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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Polipoint Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981709176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981709178
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In 50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America, Michael Huttner and Jason Salzman have given us a practical handbook on how every American can do something for our country. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in making a difference and helping President Obama get our nation back on track."
--Senator Edward M. Kennedy

"Paul Simon gave us 50 ways to leave your lover. Huttner and Salzman give us 50 ways to leave your country a better place. A remarkably useful resource."
--Arianna Huffington, Founder and Editor in Chief, The Huffington Post

"The historic election of President Obama marks a new chapter in American history, but it's only the beginning. This book offers every American straightforward ways to help bring real, lasting change."
--Congress Woman Donna F. Edwards

"This up-to-date guide for the hands-on activist is a must-have blueprint for every supporter who answered Barack Obama's phrase, `Fired up,' with `Ready to go!"
--Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, Founder, Daily Kos

"Obama is an opportunity, not our solution. He'll succeed in Washington only if we the people get organized, hit the streets, and demand change. This book explains how you can do your part."
--Ben Cohen, Co-Founder, Ben and Jerry's

"The last election was merely a first step. We must now bring that same enthusiasm and determination to bear in order to get our country back on the right track. This book is a road map for anyone looking to make a difference."
--Senator Russ Feingold

"Electing Barack Obama to the presidency is the beginning of the journey, not the end. The real agenda is not to have a Democrat in the White House but to give ordinary Americans some say again. Huttner and Salzman show how we can do that."
--Governor Howard Dean

"Barack Obama made public service `cool.' 50 Ways will help make it effective. Whatever your personal call to service, 50 Ways has the resources you need to make a difference."
--Christine Pelosi, Campaign Boot Camp: 
Basic Training for Future Leaders

"During his campaign, Obama empowered all of us to take part in initiating change, and it's imperative that we keep that momentum going by involving the next generation. This book is a great resource to encourage young people to embrace their civic responsibilities."
--Jessica Alba

"The 2008 election promised change, but achieving it means actively helping President Obama champion a progressive agenda. This book is a road map. Use it to help the president make that agenda a reality."
--David Sirota, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the 
Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington

"If you were one of the 69,492,376 Americans who voted for Barack Obama, your work has just begun. Huttner and Salzman envision 50 practical steps you can take to revive our economy, reclaim our environment, and renew our democracy."
--Paul Begala, CNN Political Analyst

"Obama's presidency has laid the foundation for enormous change, but change is not possible without the support of the American people. This book provides a blueprint to build a cleaner, healthier, and more economically just future for all."
--Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green For All

"I've witnessed the success of many of these strategies used by Huttner and Salzman in Colorado. Now they are sharing their wisdom with the entire country."
--Congressman Jared Polis

"Obama's election proved that Americans from all backgrounds can work together to defy the odds and make history. Huttner and Salzman show us how to capitalize on that first step toward reclaiming America."
--Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director, Voto Latino

About the Author

Michael Huttner is the Executive director of ProgressNow and ProgressNowAction in Denver, Colorado. He is adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver, where he teaches legislation and lobbying. He has served as private political consultant and a policy advisor to Governor Roy Romer.


President of Effect Communications and board chairman of Rocky Mountain Media Watch, Jason Salzman is the former media critic for the Rocky Mountain News, author of Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits and co-author of 50 Ways You Can Show George Bush the Door. He has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Journal on Press and Politics, Newsweek, Sierra, Utne Reader, and more.

More About the Author

Michael Huttner
Founder and CEO, ProgressNow

Michael Huttner is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ProgressNow a cutting-edge web-based advocacy organization with affiliates in California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. Huttner started ProgressNow with his list of 700 email addresses in 2003 and now the ProgressNow partner states combined membership exceeds 2.2 million individuals.

He is the author of the recently published book "50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America."

As a private political consultant Huttner helped spearhead Colorado's legislative efforts in 2004. He has taught Legislation and Lobbying as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law.

Before going into private practice, Huttner worked as Policy Advisor to Governor Roy Romer and before returning to Denver he clerked at the White House for the Office of the Counsel to the President.

Huttner earned his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. Huttner was chosen by The Denver Business Journal as one of the "Forty under 40" Leaders of Denver and by Denver's 5280 magazine as the "Top Up-and-Comer to Keep Your Eye On."

Huttner is married to Debbie Huttner, a lawyer by training who founded The Wellness Initiative to teach yoga in low-income schools; they live in Boulder with their three year old son Lee and two year old daughter Evy.

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Navigating the book is incredibly easy.
Aaron Silverstein
Great book, makes it crystal clear that the change we all voted for is US.
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This is a great book for young activists.
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60 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Jacob F. Keller on September 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Truly inspiring and helpful for the young political activist in your family. It kept both my sons engaged and interested in doing more in their school and community. It talks about a lot of the complicated issues without dumbing everything down nor does it champion a particular cause or ideology. It simply aims to make the average American more involved in the political arena and in their community just like the President did in the suburbs of Chicago.

If you enjoyed "Audacity of Hope" or "Dreams of my Father" this is another must have. The President needs our help and after working as a volunteer in 2008, I know the average Joe really can make a HUGE impact and can help continue putting this country back on track.
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I am a true President Obama fan and I was very interested in his thoughts on how an average American can help change our great country. Some interesting ideas were discussed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Eff on October 5, 2009
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A great book for people of convictions, but without prior experience in political action. Lots of simple choices for the person who is concerned about the control aof our country, and therefore our lives and how to change things to benefit the working people. Directions on hvow to take action and quit just frustrated complaining.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dragonfly on November 18, 2009
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I found this to be an easy to read, well laid out directory of options for those seeking to better America through volunteerism. I gave it 4 stars because I felt the inclusion of Obama's name in the title made it unnecessarily partisan, as evidenced by the mental midgets who did nothing but post fake "reviews" just to try and bring down the book's overall rating. If they'd bothered to actually READ it, they would have seen that there are options for everyone, regardless of political ideology. If you're interested in working the political side of things, there are links to both the Democratic AND Republican parties. If you want to honor our veterans, there are links to the VA, USO and other organizations that focus on them. If you are concerned about the state of education, you can find information on ways to mentor or tutor young people, etc. This book would have been better titled, "50 Ways You Can Help Change America" because that's what it is, regardless of who you'd like to see running the country. If you are someone who actually wants to take action and make things better instead of sitting around whining and expecting everyone else to fix things, this book is for you.

Or you can just write fake book reviews.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Luna on October 2, 2009
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Well written, better than I thought it was going to be. It offers concrete examples of how to help our nation. I loved reading every page of this book and I am excited to help our president get this country back on the right track!
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Silverstein on September 16, 2009
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Michael Huttner and Jason Salzman weren't going for "timeless", they wanted "timely" and that is exactly what they produced.

New activists borne in with the Obama wave have wanted a way to get more involved, and Huttner's book focuses them on what can be done right now. Each of its chapters looks at a different element of the Obama agenda, starts with a quote from the President, provides the data that underpins the policy, breaks down the importance of the issue, and then points the reader towards hundreds of resources and organizations.

Its admirable specificity comes at the expense of its shelf life. Getting Sotomayor confirmed is already behind us, this iteration of the health care wars might be gone by October, and the landscape around the Employee Free Choice Act is likely to shift before long. But this book was not intended to sit on a shelf. Every good community organizer should have it in her backpack so she has a ready answer for, "How can I help?"

It is a book made for new media. The resources given are almost entirely in the form of well annotated URLs, and cover a fair range of voices. Readers interested in energy independence are directed towards eight different plans from Van Jones to the Sierra Club to T. Boone Pickens. While the viewpoint is clearly progressive, the book understands the breadth of Obama's coalition. The authors do not attempt to differentiate the plans, nor lobby for a particular approach, they just invite the reader to taste from each and follow their own passion. It is a very modern hypertext approach.

In a testament to the skills of the authors, the free electronic form has translated to the printed page in a way that never becomes overwhelming. Navigating the book is incredibly easy.
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62 of 110 people found the following review helpful By no deadline reviewer on August 23, 2009
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I went door-to-door for Obama during the campaign, but I pretty much dropped out of the political process after he was elected. Partly, I didn't know what to do and partly I was burned out. Now, I'm ready to start being active again. It's just so infuriating to see our new President under such unwarrented and ignorant attack. But I'm not sure I want to get into the political fray right now directly. That's why this book was so good for me. It lays out the range of ways to start getting active, from volunteering to protesting. It's interesting to see the options grouped together, as they are in the book. It helped me understand how little excuse I have for hiding the last six months and not doing anything for Obama.
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