New feature: The Book Store
Look over in the right margin, below "Recent Entries" and above "Some Blogs I Read" and you will see the "Book Store." Here I will place books I have read or mean to read "real soon now." Most of them will be about the same things I cover in this blog, but others may be other stuff just to show you that I have some other interests.
The Right to Vote by Alexander Keyssar is an absolute must-read if you are interested in how the U.S. got a relatively open suffrage (with exceptions for felons, most ex-felons, and a few others). In addition to a a very readable text, the book contains page after page in appendix tables covering the changes in suffrage in the states over the last 227+ years.
I wish I could write as engagingly as Steven Hill does in Fixing Elections. Steven has a way of writing that makes those who did not know the problem understand that there is something wrong with the winner-take-all election system (and those who thought they knew understand even better). Even better, he has not written just a "ain't it awful" book, but one that makes practical suggestions to solve the problems.
You can order any or all the books in the Book Store by clicking on the title. You will be taken to the Booksamillion.com site. Why bamm.com and not amazon.com? If you compare the prices (and bamm.com makes it easy to do so), you will see that you save money with Books-A-Million -- especially if you get the Millionaire's Club card for a 10% discount. And, Books-A-Million is an Alabama company, and I have to look after the home folks.