After a lovely Thanksgiving break, we were back to the parts of the government. This week, it was the legislative branch. I found a series of books at the library, all about how the government works. These included How Congress Works: A Look at the Legislative Branch by Ruth Tenzer Feldman, A Balancing Act: A Look at Checks and Balances by Kathiann M. Kowalski, and Making Laws: A Look at How a Bill Becomes a Law by Sandy Donovan. These are each about 50 pages long, with a combination of text, photos, and sidebars. It’s not something you’ll read easily in a day, but has lots of information about how Congress works.
I also picked up 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. It’s amazing the cool books you can find when you wander about the library. The subtitle on the cover explains the premise of the book: “Here’s the American history nobody knows–everything you won’t learn from politically correct history books and professors.” It’s a pretty straight description of facts. I will admit I was hoping for a bit more humor in the writing. It does cover a wide time period – everything from did the Iroquois Confederacy influence the U.S. Constitution to did Bill Clinton stop a genocide in Kosovo. The chapters jump around in no discernible order, but do provide quite a variety of topics.
Next week, it’s the judicial system to finish off the branches of the government.
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