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Blue Jeans in High Places, The Coming Makeover of American Politics by Mike McCabe

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Blue Jeans in High Places is both a hunt for lost political treasure and a how-to guide for nursing American democracy back to health. The book details how our political culture has become diseased while at the same time dispelling the cynical view that politics has always been like it is today and always will be. And it prescribes a groundbreaking cure. Identifying distinguishable periods during which the nation's ruling class employed different instruments of social, economic and political control, author Mike McCabe brings readers to terms with the troubling reality that we face another historic moment when democracy in America is giving way to oligarchy and gives this dismal period a name that captures its essence. The book reaches back to episodes from the past that speak powerfully to what our response could be to the current condition of American democracy. Tales of crooked political dealings, enterprising leaders, and remarkable outcomes produced by dirt-poor unlettered men and women compel us to compare and contrast their predicament with our own. And we are left with little choice but to acknowledge that conditions like today's have been faced before... and overcome. Blue Jeans in High Places spells out six steps citizens can take today to get back in the driver's seat of our government. American politics is overdue for some extensive renovation. This book is about where it will happen, who will do it, and how.


"In this politically dispiriting time we live in, Mike McCabe is a ray of hope. There is no shortage of writing about what has gone haywire in our democracy. Mike's book not only describes in vivid detail how things got so fouled up, it offers a way out. It supplies much-needed hope, but even more importantly, it provides a blueprint for building a movement to restore citizens' power." --Academy Award nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water; co-producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine)

About the Author

Mike McCabe brings a farming background and a professional lifetime of experience in politics, journalism, public sector management and nonprofit leadership to his work as executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group that tracks the money in state politics, exposes government corruption and works for reforms that make people matter more than money in politics. Under Mike‰۪s leadership, the Democracy Campaign was recognized by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and the Society of Professional Journalists as the Citizen Openness Advocate of the Year for 2012. Mike is one of Wisconsin's leading whistle blowers and is among the nation's best political money trackers. His efforts have attracted the attention of national news networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, NPR and Al-Jazeera English, as well as newspapers including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Wall Street Journal, and magazines such as Time and New Yorker. Among the many media organizations citing Mike's work or quoting him in their stories are national news services such as The Associated Press, Bloomberg News, McClatchy and Reuters, as well as online political news sites like,, and Huffington Post. A much sought-after public speaker, Mike has made more than 1,400 presentations to a wide range of audiences over the course of his career.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Little Creek Press. A Division of Kristin Mitchell Design, LLC; First edition (August 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989978400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989978408
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces