Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic

Abrams. Apr. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781419743023. $27. POL SCI
Physician and activist El-Sayed, host of the podcast America Dissected, describes what he calls an “epidemic of insecurity” threatening social, economic, and political futures. Through the perspective of a first-generation son of Egyptian immigrants, El-Sayed aims to illustrate how insecurity affects one’s overall health and well-being. Relevant personal experience as a doctor and politician lend credibility to El-Sayed’s discourse and explanation of how politics fail people and blame victims. Included is an exploration of how science shaped the author’s life, a diagnosis of the causes of unaffordable health care and a rigged economy in the United States, as well as his ambitious policy recommendations. Well-informed, this book successfully captures a troubling political reality and offers potential solutions to improve living conditions for all Americans.
VERDICT Readers with an interest in progressive politics who are looking for a well-rounded analysis of how the current political environment came to be will be drawn to this impassioned work.
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