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5 Books to Read if You Want to Become More Politically Engaged

by  | December 26

There’s no denying that we currently live in a tumultuous political climate. Competing interpretations of the same events. Fact or fake news? It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. If you’re looking to become more politically savvy ahead of the 2020 elections, or just in general, check out these 5 books and get ready to become a highly engaged citizen.

The Mueller Report Illustrated

The Mueller Report Illustrated

by The Washington Post

The Mueller Report was a hot topic last spring and summer and it’s still extremely relevant, but honestly, who has the time to read the 448-page doorstopper while still making time to go to work or fit in an exercise class? (Hint: not a lot of Congress!) Instead, invest your time in reading The Mueller Report Illustrated, which covers what you do need to know from the findings in an easy-to-digest format with nuanced drawings.

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Run for Something

Run for Something

by Amanda Litman

You’ve seen AOC killin’ it in the House of Representatives while plenty of old men throughout all parts of government seem to keep making bigger and bigger errors. Does that inspire you to run for office? If you feel like you’d make a better politician than the ones currently representing you and your loved ones in D.C., check out Amanda Litman’s Run for Something and start fixing the system yourself. Litman is the cofounder of an organization by the same name as her book, and her guide is a must-have for any young progressives looking to make a change

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On Fire

On Fire

by Naomi Klein

The idea of our planet being uninhabitable in a few decades is extremely scary. With powerhouses like Greta Thunberg speaking out to protect the planet and the Green New Deal making waves, now is the time to develop a better understanding of the looming climate crisis and how you can contribute positive change to our planet. The best place to get started?: On Fire by Naomi Klein, a collection of essays making a case for the Green New Deal.

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What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't, Fourth Edition

What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't, Fourth Edition

by Jessamyn Conrad

With our never-ending news cycle and the constant onslaught of political beliefs from everyone you’ve ever met, knowing what to think about political issues can be challenging. However, to truly be a global citizen, we can’t tune out the rest of the world, or worse, blindly listen to our preferred political party. Ahead of the 2020 election, explore a nonpartisan overview of the issues that matter in What You Should Know about Politics...But Don’t by Jessamyn Conrad.

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One Person, No Vote

One Person, No Vote

by Carol Anderson

You pay attention to the news and regularly try to stay up-to-date on the latest political happenings, so you’ve definitely heard about voter suppression and how it’s one of the most important issues in modern society. But for many, that’s all they know. If you’re looking to understand the ins and outs of what exactly is being done about voter suppression or what could be done about it, make sure you grab a copy of One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson. The author looks at the history of voter suppression and how it works, as well as sheds light on the resistance that is working tirelessly to give all eligible American voters the right to vote.

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Sarah Walsh is a Strategy Lead at Branch & Bramble by day and a book addict by night. Her favorite way to spend a weekend is a cup of tea paired with a new romance novel or personal development book. Find her on Twitter at @sarahmwalsh or Instagram at @sarahmichellewalsh to chat all things books.