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“Bernie Sanders is such a rarity, and people should appreciate what he’s doing not just for his home state of Vermont, but for the reputation of all politicians in general.” —Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

“A rare oratorical tour de force.” —U.S. News and World Report

“A progressive hero.” —Washington Post

About the Author

Senator Bernie Sanders is the longest-serving Independent in the history of the United States Congress. He has represented Vermont in the Senate for four years and in the House for sixteen years. He served four terms as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, during which time the city was recognized as one of the most livable cities in America.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568586841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568586847
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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143 of 152 people found the following review helpful By David Studhalter on March 8, 2011
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Bernie Sanders tells it like it is. He is the only real representative of the interests of ordinary people in the Senate today. He lays out, not only how the specific proposal at issue (whether to pass President Obama's lopsided compromise with the Republicans wherein the Democratic caucus acquiesced in incredibly foolish, economically destructive, and pro-elitist extension of tax cuts for the rich and uber-rich demanded by the Republicans, but got precious little in return) was a really, really bad idea, but how for years the Republicans, and far too many fellow traveling Democrats, have sold out the interests of their middle class and working class constituents in favor of the 2 Party Dictatorship of the Rich and Corporations that now rules the United States.

Hooray for Bernie Sanders. If only we had 100 of him in the Senate.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Eric Selby on April 2, 2011
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Before purchasing this book, the reader should be aware that this book is exactly what it says it is: the well-known--and for some of us the much respected--speech progressive Senator Bernie Sanders delivered on the Senate floor back in December. So if you are not interested in reading what he said, then you certainly don't want to buy this book. However, if you, like me, are a great admirer of Senator Sanders and would like to be more informed about why he is against so much of what is being enacted in Congress, then by all means buy the book.
In the introduction he says that the reader will experience redundancies, purposeful ones, because, after all, it is "the speech." And the senator wanted to keep hitting on cerain points such as the complete unfairness of extending the tax breaks to the filthy rich in this country. And since it is a speech, the syntax is what one should expect of a speaker. Those who have heard him speak--I once lived in Vermont and voted for him every chance I could--can almost hear that Brooklyn accent as we progress through his well articulated points.
By the way, know this, too, if you purchase the book. And I quote from the book: "All authorial proceeds of this book will go to charitable, non-profit organizations in the State of Vermont--mostly relating to the needs of children."
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86 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on March 11, 2011
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Sen. Sanders will be remembered in the history books for his warnings about the new Gilded Age we are experiencing. Both parties are responsible for the corporate theft that has taken place since 1980. Hopefully more people will wake up and realize that we must become active and say enough. I am ashamed that President Obama would call a press conference to deflect attention from this speech. Senator Sanders please continue to fight for us, we are praying for you.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By LoneWolf on March 13, 2011
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I agree with the other two reviewers.
The senater speaks with much common sense
and I fear is a dying bread in the senate
and house. We need more like him to
represent the needs of the middle class.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sean Howell on June 6, 2011
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Senator Sanders brings up some quite frankly alarming points about class inequality in our country. The sections dealing with foreign trade policy and the bank bailouts were particularly astounding. It's disturbing to think that the correct solutions to some of our problems are so blatantly obvious, yet monied interests have little to no problem getting their way at the expense of the American taxpayer.

The format of the book somewhat reduced its message in my opinion. There's the repetition (which is acknowledged in the foreword and understandable in a speech), but what bothered me the most is the lack of references or citations for various facts and figures the Senator gives. Again, understandable in a speech, but I'm always wary of facts and figures thrown out without any reference. That said, most of the figures the Senator gives are referenced. I would think, however, that references could have been added to the book where needed. I would love to see the same ideas further researched and fleshed out in book format.

It has definitely piqued my interest in reading further on the subjects touched on in the book. Seems like we need more of Senator Sanders!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By camach on April 17, 2011
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Everyone needs to read this publication to fully grasp the lack of media attention that has been paid to the ever-increasing income gap between the super-rich and everyone else. If you consider yourself upper-middle class because your income is six figures, but below $250,000.00 a year, wake up. You are being left in the dust.

Facts: according to the GAO, between 1998 & 2005, two out of every three corporations in America paid no Federal income taxes; in 2009, the top 25 hedge fund managers made a combined $25 billion in income, but Congress can't see its way clear to grant $250.00 in COLA checks to senior citizens and disabled veterans; during the Bush presidency, the wealthiest 400 families had their income more than double while their income tax rates dropped by almost half between 1995 and 2007; the US currently has more people in jail than China. During the eight years of the Bush presidency we had private sector job loss in this country. You're in the Tea Party and you think Paul Ryan's budget plan is a good idea? Be careful what you wish for - you just may get it.
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This book consists of the written text of the famous "filibuster" speech that Senator Bernie Sanders gave in the United States Senate on December 10, 2010.

The speech lasted for eight and one half hours. It came about because Senator Sanders, the well-known Independent Senator from the State of Vermont, was upset by the deal made by President Obama to continue the Bush era tax cuts. So he decided to draw some attention to the situation, and he proceeded to talk for over eight hours.

There are different versions of this book offered on Amazon, and I wanted to point out the slight differences between them, as well as make potential purchasers aware that it is not necessary to purchase either book if you want to get the text of the speech:

- the edition printed by Pacific Publishing Studio, for example, consists only of the official text of the speech as it was given on the Senate floor. The publisher has simply taken the public domain speech and bound and printed it as a paperback book. (There is also at least one other similar edition offered on Amazon but not linked to this page).

- the edition printed by Nation Books is (I think I am safe to say) the "official" edition in that it includes an introduction written by Senator Sanders, and he notes in his introduction that he has taken the opportunity to correct some minor factual errors made in the speech, and also to add transitional words to link sentences that make sense orally but not in the written version. Strictly speaking, this version of the speech is therefore not 100% identical to the speech as given in the Senate.
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