Hosted by Bear Pond Books & Lean Left Vermont
Join us for a book group discussion about David Daley's Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count, facilitated by Norwich Professor Edward P. Kohn. Free and open to the public.
Come prepared to discuss the book and its topics, such as gerrymandering and redistricting. Bear Pond is offering the book at its book group price of 15% off in the store.
Lean Left Vermont works to mobilize local support to turn state and federal offices blue by volunteering for liberal and progressive candidates throughout the country. They leverage the resources of national organizations such as Swing Left, the Sister District Project, Our Revolution, and DCCC.org. The Sister District Project is a national organization that organizes volunteers into local teams to win state elections for Democrats. They are starting a national book discussion group, with Ratf**ked as its first pick.
Ratf**ked: David Daley’s “extraordinarily timely” (New York Times Book Review) account uncovers the fundamental rigging of our House of Representatives and state legislatures nationwide.
Lauded as a “compelling” (The New Yorker) and “eye-opening tour of a process that many Americans never see” (Washington Post), David Daley’s Ratf**ked documents the effort of Republican legislators and political operatives to hack American democracy through an audacious redistricting plan called REDMAP. Since the revolutionary election of Barack Obama, a group of GOP strategists has devised a way to flood state races with a gold rush of dark money, made possible by Citizens United, in order to completely reshape Congress―and our democracy itself. “Sobering and convincing” (New York Review of Books), Ratf**ked shows how this program has radically altered America’s electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the Republican party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. While exhausted voters recover from a grueling presidential election, a new Afterword from the author explores the latest intense efforts by both parties, who are already preparing for the next redistricting cycle in 2020
Edward P. Kohn, a longtime educator, historian, author and expert on Theodore Roosevelt, is dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norwich University. A native of Chicago, Kohn graduated from Harvard University in 1990; received his Master of Arts in History from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand; and earned his Ph.D. in History from McGill University in 2000. He previously served as chair of the Department of American Culture and Literature at Bilkent University, located in Ankara, Turkey.
He was interviewed by the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart (watch below), and on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air about his first book, Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt (Basic Books, 2010), which chronicled the worst heat wave disaster in American history.
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