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The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

Written by Mickey Edwards
Non-Fiction

(In which we learn that the Constitution does not stipulate that the Speaker of the House of Representatives must be a member of the House.) Edwards, an Aspen Institute vice-president and former six-term Congressman, has written a tract arguing that the political parties, private clubs, have illegitimately taken over functions that belong to governments, to the detriment of the actual business of governing. He makes his case clearly and succinctly and offers concrete suggestions for putting the parties back in the corral - he does not want to do away with them - and restore a workable representative democracy. An invigorating call to citizen action.

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