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Enlightened Democracy

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Opponents of the Electoral College are swift to dismiss the institution as outdated and elitist, an anachronism that should be replaced by a direct popular vote. This book, written in straightforward language, examines the institutions role in selecting Presidents across the centuries and comes to a different conclusion the Electoral College protects our republic and promo ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by World Ahead Publishing
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This book offers an excellent overview of the Electoral College for those unfamiliar with either the foundation or structure of this venerable American institution. In America today, there is an alarming lack of understanding about our history, the American Revolution, and the forming of the governments that started afterward. Few can tell you what the Articles of Confederation are, or why they failed so disastrously. Few have an appreciation for the Constitution, the most brilliant and inspired ...more
Corey Lynch
Biased as an argument and redundant as a textbook. It was informative and provides a decent foundation to electoral principles. I began reading the book for a better understanding of how electorates work and finished, realizing 'Faithless Electors' was what I had really sought to learn about. Having said that, the 'Faithless Elector' section was pretty good citing a fair number of examples. This isn't a review, not a proper one at least, more so my opinion. I recommend this books to anyone on th ...more
Justin Howe
You need to read this book to appreciate a very special mechanism of our republic, the Electoral College. Ross explains how it works, why it was invented, as well as the threats to it from the National Popular Vote movement. Thorougly documented, grounded in history and Constitutional law, this book was not at all a difficult read.
Kevin Kosar
This book proceeds in lawyerly fashion to pile up Washington’s statements on or concerning religion. To this heap are added his actions (e.g., requesting that public funds be used to pay for Bible for soldiers, etc.)...(read more
Dec 24, 2011 Drake marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Ok, I hate the electoral college, because it makes sure that my vote doesn't matter, so I'm reading this and a book giving a case against the electoral college. I wonder what this lady has to say about it that's good?
Dave Baird
This is a great book about the presidential election process. It's amazing how uninformed most people are about the process. Read it, so you aren't one of them.
Nov 06, 2009 Sue rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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An excellent book about the electoral college. Should be required reading for everyone, maybe part of a high school curriculum. Easy reading
Very compelling and well presented argument. It is a book every political science major should read.
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