Not since Alexis de Tocqueville journeyed through Jacksonian America in the 1830s has the world been graced by a more authoritative, intensive, and transcendent analysis of American politics than that contained within the (blank) pages of Michael J. Knowles’ new best-selling book, “Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide.”
Drawing from Barnes and Noble bargain bin classics like “A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” “Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography from Plains to Post-Presidency,” and scores of others, Knowles has created an exhaustive list of every great idea that forms the foundation of Democratic political thought.
While many books designed to persuade readers to open their hearts and minds to the Democratic Party provide a deluge of platitudes, cherry-picked statistics, and revisionist history, Knowles has steered clear of all such devices and delivered a full catalog of the Democratic Party’s greatest achievements, their philosophical triumphs, and their most notable contributions to our political system based on nothing but cold hard facts.
The research contained within this volume is not merely “thorough” but complete. Nary a tweed-sporting, pipe-smoking, Ivy League professor could have examined the history of the Democratic Party with more ferocious brevity than Knowles manages.
His observational prowess mirrors that of Sherlock Holmes — not the stodgy, old Victorian one that demands a long attention span but the pop-culture-icon, Benedict Cumberbatch one. Like an un-mustachioed version of Magnum, P.I., Knowles investigates the history of the Democrats from the Trail of Tears, to the creation of the Ku Klux Klan, all the way to Obamacare and the Iransom payment (none of which made Knowles’s list of reasons to vote for Democrats), he pulls upon the thread of left-wing self-righteousness, poor decision-making, and outright mendacity from its Jacksonian roots to its Clintonian climax and back down into its Obamian denouement. Without abandoning his laser-esque focus on the overarching thesis of the narrative, the author is able to show the reader all the ways in which America would be better without her flirtations with Republican presidencies like those of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.
The structure of the book makes it accessible to the average reader as well as the seasoned scholar by breaking down the list of reasons to vote Democrat by subject matter. For instance, a reader who wonders “why should I vote for a party that doesn’t believe American workers should be entitled to the fruits of their labor” can simply turn to the chapter titled “Economics” and discover the stark totality of reasons. For the reader who wonders, “What possible reason could there ever be to vote for a party who believes that President Obama’s trademark Lead-From-Behind-ism is a sustainable way for America to interact with others in an increasingly dangerous world?” Wonder no more! Twenty pages of the book is dedicated to chronicling the steps that Democrats have taken to make the world safer, freer, and more prosperous.
Despite its deep and meticulous research, this book is not an “all info, no style” experience for the reader. It is not a dark and bumpy subway ride to endure in the quest for facts. It is a wind-in-the-face roller coaster adventure where the journey and the destination offer up equal reward. Knowles’s minimalistic style of writing reaches levels of concision that will astound readers.
The brevity of his work makes tweets seem like Tolstoy and blurbs like the Homeric similes of yore.
The popularity of Knowles’ book — which is currently the #1 best-selling book on Amazon, even though it inexplicably disappeared from Amazon while he was plugging it on the Saturday morning episode of “Fox & Friends” — ensures that this will not be a standalone work. One can merely speculate that Knowles, at this very moment is sitting at his desk pounding away at the space bar as he churns out volume two. Perhaps, something to the tune of, “How Progressive Economics Took Me to the Top,” “The Foreign Policy Achievements of our 44th President,” or “Ethical Achievements of the American Left.”
This volume also contains historic photographs of America’s great Democratic Party leaders, making it well worth the cover price of $8.99. Not yet available for Kindle or Kindle Fire.
Eddie Zipperer is an assistant professor of political science at Georgia Military College and a regular LifeZette contributor.