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The Language of Liberty: A Citizen’s Vocabulary

Rootstock. Oct. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781578690367. pap. $18.95. REF
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Hagenstein (coeditor, American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture, and the Land) provides narrative definitions of “words we use when we talk politics.” A dispassionate explanation of terminology, historical context, and current usage may help foster conversation or simply clarify terms, whether readers want to know about the function of congressional whips or the nature and meaning of conservatism.
VERDICT Occasionally dry, with useful background for the general reader on democracy, the Electoral College, and the Supreme Court.

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