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This month’s recommended reading includes books and movies on America’s past and present elections, books written by the candidates, and the future of voting. Please see below for a complete listing. Our 2008 General Election Voter’s Information brochure is also now available. For more information, our Elections subject guide lists additional sources and websites including a quiz on the candidates, tracking each candidate on their campaign, other political news, and even a video voter’s guide.

Alexis de Tocqueville: democracy’s guide / Joseph Epstein
320.092 T632e 2006

American creation: triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the republic / Joseph J. Ellis
973.3 E47a 2007

American political parties and elections: a very short introduction / L. Sandy Maisel
324.0973 M231a 2007

The American presidency / edited by Christopher Mari and Paul McCaffrey
352.2370973 A512 2008

The audacity of hope : thoughts on reclaiming the American dream / Barack Obama
973.0496073092 O12a 2006

Barack Obama : working to make a difference / Marlene Targ Brill.
328.73092 O12b 2006 New Readers Collection, Room 419

Campaign finance reform / edited by Christopher Luna
324.78 C186 2001

Declaring independence: the beginning of the end of the two-party system / Douglas E. Schoen
324.273 S365d 2008

Demanding choices: opinion, voting, and direct democracy / Shaun Bowler and Todd Donovan
321.8 B727d 2000

Divided America: the ferocious power struggle in American politics / Earl Black and Merle Black
324.273 B627d 2008

Declaring independence : the beginning of the end of the two-party system / Douglas E. Schoen.
324.273 S365d 2008

The disappearing American voter / Ruy A. Teixeira.
324 T266d

Downsizing democracy: how America sidelined its citizens and privatized its public / Matthew A. Crenson
323.042 C915d 2004

Electoral systems and democracy / edited by Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner
321.8 E38 2006

The electronic vote / [written by David M. Elliott].
324.9 E46e 2002

Enlightened democracy: the case for the Electoral College / Tara Ross
324.63 R826e 2004

Faith of my fathers / John McCain with Mark Slater
973.92092 M478f 2008

Future of freedom: illiberal democracy at home and abroad / Fareed Zakaria
321.8 Z21f 2004

Globalizing democracy and human rights / Carol C. Gould
321.8 G696 2004
Also available Online as Electronic Book

Government by the people / David B. Magleby
320.973 G721 2006

Megamedia: how giant corporations dominate mass media, distort competition, and endanger democracy / Dean Alger
302.23 A395m 1998

Obama: from promise to power / David Mendell.
973.0496073092 O12m 2007

Party crashing: how the hip-hop generation declared political independence / Keli Goff
323.1196073 G612p 2008

Point, click, and vote : the future of Internet voting / R. Michael Alvarez, Thad E. Hall.
324.65 A473p 2004
Also available Online as Electronic Book

Projecting politics: political messages in American film / Terry Christensen and Peter J. Haas
791.43658 C555p 2005

Right to vote: the contested history of democracy in the United States / Alexander Keyssar
324.973 K44r 2000

The superpollsters : how they measure and manipulate public opinion in America / David W. Moore.
303.38 M821s

The unknown American Revolution: the unruly birth of democracy and the struggle to create America / Gary B. Nash
973.311 N249u 2006

U.S. election system / edited by Paul McCaffrey.
324.0973 U115 2004

What would Jefferson do? : A return to democracy / Thom Hartmann
321.8 H333w 2004


Advances in e-democracy: engaging citizens and electorates online / guest editor: Barrie Gunter

Asking the right questions about electronic voting / Richard Celeste, Dick Thornburgh, and Herbert Lin, editors ; Committee on a Framework for Understanding Electronic Voting, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council.

Democracy at risk: how political choices undermine citizen participation and what we can do about it / Stephen Macedo
Electronic Book 2005

Democracy in immigrant America: changing demographics and political participation / S. Karthick Ramakrishnan
Electronic Book 323.042 2005

Does American democracy still work? / Alan Wolfe

Electronic Book 320.973 2006

How the vote was won: woman suffrage in the western United States, 1868-1914 / Rebecca J. Mead

Locked out: felon disenfranchisement and American democracy / Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen
Electronic Book 324.6/2/0869270973 2006

Local democracy under siege: activism, public interests, and private politics / Dorothy Holland
Electronic Book 320.809756

The marketplace of democracy: electoral competition and American politics / Michael P. McDonald, John Samples, editors
Electronic Book 324.60973 2006

A matter of faith: religion in the 2004 presidential election / David E. Campbell, editor.

Modernizing democracy: innovations in citizen participation / edited by Terry F. Buss, F. Stevens Redburn, and Kristina Guo
Electronic Book 323.0420973

On political equality / Robert A. Dahl
Electronic Book 323.5 2006

The Paradox of democratic capitalism: politics and economics in American thought / David F. Prindle
Electronic Book 320.0973 2006

Presidency and the challenge of democracy / edited by Michael A. Genovese and Lori Cox Han
Electronic Book 352.230973 2006

Reclaiming the media: communication rights and democratic media roles / edited by Bart Cammaerts and Nico Carpentier
Electronic Book 2007

Sore winners: (and the rest of us) in George Bush’s America / John Powers
Electronic Book 973.931 2004

Uniting America: restoring the vital center to American democracy / edited by Norton Garfinkle and Daniel Yankelovich
Electronic Book 320.973 2005

The vanishing voter: public involvement in an age of uncertainty / Thomas E. Patterson

Reference Books:

2008 Washington State yearbook : the Evergreen State government directory / editors, Scott D. Dwyer and Mary B. Dwyer.
Sammamish, Wash. : Electronic Handbook Publishers, c2008. Reference Collection, Plaza East 320.4 W319 2008

The concise Oxford dictionary of politics/ edited by Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan
R 320.03 C744 2003

The encyclopedia of democracy/ Seymour Martin Lipset, editor in chief
R 321.8 E56 1995

Encyclopedia of third parties in the United States/ Earl R. Kruschke
R 324.273 K94e 1991

State of Washington Voters’ Pamphlet, Braille; General Election, November 4, 2008
Located at the Reference Desk


The amendments to the Constitution [videorecording] : Bill of Rights and beyond / produced and directed by Rhonda Fabian, Jerry Baber ; writers, Aaron Myers, Jack Phelan, Rhonda Fabian.
342.7303 A511 2007
How we got the vote [videorecording] / Post-Newsweek Stations ; producer, Charles Horich ; writer, Nancy Gager.
324.623 H847
Primary colors [videorecording] / Universal Pictures and Mutual Film Company present an Icarus production ; screenplay by Elaine May ; produced and directed by Mike Nichols.
791.4372 P9523 1998
Recount [videorecording] : the story of the 2000 presidential election / HBO Films presents a Spring Creek/Mirage production ; in association with Trigger Street Productions and Everyman Pictures ; produced by Michael Hausman ; written by Danny Strong ; directed by Jay Roach.
791.4372 R3116 2008

The Unelected [videorecording] : the media / Corporation for Public Broadcasting ; a production of Hedrick Smith Productions, Inc., in association with South Carolina Educational Television ; producer, Barak Goodman ; director, Steve Howard ; writers, Hedrick Smith, Barak Goodman, Marc Shaffer.
302.230973 U56 2004


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