Politics in America

A Guide to the Two-Party System

Non-Fiction - Gov/Politics
124 Pages
Reviewed on 02/28/2023
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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite

Politics in America: A Guide to the Two-Party System is a primer about the political system in the United States. Author Frank P. Daversa divided his book into six chapters: 1) a delineation of the constituency of both major parties, 2) party history, 3) party ideology, 4) sample legislation (a list of some of the most important laws passed from 1919 to 2010), 5) editorials (mostly reflecting Democratic viewpoints), and 6) a conclusion. Daversa says there are numerous factors involved in deciding how to vote and he writes to inform his readers about what those factors are. The author’s overall goal is to educate voters so they’ll be able to make an informed, intelligent decision when they cast their ballots on Election Day. The book isn’t specifically about any one issue or person, but about the entire political system.

Politics in America: A Guide to the Two-Party System is an interesting read. The book would be useful as a political text in either high school or college courses. The chapter about the histories of both the Democratic and Republican parties was especially fascinating. As author Frank P. Daversa points out, what the parties believe and how they govern have changed considerably over the years. The author writes from a liberal perspective, but anyone who approaches the book with an open mind will learn much about the United States' two-party system. It will make readers think about whether or not they agree with the author’s viewpoints. Anyone who is interested in politics, or wants to know more about the history of both major political parties or major legislation, would find this book useful.

Philip Van Heusen

Maybe you are studying for your US citizenship exam or approaching the first time you vote. In that case, Politics in America: A Guide to the Two-Party System by Frank Daversa is invaluable. This is an excellent primer for understanding the two-party system of the United States. First, Frank helps you align your vote with your belief system. After thoroughly explaining the two parties, Frank then goes over several significant bills, describing how the bills developed, were voted on, and affected the American people. Before someone votes, they should be clear on who the candidates are and what they stand for. Knowing about the two parties can help in this endeavor. Chapter 5 gives editorials that present an overview of issues facing America in 2012. This information is somewhat dated but is still valid.

From Chapter 5, one can surmise that Frank Daversa leans toward the Democrats and liberal politics. However, Politics in America presents excellent information. This book is an easy read and should be a resource for high-school civics (government) students. This book is not a scholarly tome, but it is not meant to be. Drawing much information from encyclopedias and Wikipedia may not be conducive to academic work. Still, it serves the purpose of a general informational book. While Frank does not tell you for whom to vote, he gives enough general information to draw your conclusions. Frank closes his book with two sentences of great value and helps clarify the purpose of this book. First, the importance of voting rests on the voter. Therefore, you must vote with your conscience. The second important sentence reminds the reader that “democracy works best when the electorate is informed.”

Pikasho Deka

No matter what background you may come from, politics is an inescapable fact of life in America. The right to vote is a fundamental privilege granted to every single American. With Politics in America: A Guide to the Two-Party System, Frank Daversa aims to familiarize readers having a limited to moderate interest in politics with the two-party system, its origins, and how politics influence the laws, the infrastructure, and the day-to-day running of every aspect of American society. Daversa provides an in-depth analysis of both the major political parties of America - Democratic and Republican - including their ideologies, fiscal and social policies, and their respective approaches to legislation. He also offers an overview of some relevant issues that America is facing today, such as the right to abortion, gun control, socialized healthcare, and many more.

Frank Daversa gives readers a fair and unbiased look into the Democratic and Republican two-party system and how these two parties have shaped the course of modern American history. Books like Politics in America have become increasingly relevant because, as witnessed over the recent years with the advent of social media, American society seems to be getting more and more divisive as the days go by. Daversa provides some valuable insights to help readers come to their own conclusions on who to cast their ballot for. One of the observations that stayed in my mind was how the Democratic Party was far more left-oriented in the 70s while the Republican Party has been slowly inching towards the extreme far-right in recent years. Highly recommended.

Keith Mbuya

Politics is deeply entrenched in our lives and affects us in more ways than we can imagine. This is the main reason why as an American, making wise political decisions is important, especially when voting. If you can’t make informed political decisions because you are a political novice or undecided about your political stance, Frank Daversa has got you covered in his book Politics in America: A Guide to the Two-Party System. This is a relatively short and comprehensive guide to American politics, detailing the history of America’s political parties from the late eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century, their ideologies, and various landmark congressional decisions among others. Get yourself a copy of the book to know more.

Frank Daversa’s Politics in America is a must-read for enthusiasts of politics. Frank provides a front-seat view of America’s political arena in this eye-opening read. He conveys his ideas concisely and perceptively, steadily building a discourse of profound intellectual and political depth. He backs his views with a rich set of credible sources. I loved how he maintained an unbiased and candid tone throughout his discourse, yet at the same time insightfully enlightened readers on fundamental aspects of American politics. These included the different political factions under the umbrellas of the Democrats and the Republicans, as well as fiscal, educational, health, and social matters. This book will leave you with a sharper and thoroughly informed political background.

Essien Asian

The American political system may not be the oldest around, but it is, without a doubt, one of the most peculiar arrangements available. A system whereby the person with the highest number of popular votes could still end up losing the election warrants a detailed study. I don't want to get started on some of the stranger federal legislation such as Obamacare, whose unusual implementation would test the limits of sensibility in other climes. Some people would give an arm or a leg just to understand the origins of this peculiar setup and how it became so complex. This is where Politics In America: A Guide to the Two-Party System comes in. Frank Daversa walks us through the turbulent beginnings of the behemoths that control the American political terrain.

With the assistance of some of the world's best encyclopedias and some diligent research tools at his disposal, Frank Daversa furnishes us with detailed information on the Democratic and Republican parties as has never been seen before. His history lessons on both parties are thorough, with references to convince any skeptic, and the explanations concerning the unusual degree of attention to certain bills are an eye-opener. Previously, I did not understand why the affordable healthcare bill created so much bad blood in the Senate but after reading this book, I get it. Politics In America should be made available to every American of voting age. Daversa may sound a bit biased in terms of his political leanings but the information a first-time voter will glean from this book is priceless.