Gifts for Political Junkies

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Political Books

After a hard fought campaign season, it's a good time to take reflect on our nation's history and where it's going. Of course, we all could use a refresher on the roots of democracy in our country. Penguin Classics has some of the canonical writings of the Founding Fathers, printed with vintage style artwork.

Perhaps your political buff is more interested in the advertising and rhetoric. How did politics, and its messaging, evolve to what it is today? Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad That Changed American Politics by Bob Mann takes a look back the Golden Age of advertising and how one campaign spot – the Daisy Petal ad for Lyndon B. Johnson – changed American politics.

My conservative father-in-law has Bill O'Reilly's Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot on his wish list. After the success of his book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever, the conservative pundit has decided to write a tome on the assassination of President Kennedy.

On my to-read list is What’s the Matter With White People? by former Salon editor Joan Walsh. The provocative title is not so much an indictment of Caucasians, but an analysis of how working-class white Americans (such as many of Walsh's Irish-American relatives) have shifted their allegiance from the Democratic Party to the GOP.

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