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Enlightened Democracy

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  73 Ratings  ·  14 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Opponents of the Electoral College are swift to dismiss the institution as outdated and elitist, an anachronism that should be replaced by a direct popular vote.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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Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Carly Morgan
Dec 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Repetitive and heavily biased. Author either dismisses or ignores information that undermines whatever point she's trying to make, so her overall thesis ends up feeling tenuous and ill-considered; like a knee-jerk, gut reaction with minimal basis in serious scholarship. Which is unfortunate, because I was really hoping to find a compelling argument in favor of the electoral college, since most of what I find floating around online argues for its repeal. I wanted something that would help balance ...more
Justin Howe
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sue by: Author seen on Book Week-CSPAN2
Shelves: non-fiction
An excellent book about the electoral college. Should be required reading for everyone, maybe part of a high school curriculum. Easy reading
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative, covering the rationale behind the Electoral College, and the flaws of alternative proposals. The book is repetitive at times, and it probably would have serve the author better to steer clear of political issues that might turn off people who disagree with her personal politics from accepting the thesis of the book.
Michael Murphy
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent view of its purpose, which most American's are inherently ignorant. Though it is an 18th century creation, it has served its purpose very well. Great book & worthwhile read!
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important read and one that convinced me of a couple things - the benefits of the electoral college and the benefits of a two-party system. Ross is not only an engaging writer, but she also displays exhaustive knowledge of her subject. Though it's never unclear which side of the fence she is on, she gives ample and equal time to opposing viewpoints.

On her blog Ross describes herself as a "constitutionalist with a definite libertarian streak." She writes of Reagan as the best president ever.
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
Dec 24, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
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?
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
Elora Tocci

Some of her points are interesting, but overall this is repetitive and many of her arguments feel way too thin. Her biases are also abundantly clear. I don't recommend.
Dave Baird
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Alan Johnson
See my posts 1, 5, and 7 here.

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Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Very compelling and well presented argument. It is a book every political science major should read.
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