What We Think: Young Voters Speak Out

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In this timely and provocative anthology of essays, poems and photographs, American college students who represent a wide geographical and political spectrum, speak out about politics and social issues. They provide insights into young voters’ views and attitudes on a host of topics including: the war in Iraq, the morality of armed conflict, affirmative action and the draft, gender equality and the place of organized religion in the political arena. This original, collective work was developed by two undergraduates eager to provide a "voice" for the 34 million Americans who fall between the ages of 18-24. They help dispel the commonly held view that this young generation of Americans is apathetic and affirm that their peers are indeed independent thinking adults.

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Rob Grabow recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gonzaga University with a degree in finance. He has an avid interest in politics and enjoys skiing and basketball. Dean Robbins is a senior mechanical engineering major at Gonzaga University. He enjoys reading and fantasy baseball.

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Grade 10 Up–After reading this wide selection of passionate outpourings, readers will be much less likely to think of the current crop of 18- to 34-year-old voters as apathetic, though some will seem mindless or ill-informed. College students Robbins and Grabow collected more than 300 essays by sending out appeals on the Internet, and compiled 99 of them into thematic categories: "Presidency and Public Policy," "Social Reflections," "Partisanship and the Election," and "Our Generation." Most are quite short and to the point, though the concluding essay generalizes about the "Y" generation for eight interminable pages. Some selections are well thought out and cogently stated, while others rant from various political orientations. Libertarians and Bush Republicans are well represented, as are Kerry Democrats and a few Greens. Some of the more effective pieces include a libertarian argument against conscription, a poem expressing the need for same-sex relationships using a metaphor of calling a fish a cat, and an evangelical Christian's statement that "Jesus is non-partisan." The only illustrations are a few black-and-white photographs and a grayscale reproduction of a painting. Given its subject matter, this book will likely appeal to only the most politically active teenagers, but high school and college teachers will likely find it useful for assignments in civics and current events. They might also recommend Paul R. Loeb's Generation at the Crossroads (Rutgers Univ., 1995), which describes activism among the previous generation of students.–Jonathan Betz-Zall, City University Library, Everett, WA
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