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It's somewhat rare to see an entire grassroots political organization listed as the author of a book but it's perfectly in keeping with the spirit of both MoveOn.org and this handbook on civic activism authored by some of the group's members. It features 50 short chapters (one or two pages each in most cases) authored by non-celebrities from all walks of life who took it upon themselves to change the world. Some of the ideas are ambitious, as in the case of a liberal-minded Texan who decided the best way to make his views known was to run against Republican stalwart Tom DeLay in the GOP primary. Others are much simpler: write a letter to the editor, sign a petition, or go to a rally. But even in those seemingly obvious tactics, there are interesting techniques offered that could make a simple act a much more effective one. Included in each tip are bullet-pointed tips from MoveOn organizers to help the reader translate the idea into real action. While MoveOn is certainly not the first group to suggest simple steps to change the world, this volume scores points for it's concise editing and populist authorship. It's not a book to curl up with in front of the fire, it's meant to be thrown into a backpack or purse on the way to the next protest, campaign rally, or discussion group. The slant, like the organization itself, is a liberal one but the writers generally stop short of expanding on their political beliefs, choosing instead to focus on what those beliefs inspired them to do with their time and energy. Brief interstitial essays by notables such as Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi introduce sections of the book, providing expert gravity without detracting from the common person message. --John Moe
Fifty members of the online activist group MoveOn.org provide tips on how to take political action in this inspiring audiobook, which is impressive not only because of the breadth of its suggestions, but also because 42 of the 50 contributors lend their own voices to the recording. Although this makes for an uneven listening experience, as not all of the contributors possess velvet voices, it drives home the audiobook's message: that people of all ages, races and income levels can make a difference. The essays—which cover everything from starting an online petition and hosting a political salon to writing letters to congress and organizing a political book club—each end with a set of "action tips" summarizing the steps the writer took in achieving his/her goals. The most useful component of this audiobook, however, may be its enhanced CD features. Those with access to a computer can browse these "action tips" and link directly to any Web sites mentioned in the material.
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Interesting but disheartening. I should think that reading the great Greek and Roman thinkers and philosphers or perhaps the writings of the founding fathers would be more honest a... Read morePublished on March 18, 2011 by sandy
Now that many citizens and denizens are feeling better about our country, this is the opportune juncture to take action to carry on the winning wonder of the election. Read morePublished on February 13, 2009 by 'amerye'
The reason I purchased this book was because of the 1 star reviews. I felt that the majority of them were simply efforts at anonymously posting their mad dog patriotic views. Read morePublished on September 11, 2005 by Douglas Henry
Reading other reviews where people rated this book as, "Good, but nothing new that I didn't know already", I noticed that many of them claimed that they are already involved in... Read morePublished on March 31, 2005 by Ready for a
I've worked as the director of a political nonprofit and had to deal with the tactics of MoveOn. Here's basically what they do: They decide to have an action (e.g. Read morePublished on February 14, 2005 by Traveler
Let's start with the bad, and get that out of the way.
In hindsight I had higher expectation of this book than were reasonable. Read more
First off, I have to say I really appreciate Moveon's tremendous grassroots efforts to get all American's voices heard. Read morePublished on December 14, 2004 by Gen Res
I enjoyed this book and I would also recommend "The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear". Read morePublished on December 6, 2004 by Carmen J. Lopez