Take Back Your Government

Take Back Your Government
Publication date:1946
Preceded by:Dance Session
Followed by:The Witch’s Daughter
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“Take Back Your Government!: A Practical Handbook for the Private Citizen Who Wants Democracy to Work” was an early work by Robert A. Heinlein. It was published in 1992 after his death in 1988.

A new edition was published in 2012, with an introduction by Heinlein biographer William H. Patterson, Jr.


Originally entitled How to Be a Politician, the book was written in 1946 but never found a publisher, perhaps due to excess candor. Like so many of Heinlein’s works, he wrote what he knew. In this case, he based the work on his experience in California politics in the 1930s, particularly his efforts on behalf of Upton Sinclair’s “End Poverty in California” (EPIC) movement and Sinclair’s attempt to become the Democratic nominee for governor of California in 1934.

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Take Back Your Government