Ratf**ked: A Selected Bibliography

July 13th, 2017

David Daley is the author of Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count (Norton). He is a senior fellow at FairVote and the former editor in chief of Salon.com. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, New York magazine and many other publications.  Dave will join us on Thursday, July 20, 6pm at the Co-op for a discussion of Ratf**cked with Rick Perlstein.


Dark Money by Jane Mayer - Jane Mayer of the New Yorker is the best reporter we have, period. Dark Money unpacks— clearly, tenaciously, intently — every tentacle of the Koch brothers’ mega-million-dollar operation to reshape politics and policy, no matter how brilliantly the Kochs tried to bury and disguise its roots. You can’t understand today’s politics without it. 

Why the Right Went Wrong by E.J. Dionne - Dionne argues that since 1964, in election after election, Republicans have made promises that they are either unwilling or unable to deliver upon. The result: An endless cycle of disillusion and betrayal amongst the conservative faithful that has driven the party ever-rightward — and into an irresponsible permanent state of extremism and obstruction.

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks by Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann - In an era of “both sides-ism” and false equivalency, it took these two respected Washington scholars and insiders – a conservative and a liberal – to step back and actually say it. The dysfunction and hyper-partisanship in our politics has been created by a dramatic change within the GOP.

Gerrymandering in America by Anthony J. McGannCharles Anthony Smith and Michael Latner - Political scientists tend to deny the importance of gerrymandering, either viewing it as longtime politics-as-usual or placing the blame on Democratic voters for “self-sorting” in cities while Republicans are more efficiently spread throughout the country. Michael Latner and colleagues finally modernize this thinking – showing conclusively how the 2010 redistricting cycle  was more partisan than any other in modern times. 

Give Us The Ballot by Ari Berman - The definitive story of the fight for voting rights across America, still very much – and quite depressingly – a modern struggle even 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

The Great Suppression by Zachary Roth - What I love about this book is the way it synthesizes all these threads together – voting rights, gerrymandering, dark money – in order to tell a story about just our threatened, fragile democracy and the partisan forces that created this frightful moment. 

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