Mitchell, Brian P. 2007. Eight Ways To Run the Country: A New And Revealing Look At Left And Right. Connecticut: Praeger Publishers. Everyone interested in politics and political debate - especially in the US context should read this book. It might not be perfect, but it explains the American political landscape better than anything I've ever read before. What's always driven me mad was the idiotic and systematic separation of issues and people into 'liberal(s) vs. conservative(s)'. It has never made sense to me and seemed more harmful than anything else - especially to debate and problem-solving. This books helps you understand that people are not simply either liberals or conservatives - that there are many more outlooks out there - many more shades of gray - among general population as well as our politicians. The book also gives you and insight into where you yourself stand on the vast political spectrum - you might find some surprising truths about yourself as well as your favorite/most despised politicians. It is more than a worthy read and it would benefit every single person on this board. PS: I read this book for my senior seminar.