BOOK REVIEW ON FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: HOUSE STYLE AND HOME STYLE

The book “Freshman orientation house style home style” by Edward I. Sidlow, an award winning educator, author and heralded as a political guru, who has also authored other famous books such as, “Challenging the Incumbent” and “America at odds,” as well as written articles in journals like “Policy Studies Review,” “Journal of law and politics,” “Journal of General Education,” “Western Political Quarterly” and “News for Teachers of Political Science” as well as “College Teaching.”

In 2009, Sidlow became an ‘Honors faculty member of the year’ at Eastern Michigan University and also won the award for Excellence by the same university’s Alumni Association. He is currently, an associate professor at Eastern Michigan University as well as the advisor to the Political Science Department of the same university.

The book is a text of one hundred and fifty-seven pages and is short, but that is one of the aspects about it that make it easy to read, digest and then ponder over, because it is read with interest, as one is not taxed to finish off a book that has more than five hundred pages or so.

The book simply and in a safe way, explains the upheavals candidates that have won the elections to become a U.S House representative have to mount and crush, in order to become a responsible, ethical and an organized, well-oriented representative. It follows the story of Michigan Republican, Joe Schwartz; the way he fought and gained an open seat in the 2004 election in the House of Representatives and the two years that followed his success.

The book is well organized and well sequenced, as Sidlow explains everything very plainly and in simple terms, the steps and the list of things that have to be carried out and accomplished by the winning candidates. He details the process of setting up offices in the district and offices in DC, the course of hiring staff that will aid them and heralds them in fulfilling their responsibilities, the difficult process of finding office space and equipment that will be advantageous and beneficial as well as the challenge of establishing a political enterprise. The simplicity of the text and terms used can even be understood by a layperson who is just curious about the process of what happens when a candidate wins the elections, which is also one of the good aspects about this book, that it is easily understood. It is a well descriptive work by the author that lacks details and an academic analysis as the author just relays but does not offer a critical analysis.

 

 

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