Politics is very much a part of our life and has a lot of impact on it. With the ongoing elections in the USA and the Indian state of Bihar, the word ‘politics’ is on everybody’s mind. Everybody is busy talking, discussing, and arguing about politics. Since it is such an important part of our lives, it is important to know more about it. Here is a look at some books on politics you must read.
What You Should Know About Politics…But Don’t
This book by Jessamyn Conrad helps the readers to get a deeper understanding of the world of American politics. Its blurb reads so: “In a world of sound bites, deliberate misinformation, and a political scene colored by the blue versus red partisan divide, how does the average educated American find a reliable source that’s free of political spin? This book breaks it all down, issue by issue, explaining who stands for what, and why…”
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
This book by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history–Abraham Lincoln. It gave Barack Obama the model for his presidency, showing how Lincoln saved America by appointing his fiercest rival to key cabinet positions.
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
The book answers a very important and relevant question: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Based on fifteen years of original research, the authors, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson try to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today.
How To Be an Antiracist
In the book, Ibram X. Kendi discusses the concepts of racism and proposals for anti-racist individual actions and systemic changes. He demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds up a vital new understanding of racism – what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it, and what to do about it. You can read more about the book here.
When Crime Pays: Money And Muscle In Indian Politics
The book is a thorough study of the co-existence of crime and democratic processes in Indian politics. It has been written by Milan Vaishnav. As per the blurb of the book, “In this eye-opening book, political scientist Milan Vaishnav takes readers deep into the marketplace for criminal politicians by drawing on fieldwork on the campaign trail, large surveys, and an original database on politicians’ backgrounds.”
Seven Decades of Independent India
The book, written by Vinod Rai and Dr. Amitendu Palit reflects on the India of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, by gathering rare and candid insights from some of the most distinguished experts, practitioners, and scholars on India. It seeks to answer some of the following questions: Has democracy in India fulfilled the aspirations of its people? Have institutions delivered? Would the country become an economic powerhouse?
Indira Gandhi – Tryst With Power
This book by Nayantara Sahgal focuses on the life of one of India’s most popular politicians – Indira Gandhi. Indira broke the conventional, democratic ruling method that her family had been using and adopted a somewhat authoritarian way of ruling the nation.