A User's Guide to Democracy
Title: A User’s Guide to Democracy: How America Works
Author: Nick Capodice & Hannah McCarthy, illustrated by Tom Toro
Publisher: Celadon Books
ISBN: 978-1-250-75184-3
On Sale Date: 9/8/2020
Formats: Trade Paperback, eBook

From the hosts of New Hampshire Public Radio’s Civics 101 and New Yorker cartoonist Tom Toro, a lively crash course in everything you should know about how the US government works.

Do you know what the Secretary of Defense does all day? Are you sure you know the difference between the House and the Senate? Have you been pretending you know what Federalism is for the last 20 years? Don’t worry–you’re not alone. The American government and its processes can be dizzyingly complex and obscure.

Until now.

Within this book are the keys to knowing what you’re talking about when you argue politics with the uncle you only see at Thanksgiving. It’s the book that sits on your desk for quick reference when the nightly news boggles your mind. This approachable and informative guide gives you the lowdown on everything from the three branches of government, to what you can actually do to make your vote count, to how our founding documents practically affect our daily lives. Because it’s finally time to understand who does what, how they do it, and the best way to get them to listen to you.

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  • Nick Capodice
    Nick Capodice

    Nick Capodice is the co-host of Civics 101. Before coming to NHPR, Nick worked in the Education Department at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where he wrote and led tours, trained educators, and helped design digital exhibits. He also led beer history and tasting tours for Urban Oyster in Brooklyn.

  • Hannah McCarthy
    Hannah McCarthy

    Hannah McCarthy is the co-host of Civics 101 from New Hampshire Public Radio. She came to New Hampshire by way of Brooklyn where she worked as a radio producer and writer. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Tom Toro
    Tom Toro

    Tom Toro is a cartoonist for The New Yorker and a fiction writer. He is the author/illustrator of How to Potty Train Your Porcupine (Little, Brown & Company, 2020) and Tiny Hands (Dock Street Press, 2017). Tom lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, kid, and cat. He lives online at www.tomtoro.com