3 out of 4 stars
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The Red Wave Imperative is a discussion of politics. The theme of its content is that politicians and voters seek to put America before politics. Alan Schein feels this sentiment qualifies Donald Trump as the Citizen’s President. For a man that members of both parties shunned in 2016, the title is arguably fitting. Pitfalls of Democrats and Republicans alike are shared, but the biggest issue discussed here is Socialism and the perceivable dangers that history has seen come with it countless times.
Reading this book, one will often see this work geared towards a Republican audience and the Independents that might be persuaded to lean rightwards next election. However, there is some take away for a Democrat audience. The main idea for them to take to heart is to not behave as poorly as those they seek to oppose. After all, there were some horrifying remarks of celebrities that qualify as extreme—on the level of wishing harm on innocent relatives as a means to show disdain for an enemy candidate. A sampling of such comments are displayed in this book.
Chapters of this book are setup similar to a history book, and it works well for the subject matter. Another advantage of this book is its inclusion of foreign countries and the lessons they offer as a result of their governing styles. This gives Mr. Schein some credibility towards being seen as objective, which is good for a book with the claim that everyone should read through it and even do so before they make up their minds on who to vote for in the next election.
Of course, there are cons too. Personally, every time there was a table with a leading yes or no answer question and then boxes to mark your decision, I became an irritated reader. All these questions were tied to a survey from the same website, which leaves the question: Why not post a link, at the book’s end, to type into a web browser so the reader can look at all the questions together, if they so choose? Furthermore, the material still favors Republican politics, and the sources at the end seem questionable, especially since most are only sited in the end notes section. Of course, less in text citations flows better.
In sum, I give this title a 3 out of 4 stars. I didn’t encounter any mistakes missed by the editor, but perfect editing isn’t everything. The balance of examining all sides for their strengths and weaknesses was off. Logical points were made, but there wasn’t enough objectivity to totally denounce the feeling of this being a pro-Trump propaganda piece.
Red Wave Imperative
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