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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Reeder Pub; 2nd edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965521818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965521819
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mason has been a Congressional Aid, Government Contract Specialist and Business owner. He served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and received the Vietnam Service medal with one Bronze star. After approximately 2800 pounds of steel and iron plates fell on him while on active duty in San Diego, California, the Navy classified him disabled and discharged him.

Mason found himself unable to perform the duties for which he had trained almost four years. He decided to retrain himself by going to college. Between 1972 and 1975 he received degrees from Merritt College in Oakland California and UC Berkeley. After graduation from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, he won a position with the US Department of Energy against 2,400 applicants for four job openings.

Between 1976 and 1980 he was promoted from a GS7 entry level employee to a Mid Level GS12, obtained a "confidential security clearance" and became a Senior Contract Specialist. He negotiated many multi-million dollar government contracts with major contractors, including TRW, General Dynamics, and General Electric.

In 1980 he resigned to become an entrepreneur, forming a private consulting company to assist businesses in obtaining and administering government contracts. He has consulted with many other companies on government and political issues. Mason has been the national and regional spokesperson for many groups and organizations. He is a noted conference speaker and guest lecture. Mason Weaver has appeared on national TV, cable and news programs. He is often contacted by national news organizations to comment on breaking stories.

Since January 1991, Mason has hosted a live call in radio program on a Southern California radio station. He recently took the program independent of the station and began to produce it himself. Mason forged ahead in this new field by producing, writing and researching the program. Press releases and personal appearances soon made him a sought after public speaker an lecturer.

His degree in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley, experience as a Congressional Aid, Federal Contract Specialist, teacher and entrepreneur give him a unique view of government and business. Mason Weaver is the author of "It's OK To Leave The Plantation". which discusses the social issues affecting us all.


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This book is an essential read for all Americans.
Philip
This is a great book and it shows people of all cultures and walks of life that they can make the American Dream work for them.
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To read this perspective from this black man who has lived this story gives a fresh look at life from his view.
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Steven Fantina on January 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Many observers across the political spectrum--from Harry Stein to Jeff Jacoby--have remarked on the courage of black conservatives. Such valor is on bold display throughout C. Mason Weaver's short treatise.
Mr. Weaver's story is not all that uncommon: young liberal comes face-to-face with reality as he matures and suddenly realizes he is a conservative after all. However, such tergiversations are not permitted within the Black community--or at least not among self-appointed Black spokesmen nor the entrenched bureaucracies that survive on keeping racial hostility simmering. It is precisely this perpetual anger that Mr. Weaver defines as one of the most damaging detriments affecting the liberal Black "leaders." He unabashedly proclaims that "we should celebrate the victory instead of nagging about the need for the war."
There seems to be no taboo fact that he is unwilling to state. A proud and thoughtful Republican, he does not see the appellation "Party of the Rich" as a pejorative. He bluntly offers, "the Democrats were always taking from those mean `rich' people to help the poor...(while) the Republicans wanted as many of us wealthy as possible." He dismisses the fabricated Kwanzaa as "a make believe story full of errors and falsehoods,' but strongly advocates celebrating legitimate historical days of importance to the Black Community like Martin Luther King's Day. Such valid occasions are important to ALL Americans. He is unafraid about bringing up the true racism of certain liberal icons. Like the equally brilliant Reverend Jesse Lee Petersen, he openly discusses the prejudice of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger whose opinions earned her accolades in Nazi Germany.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jose Rivera Merla on October 16, 2003
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These it's not only for black americans, but to latin people too, we have too much to think from here.
We in history instead of being a "slave" working in the plantations, were servants in a ranch, and being said that, the rest it's the same in our countries, the ones that feel "I deserve this, so you the goverment must give it to me", and the ones that "earn it".
I'm from Mexico and I found this book a must read for everyone that wants to leave the plantation, you don't need the goverment to take care of you, you just have to try it and take care of you by yourself.
I wish this book were translated to spanish, so a lot of hispanic people could read it, I think we have a lot in common with this book.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Paul on September 13, 2000
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As a Masters level professional therapist I have read hundreds of books on behavior, thought process, belief, and social policy. Mason's book is one of the most revolutionary, honest, and accurate books I have ever read. The sad thing is, the people who need to read this don't have the love for the truth or the guts to do so. This book changed me, changed the way I view politics, race, and social policy. Mason has the credibility and bold honesty to force you to think about some of the core beliefs that you have about life in the US, hence the word revoulutionary. Now one of my top 5 favorite books ever. Mason is one of those rare individuals who is so deeply aware of racial and social truths that he is compelled to share them with everyone out of his love for this great country of ours. I have seen Mason speak publicly, met him personally, and believe him to be one of the greatest patriots the United States has ever produced. Inspirational. Thank you, Mason.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
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...if more people had the common sense and itelligence Mr. Weaver has.(but then all the liberal political leeches would be out of a job) This was an excellent book, I couldn't put it down. Mr. Weaver articulates how much better America could be if more people would start to think for themselves, understand the issues, and not just follow the usual suspects (Jackson, Waters, Clinton, etc.). He also points out where we are headed as a society if we don't reverse the course we are headed on. Multiculturalism could very well lead to the downfall of this great country, unless all come together and and develop as one American culture and society.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen K. Melonakos on January 19, 1999
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I heard several people call in on talk radio, saying that this book had changed their lives for the better. So I purchased it, and was well rewarded. The author, C. Mason Weaver, is a former civil rights activist who graduated from Berkeley in political science, and now is an author, talk show host, lecturer and commentator. He explains in the book how and why he evolved from liberalism to conservatism. He surveys black history with an eye towards how his people have overcome tremendous adversity. He explains why he thinks so many blacks have now become stuck in the "plantation mentality," promoted by liberal Democrats, and how this is holding them back. With a tremendous amount of wit and wisdom, the author explains how blacks can and should take advantage of the victories of the civil rights movement, and be truly free. He also discusses many of the other political and social ideas being debated today. I have to say I sometimes wondered if some of his statistics were right to do with abortion, and I had never heard some of the claims about Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. But what Mr. Weaver says may be true. I imagine he would be quite an engaging speaker. One of his memorable quotes: "If you are engaged in an intellectual debate and reduce your opponent to name calling, you have won."
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