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Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom    by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Daniel Ehrenhaft & Andisheh Nouraee order for
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Order:  USA  Can
Walker, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The authors of this fascinating , well illustrated book serve up a spoonful of humor with lots of solid information about how the United States works. This crash course explains some of the critical situations facing not only the U.S. but the world as well. Touching on historical as well as current, headline making events, the reader will discover not only how they unfolded but why they are important.

The insights provided cover not only the American electoral system, the global economy and the role of religion in political and economic conflicts but also how budding activists and/or youngsters interested in politics can get involved.

'What's the FDIC?, Who was 'Deep Throat'?, Why are so many people fleeing Mexico?', and 'Why is health care broken and why does everyone think it's so important to fix?' are just a sampling of the questions addressed in this book.

From the hot button issues Americans love to yell about to economics and foreign affairs, there's something here for everyone. Any teen who watches The Daily Show will love the irreverent approach the authors assume in discussing these issues.

Although aimed at middle school and high school students, this book will be of interest to older readers as well. It is funny, informative and enlightening, plus very, very entertaining!

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