Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy
An intriguing and accessible nonfiction graphic novel about the role wealth and influence play in American democracy.Despite our immense political divisions, Americans are nearly united in our belief that something is wrong with our government: It works for the wealthy and powerful, but not for anyone else. Unrig exposes the twisted roots of our broken democracy and highlights the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to We the People. This stirring nonfiction graphic novel by democracy reform leader Daniel G. Newman and artist George O'Connor takes readers behind the scenes--from the sweaty cubicles where senators dial corporate CEOs for dollars, to lavish retreats where billionaires boost their favored candidates, to the map rooms where lawmakers scheme to handpick their voters. Unrig also highlights surprising solutions that limit the influence of big money and redraw the lines of political power. If you're overwhelmed by negative news and despairing for the direction of our country, Unrig is a tonic that will restore your faith and reveal the path forward to fix our broken democracy.
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About the Author
Daniel G. Newman is a national expert on government accountability and money in politics. He is president and co-founder of MapLight, a nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes transparency and political reform. Newman has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including CNN, CBS, MSNBC, FOX Business News, and NPR. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.George O'Connor is a New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of the Olympians series as well as such graphic novels as Journey into Mohawk Country and Ball Peen Hammer. In addition to his graphic novel career, O'Connor has published several children's picture books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Dramatic and inspiring tales of champions of democracy fighting for and implementing practical solutions. It's a great read--with important lessons for any citizen who gives a damn.
--David Corn, Washington bureau chief, Mother Jones
By clearly illustrating the toughest problems that threaten our system of government, Unrig has the potential to be this generation's most influential book on American democracy. It is a must read.
--Spencer Overton, author of Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression
Everyone knows that our democracy is broken, but what's less clear is how we got into this mess and what we should do about it. Newman's Unrig explains both in an accessible and entertaining way, leaving the reader equipped and inspired to get involved in unrigging our democracy and putting it to work for people and the planet.
--Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
Unrig is, simply, the unmissable book. Daniel Newman--a national treasure and a tireless defender of democracy--explains in graphic style and easy-to-follow language, how democracy's tools are made 'boring' and opaque on purpose--how the system undermines candidates who just want to serve the people--and, most inspiringly of all, what we can all do to fix this. This should be required reading (and luckily, it's engaging, powerful reading) for every student and every citizen.
--Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The Beauty Myth and The End of America