realize just how radically your republic has been altered during your lifetime. Yet more than any policy issue, political trend, or even Donald Trump himself, our redesigned system of government is responsible for the peril America faces today. What explains the gap between what We, the People want and what our elected leaders do? How can we fix our politics before it's too late? And how can we truly understand the state of our democracy without wanting to crawl under a rock? That's what former Obama speechwriter David Litt set out to answer. Poking into forgotten corners of history, translating political science into plain English, and traveling the country to meet experts and activists, Litt explains how the world's greatest experiment in democracy went awry. (He also tries to crash a party at Mitch McConnell's former frat house. It goes poorly.) The result of Litt's journey is something you might not have thought possible: a page-turner about the political process. You'll meet the Supreme Court justice charged with murder, learn how James Madison's college roommate broke the Senate, encounter a citrus thief who embodies what's wrong with our elections, and join Belle the bill as she tries to become a law (a quest far more harrowing than the one in Schoolhouse Rock!). Yet despite his clear-eyed assessment of the dangers we face, Litt remains audaciously optimistic. He offers a to-do list of bold yet achievable changes--a blueprint for restoring the balance of power in America before it's too late.

Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think (Hardcover):... Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think (Hardcover)
David Litt
R532 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R101 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bill Bryson meets Thomas Frank in this deeply insightful, unexpectedly hilarious story of how politicians hijacked American democracy and how we can take it back The democracy you live in today is different-completely different-from the democracy you were born into. You probably don't realize just how radically your republic has been altered during your lifetime. Yet more than any policy issue, political trend, or even Donald Trump himself, our redesigned system of government is responsible for the peril America faces today. What explains the gap between what We, the People want and what our elected leaders do? How can we fix our politics before it's too late? And how can we truly understand the state of our democracy without wanting to crawl under a rock? That's what former Obama speechwriter David Litt set out to answer. Poking into forgotten corners of history, translating political science into plain English, and traveling the country to meet experts and activists, Litt explains how the world's greatest experiment in democracy went awry. (He also tries to crash a party at Mitch McConnell's former frat house. It goes poorly.) The result of Litt's journey is something you might not have thought possible: a page-turner about the political process. You'll meet the Supreme Court justice charged with murder, learn how James Madison's college roommate broke the Senate, encounter a citrus thief who embodies what's wrong with our elections, and join Belle the bill as she tries to become a law (a quest far more harrowing than the one in Schoolhouse Rock!). Yet despite his clear-eyed assessment of the dangers we face, Litt remains audaciously optimistic. He offers a to-do list of bold yet achievable changes-a blueprint for restoring the balance of power in America before it's too late.

Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Paperback): David Litt Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Paperback)
David Litt
R409 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R200 (49%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An Esquire Best Book of 2017 Remember when presidents spoke in complete sentences instead of in unhinged tweets? Former Obama speechwriter David Litt does. In his comic, coming-of-age memoir, he takes us back to the Obama years - and charts a path forward in the age of Trump. More than any other presidency, Barack Obama's eight years in the White House were defined by young people - twenty-somethings who didn't have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter), yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those twenty-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011, he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Until leaving the White House in 2016, he wrote on topics from healthcare to climate change to criminal justice reform. As President Obama's go-to comedy writer, he also took the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the so-called "State of the Union of jokes." Now, in this refreshingly honest memoir, Litt brings us inside Obamaworld. With a humorists' eye for detail, he describes what it's like to accidentally trigger an international incident or nearly set a president's hair aflame. He answers questions you never knew you had: Which White House men's room is the classiest? What do you do when the commander in chief gets your name wrong? Where should you never, under any circumstances, change clothes on Air Force One? With nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd. But it's also important. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and yes, disillusionment, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: "People who love this country can change it." In telling his own story, Litt sheds fresh light on his former boss's legacy. And he argues that, despite the current political climate, the politics championed by Barack Obama will outlive the presidency of Donald Trump. Full of hilarious stories and told in a truly original voice, Thanks, Obama is an exciting debut about what it means - personally, professionally, and politically - to grow up.

Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think (Standard format,... Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think (Standard format, CD)
David Litt
R778 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R223 (29%) Out of stock
Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Hardcover): David Litt Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Hardcover)
David Litt 1
R667 R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Save R176 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Remember when presidents spoke in complete sentences instead of in unhinged tweets? David Litt does. In his comic, coming-of-age memoir, he takes us back to the Obama years - and charts a path forward in the age of Trump.

More than any other presidency, Barack Obama's eight years in the White House were defined by young people - twenty-somethings who didn't have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter), yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those twenty-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011, he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Until leaving the White House in 2016, he wrote on topics from healthcare to climate change to criminal justice reform. As President Obama's go-to comedy writer, he also took the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the so-called "State of the Union of jokes."

Now, in this refreshingly honest memoir, Litt brings us inside Obamaworld. With a humorists' eye for detail, he describes what it's like to accidentally trigger an international incident or nearly set a president's hair aflame. He answers questions you never knew you had: Which White House men's room is the classiest? What do you do when the commander in chief gets your name wrong? Where should you never, under any circumstances, change clothes on Air Force One? With nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd. But it's also important. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and yes, disillusionment, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: "People who love this country can change it." In telling his own story, Litt sheds fresh light on his former boss's legacy. And he argues that, despite the current political climate, the politics championed by Barack Obama will outlive the presidency of Donald Trump.

Full of hilarious stories and told in a truly original voice, Thanks, Obama is an exciting debut about what it means - personally, professionally, and politically - to grow up.

Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Standard format, CD): David Litt Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Standard format, CD)
David Litt
R1,163 R1,016 Discovery Miles 10 160 Save R147 (13%) Out of stock
Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Standard format, CD): David Litt Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Standard format, CD)
David Litt
R683 R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Save R71 (10%) Out of stock
Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (MP3 format, CD): David Litt Thanks, Obama - My Hopey, Changey White House Years (MP3 format, CD)
David Litt
R843 R757 Discovery Miles 7 570 Save R86 (10%) Out of stock
Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think (Standard format,... Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think (Standard format, CD, Library ed.)
David Litt
R1,167 R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Save R352 (30%) Out of stock
Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think (MP3 format, CD):... Democracy in One Book or Less - How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think (MP3 format, CD)
David Litt
R771 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R223 (29%) Out of stock
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