Political Savvy

Sharpen your political thinking, improve your understanding of government, and improve your effective activism and advocacy with these extra wonky books and tools.

How to Boycott: Make Your Voice Heard, Understand History, & Change the World

How to Boycott: Make Your Voice Heard, Understand History, & Change the World

by Joe Biel Author

From Chick-Fil-A to the Boston Tea Party, Nike to Women's Suffrage in the U.S., United Farm Workers to the …

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Make Your Voice Heard: Send a Message to Your Elected Officials

Make Your Voice Heard: Send a Message to Your Elected Officials

Want to create political change? Make your voice heard with these 30 fill-in postcards! Resistance in the 21st …

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American Politics: A Graphic History

American Politics: A Graphic History

by Laura Locker Author and Julia Scheele Illustrator

A dynamic, illustrated guido to the complex systems that, together, form the political entity that is United States. …

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OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?: A Non-Boring Guide to How Our Democracy is Supposed to Work

OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?: A Non-Boring Guide to How Our Democracy is Supposed to Work

by Ben Sheehan Author

The entire United States Constitution plus its amendments and Declaration of Independence are printed here, with …

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How to Read the Constitution and Why

How to Read the Constitution and Why

by Kim Wehle Author

A guide to understanding the founding document of the United States that everyone talks so much about, and that …

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Presidential Misconduct

Presidential Misconduct

by James M. Banner, Jr Editor

In the 70s a House Judiciary Committee created a historical account of all of the past misdeeds of previous presidents. …

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How to Get Rid of a President: History's Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives

How to Get Rid of a President: History's Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives

by David Priess Author

To limit executive power, the founding fathers created fixed presidential terms of four years, giving voters regular …

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Street Journalist: Understand and Report the News in Your Community

Street Journalist: Understand and Report the News in Your Community

by Lisa Loving Author

A corrupt politician. A local business in trouble. A neighbor with a heroic story. An opportunity to work together for …

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Is Democracy Failing?: A Primer for the 21st Century

Is Democracy Failing?: A Primer for the 21st Century

by Niheer Dasandi Author

What exactly is democracy? Because it seems like each country that defines as such as a very different defintion and …

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

by Ta-Nehisi Coates Author

During President Barack Obama's time in office, there was hope and real progress towards a less racist …

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Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy

Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy

by Kristian Williams Author

HURT is Portland activist Kristian Williams' collection of articles and interviews on the history, psychology, and …

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How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders

How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders

by Marcus Tullius Cicero Author and Philip Freeman Translator

Even if you aren't coming into ownership of a country any time soon, the writings of Roman senator Marcus Tullius …

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500 Years of Indigenous Resistance

500 Years of Indigenous Resistance

by Gord Hill Author

The history of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans is often portrayed as a mutually beneficial process, in …

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Enabling Acts: The Hidden History of How the American with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority Its Rights

Enabling Acts: The Hidden History of How the American with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority Its Rights

by Lennard J. Davis Author

Being raised by Deaf parents gave Lennard Davis a close-up look at the discrimination faced by folks with disabilities …

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Perspectives on Anarchist Theory N.30: Beyond the Crisis

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory N.30: Beyond the Crisis

by Justseeds Illustrator, Josh MacPhee Cover, Kristian Williams Editor, Lara Messersmith-Glavin Editor and Roger Peet Illustrator

"We need to carry the fire together, not be consumed by it." The Institute for Anarchist Studies turns up the …

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Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It

Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It

by Shane Burley Author

Fascism Today takes a look at the insidious rise of fascism in the United States, how it is fueled by the media and how …

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Introducing Fascism: A Graphic Guide

Introducing Fascism: A Graphic Guide

by Graphic Guide, A Author, Stuart Hood Author and Litza Jansz Author

A fascinating, illustrated guide to the political movements and philosophical roots of fascism, tracing the origins of …

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Politics Hacks: Shortcuts to 100 Ideas

Politics Hacks: Shortcuts to 100 Ideas

by Julian Flanders Author

If you want to better understand politics, this book is for you. With chapters on history, ideologies, systems of …

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How To Be An American: A Field Guide to Citizenship

How To Be An American: A Field Guide to Citizenship

by Silvia Hidalgo Author

Could you name all the U.S. territories? Do you know the ins and outs of the process to gain citizenship?Inspired by …

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Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Author

While we may not like it, Americans have a more committed relationship to their guns than they do to their marriages. …

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Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

by Kurt Andersen Author

You'll get the low-down on America's fascination with fake facts and imaginative worlds/narratives from the …

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Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

by Rebecca Solnit Author

A collection of powerful, lyrical essays by Rebecca Solnit at her best: Drawing the connections we haven't yet put …

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Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Health Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy—All at the Same Time

Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Health Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy—All at the Same Time

by Michael Fine Author and Bernard Lown Author

"We can do better." This is an observation about the American health care system that is obvious to many of …

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Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook

Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook

by Christopher Noxon Author

Tired of being cynical about today's political climate? Learn how to approach activism and contemporary social …

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Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist

Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist

by Kate Raworth Author

Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides …

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How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Author

The Combahee River Collective has been a force for black feminism since the 1970's and is credited with coining the …

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Against the Fascist Creep

Against the Fascist Creep

by Alexander Reid Ross Author

What are the origins of fascism’s current rise in the US and around the world?What are its links to Donald Trump, …

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Why Don't the Poor Rise Up?: Organizing the Twenty-first Century Resistance

Why Don't the Poor Rise Up?: Organizing the Twenty-first Century Resistance

by Ajamu Nangwaya Editor and Michael Truscello Editor

The question posed by the title is most often asked by people who have no idea what it's like to be poor and who …

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When We Fight We Win

When We Fight We Win

by AgitArte Author and Greg Jobin-Leeds Author

Same-sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the DREAM Act, the People’s Climate March, End the New Jim Crow, Occupy …

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Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

by Donella Meadows Author, Dennis Meadows Author and Jorgen Randers Author

In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production. …

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Pocket Piketty: A Handy Guide to Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Pocket Piketty: A Handy Guide to Capital in the Twenty-First Century

by Jesper Roine Author

We all know the book: it’s been hailed as one of the most important documents on how the world economy works, or …

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FDR and the New Deal for Beginners

FDR and the New Deal for Beginners

by Paul Buhle Author, For Beginners Author and Sabrina Jones Author

A profusely illustrated, popularly-written volume with original comic art, FDR and the New Deal For Beginners will shed …

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Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution

Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution

by Andrew Boyd Author

Beautiful Trouble brings together dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world to distill their best …

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Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals

Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals

by Jonathan Matthew Smucker Author

Hegemony How-To is a practical guide to political struggle for a generation that is deeply ambivalent about …

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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

by Arlie Russell Hochschild Author

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from …

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The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

by Jonathan Hennessey Author and Aaron McConnell Author

Why wade through a loathsome history textbook when you can get an equivalent conceptual grasp through a comic book? The …

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Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

by Seth Rosenfeld Author

Back in the 1960s, when newbie politician Ronald Reagan was looking to prove himself, he enlisted his buddy J. Edgar …

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Politics in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

Politics in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

by In Minutes Author and Marcus Weeks Author

Politics in Minutes reflects on various political ideologies, movements, and the histories behind political changes. …

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Patch #040: You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive

Patch #040: You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive

by Seth Tobocman Illustrator

You don't have to fuck people over to survive, says comics artist Seth Tobocman on this canvas patch. And he has a …

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Ruth Bader Pinsburg

Ruth Bader Pinsburg

by Dissent Pins Author

Sport Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the raddest Supreme Court Justice (may she rest in power) on your lapel with this sweet …

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