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Book Review: The Best Looking One Always Wins by Ryil Adamson

In honor of the Fourth of July here in America, I’m bringing you an exploration of politics and political elections throughout history. It’s as much a “history of America” book as any I’ve read lately, with snark and goofiness thrown in for good measure (and couldn’t we all use more of THAT in American politics lately? – she said, tongue firmly planted in cheek). Enjoy – and then go outside, have a picnic, barbecue, go to a parade, or do something patriotic!

This is a cute look at American politics and elections with a humorous theoretical twist – that the best looking candidate is always the winner. It’s set up as a study that begins because of the author’s concerns about the 2016 presidential election, and from there runs throughout the history of American presidential elections.

The theory itself is, actually, an interesting one – particularly given modern political experience – and was what originally drew me to the book. I must confess that I found it to be a little too cutesy for my taste after a while – it read like it was primarily targeted at a high school or younger audience, through the repeated casual language and silly asides/slants. It may have been intended as such, and it wasn’t a bad thing, just wasn’t to my taste in such repetition. The history was very entertaining (there are a lot of presidents in the early-middle bits of American history about whom I did not know very much) and provided a great overview of political developments since the birth of our Nation though, and I give the author a lot of credit for coming up with a gimmick that has the potential to draw different, unexpected, audiences to this particular avenue of Americana.

My review copy was provided by NetGalley.

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