“For a simple, straightforward explanation of the election process, this book is hard to beat.”–The Boston Herald
This updated, easy-to-read book for children explains the federal system as it works in the United States today. It also discusses why the framers of the Constitution created the U.S. government in the 18th century and the purposes it was designed to serve. Described are the Legislative branch, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives; the Executive branch, headed by the President with the Cabinet members; and the Judicial branch, comprised of the Supreme Court of the United States and the lower federal courts throughout the nation. This edition has been revised for classroom and home use with more curriculum-aligned vocabulary and an expanded glossary; discussion questions; and a new resource guide. Young readers will learn how officials are elected or appointed and the work various government agencies do for the people’s benefit. A complex process is explained in interesting terms that young readers can comprehend.$7.99
Media track record This book collects newly commissioned essays by some of America’s leading, big-name progressive thought-leaders, many of whom are seasoned media veterans, on the leading issues of American democracy. The editors of this book have published major works that have received strong attention in the mainstream media, both print and visual, like MSNBC, CNN, NPR, New York Times, Good Morning America and PBS.
Platform David Orr will be building a companion website to accompany the book. It will feature original essays, debates, as well as information about the many public events linked to the book. Orr is a renowned as an environmental thinker–he created the Green Campus movement–and can speak to the issues of ecology and governance. Contributors will take part in public events and promote over social media.
Speaking The release of this book will be accompanied by major public events all across the country, involving the contributors, who will be debating and discussing the issues that the book deals with: how we do we repair American democracy?
Opportunities The book will be publishing into the election year, at a time when Democratic candidates, as well as their policy staff, will be engaged in debating and exploring the issues that this book discusses.
Affiliations Oberlin College, Rockefeller Brothers, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Rocky Mountain Institute.
Praise for Democracy Unchained
“Cogent. . . . Wide-ranging. . . . Penetrating analyses of the nation’s ills.”
“This remarkable book is like speed dialing the smartest minds in America, and getting them to tackle the country’s toughest problems. It’s full of fresh and urgently needed ideas.”
—Jane Mayer, chief Washington correspondent, The New Yorker
“This courageous book is a timely treatment of our crisis of democracy! The variety of powerful voices and cogency of analytical viewpoints are badly needed in these grim neo-fascist times!”
—Cornel West, Harvard University
“Where do we go from here? In Democracy Unchained some of the country’s best minds tackle this most urgent of questions. The result is a must-read for anyone interested in–or worried about–the future of our Republic.”
—Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer, The New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Sixth Extinction
“A peerless, one-stop compendium that explains with welcome clarity why American democracy is in such peril–and what we must do to repair and reinvent it before it is too late. Read this book, share it, and act on its authors’ wise counsel. The stakes could not be higher.”
—Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
“This collection of essays by preeminent Americans from a wide array of backgrounds and professions may someday be recognized as the twenty-first-century equivalent of the Federalist Papers. Certainly the times are no less perilous than when Hamilton, Madison, and Jay set their pens to paper.”
—Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Our Wild Calling
“Democracy Unchained is an extraordinary compilation of essays on the parlous state of democracy in our country. Irrespective of whether you may disagree with some essays, every voting citizen should make the effort to read them all as they will stimulate serious thinking and make us better stewards of our democracy.”
—Theodore Roosevelt IV, managing director and chairman, Barclays Clean Tech Initiative
“The looming climate catastrophe requires that we disenthrall ourselves from the constructs and assumptions of the past. Democracy Unchained presents an urgent opportunity to think anew, and to engage Americans from every part of America.”
—Tim Wirth, former U.S. senator from Colorado; president emeritus, United Nations Foundation$19.99