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Getting A Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want Paperback – March 30, 2010


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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Small Planet Media; Revised Edition edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979414237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979414237
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frances Moore Lappé is a democracy advocate and world food and hunger expert who has authored or co-authored 18 books, including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her most recent work, released by Nation Books in September 2011, is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, winner of a silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category. Jane Goodall called the book "powerful and inspiring. "Ecomind will open your eyes and change your thinking. I want everyone to read it," she said.

She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.

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Getting A Grip2 felt like a powerful hand pulling me out of bleakness.
Gloria J. Foster
If you are looking for real methods to create positive change then I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book.
Sam M.
Lappé offers a well-formulated way of seeing that I have gratefully embraced as a new way of engaging with reality.
B. Haynes

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Bumagin on March 14, 2010
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In her remarkable book, Getting a Grip 2, Frances Moore Lappé emphasizes the point that there is no "they." We, not "they", are responsible for what happens in our local and national communities, and blaming others for our problems doesn't help. Neither does it help to label ourselves bad or selfish, although we may be shortsighted at times, especially when it comes to focusing on sustainable solutions rather than short-term gratification. Throughout the book, Lappé describes conditions that get in our way (a sense of powerlessness, fear, anonymity and scapegoating, most especially), and she asks us to consider seeing the world from a different frame. She provides many examples of effective reframing taking place in communities around the world. When we feel powerless, we can either give into it or figure out ways to reclaim our power. We must, she says, face the discomfort of failing in order to find new frameworks. This takes courage. "Power" is redefined and expanded to mean "capacity to act; to be able."

Many ideas presented are not new to Lappé but they have been reworked to be relevant to what is going on in our country today. How have we come to be controlled by the richest 1% of the population? Why has public oversight of the market been so severely curtailed? The government and market, she argues, are not enemies. But to sustain competitive fair markets, rules must be created under democratic policies that are fair, inclusive and broadly representative. And there must be accountability.

As in previous works, Lappé highlights significant differences between what she calls "thin" and "living" democracy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Dinoto on March 30, 2010
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Frances Moore Lappé clearly has a grip on the civilian sentiment of our country judging by her latest book, Getting A Grip 2. Unlike many of the other books that I have read that discuss how we've reached the current political crises facing our country, Grip left me feeling empowered, rather than hopeless about our situation. I love the fact that Lappé highlights the positive elements of human nature! Especially in light of the recent threats towards members of Congress over the current health care reform, it is important to keep in perspective that we humans are just as capable of doing good as we are bad. This book is a must read for anybody who feels like they need to get a handle on the what is happening in our country right now and want to know what to they can do about it. Getting A Grip 2 is truly a book for our moment in history!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. Smith on July 23, 2010
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I really wanted to like this book, since I've always heard great things about Lappe. I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters--had to skim the rest and that was enough. She strikes me as viewing the world through pathologically rose-colored glasses. I say pathologically because there is a sort of happy-smiley positivity here that I find actually deeply insensitive to the suffering that is so rampant in the world today and also averse to the sort of conflict that needs to be recognized and dealt with, rather than avoided with overly cheerful simplistic empowerment. On the plus side, she does offer a compelling case for why the current model doesn't work--so there's certainly some acknowledgement of the negative realm--but looking forward she's just hugely one-sided in her cheery can-do optimism.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Haynes on April 9, 2010
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As a 21 year old student in South Africa I find Lappé's ideas incredibly energising. Lappé offers a well-formulated way of seeing that I have gratefully embraced as a new way of engaging with reality. This paradigm or 'lens' brings alive a remarkable synthesis of enthusiasm and realism. Lappé is a new realist, she identifies root causes of our quickening interconnected global crisis and offers powerful leverage for individuals to influence change. Getting a Grip 2 opens a space of possibility that this generation would do well to explore
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