cover image How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics

How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics

Lauren Duca. Simon & Schuster, $26 (192p) ISBN 978-1-5011-8163-4

In this inspiring guide, journalist Duca considers the changes in the American political landscape after Donald Trump’s election, as more and more young people take direct political action. Noting that a Pew Research report finds “young people now comprise the nation’s largest voting bloc,” she explores this shift, drawing on interviews with young adults such as Rebecca Davis, who launched the program Rally+Rise in 2016 and helped overturn abortion restrictions in New York State, and Laura and David Hogg, brother-and-sister activists for gun control from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. She also argues that U.S. schools are failing to adequately educate children on civics and excoriates the “political-industrial complex” that stymies the electoral process with “crappy, binary choices” between two parties beholden to donors and lobbyists. She also shares some personal experiences, including being interviewed (and insulted) by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson after publishing a critical article about Trump in Teen Vogue, and becoming temporarily estranged from her Republican parents after the 2016 election. Duca’s conversational prose (she refers to a minor factory accident injury as “seriously some Upton Sinclair shit”) and clear passion for equality allow her to galvanize without preaching. This call to action will resonate even with those who are not already involved in progressive politics. Agent: Monika Woods, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)