"Describes the workings of a democratic government, including the differences between a constitutional monarchy, a parliamentary democracy, and a presidential democracy. Includes discussions on the benefits of direct and indirect democracies, points out weak points of democracy, and looks to the future of how other countries will continue to strive to be democratic."
Grades 5-8. The Systems of Government series provides an importance service: it explains the major types of governments in ways that are substantial yet don’t overwhelm. It’s no easy feat to explain the subject covered in Communism—while the ideal of the system is a lack of organized government, repressive governments have been its hallmark. Connolly deftly uses the history of communism and how it has evolved to make his points. The series is impressively up-to-date—see the discussions on France’s ban on burkas and the Arab Spring (though Kim Jong Il is depicted as still alive). Most important, the series is deeply thoughtful and well designed, with plenty of excellent pictures and sidebars, and it stretches itself at every turn to suggest to readers what the future holds for various systems of government.