Book Launch Event! Daniel G. Newman and George O'Connor present UNRIG: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy

07/08/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy is a new, nonfiction graphic novel by Daniel G. Newman with art by George O’Connor outlining key problems in American democracy, proven solutions, and stories of activists working to effect change. The book documents the corrosive influence of money in politics, gerrymandering, voter suppression, the failings of the electoral college, flaws in our current voting methods and more — and how to fix them, in a format that makes the content widely accessible. 


Join author Daniel G. Newman and NYT Bestselling illustrator George O'Connor for the official launch event of Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy. Join the chat on Wednesday, July 8th at 7pm on Instagram Live @wordbookstores


"Unrig is, simply, the unmissable book. Daniel Newman—a national treasure and a tireless defender of democracy—explains in graphic style and easy-to-follow language, how democracy’s tools are made ‘boring’ and opaque on purpose—how the system undermines candidates who just want to serve the people—and, most inspiringly of all, what we can all do to fix this. This should be required reading (and luckily, it’s engaging, powerful reading) for every student and every citizen."
—Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The Beauty Myth and The End of America



An intriguing and accessible nonfiction graphic novel about the role wealth and influence play in American democracy.

Despite our immense political divisions, Americans are nearly united in our belief that something is wrong with our government: It works for the wealthy and powerful, but not for anyone else. Unrig exposes the twisted roots of our broken democracy and highlights the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to We the People.

This stirring nonfiction graphic novel by democracy reform leader Daniel G. Newman and artist George O’Connor takes readers behind the scenes—from the sweaty cubicles where senators dial corporate CEOs for dollars, to lavish retreats where billionaires boost their favored candidates, to the map rooms where lawmakers scheme to handpick their voters. Unrig also highlights surprising solutions that limit the influence of big money and redraw the lines of political power.

If you're overwhelmed by negative news and despairing for the direction of our country, Unrig is a tonic that will restore your faith and reveal the path forward to fix our broken democracy.

Excerpt chapters are available on the influence of the Koch network and radical billionaires on our democracy, the history and failures of the Electoral College, and the outsized influence of money in politics. For more information, visit 



Daniel G. Newman is a national expert on government accountability and money in politics. He is president and co-founder of MapLight, a nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes transparency and political reform, earning a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, a Library Journal Best Reference award, and a Webby Award nomination for Best Politics Website. Newman has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including CNN, CBS, MSNBC, FOX Business, and NPR. He led a ballot measure campaign establishing public funding of elections in Berkeley, California, and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. Newman received an MA in political psychology from U.C. Berkeley and a BA from Brown, and was a Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


George O’Connor is a New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of the Olympians series as well as the graphic novels Journey into Mohawk Country and Ball Peen Hammer. His next major project is Asgardians, a four-volume exploration of Norse mythology in comics form, coming soon from First Second. In addition to his graphic novel career, O’Connor has published several children’s picture books. He lives in Brooklyn with his three cats—two evil, one slightly less so. You can learn more about his works at



"Dramatic and inspiring tales of champions of democracy fighting for and implementing practical solutions. It’s a great read—with important lessons for any citizen who gives a damn."
—David Corn, Washington bureau chief, Mother Jones

"By clearly illustrating the toughest problems that threaten our system of government, Unrig has the potential to be this generation’s most influential book on American democracy. It is a must read."
—Spencer Overton, author of Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression

"Everyone knows that our democracy is broken, but what’s less clear is how we got into this mess and what we should do about it. Newman’s Unrig explains both in an accessible and entertaining way, leaving the reader equipped and inspired to get involved in unrigging our democracy and putting it to work for people and the planet."
—Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

"This cogent plea for democracy is fueled with an urgency that should initiate debate and inspire action." —Publishers Weekly



UNRIG is the first book in First Second's World Citizen Comics Series- a bold line of nonfiction graphic novels designed to educate, entertain, and empower the citizens of tomorrow. You can view a preview trailer for the full graphic novel series here:



Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy (World Citizen Comics) Cover Image
By Daniel G. Newman, George O'Connor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250295309
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: First Second - July 7th, 2020

An intriguing and accessible nonfiction graphic novel about the role wealth and influence play in American democracy.