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Youth to Power: How Today's Young Voters Are Building Tomorrow's Progressive Majority
Youth to Power: How Today's Young Voters Are Building Tomorrow's Progressive Majority
by Michael Connery
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, Insightful History of Emerging Movement, March 6, 2008
Mike Connery is well-placed to write the history of the emerging progressive youth movement. He has, after all, been near the heart of it almost since its birth in the years preceding the '04 election.

Youth to Power is an engaging history of the lessons, mis-steps, and huge successes of the dozens of organizations and thousands of grassroots leaders across the country who comprise the new progressive movement.

This book is a recommended read for anyone working in youth politics -- and anyone who wants to figure out how a progressive majority is possible in America.


X Out of Wonderland: A Saga
X Out of Wonderland: A Saga
by David Allan Cates
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Humorous Journey, September 29, 2005
Cates does an interesting job of poking fun at the "global free market" and those who believe in it. When bad times fall on the eponymous protagonist, he embraces his newfound freedom. Eventually, though, it becomes clear that much of the economic success and failure has nothing to do with optimism and everything to do with luck.

The farce is great. The understanding of how the global economy works and the origins of our market system is sublime.


Hot Fuss
Hot Fuss
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80's Live, November 17, 2004
This review is from: Hot Fuss (Audio CD)
The Killers have put together an excellent contemporary post-punk album. I first got hooked on the single "Somebody Told Me" and held off buying the album as I was unconvinced the rest could be filled with the pop-goodness. To my surprise it was. Personal favorites include "Jenny was a friend of mine" and "Everything will be all right"


The Brothers K
The Brothers K
by David James Duncan
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strike Out Looking and Smiling, November 14, 2004
This review is from: The Brothers K (Paperback)
Putting down a good book and thinking is common. When I finished, The Brothers K just left me smiling (I felt rather like Irwin Chance). Through the weaving narratives of a family of eight (and their love interests, distant relations, and pets), David James Duncan tells a story of people, of place (mostly Eastern Washington), of an era (the '60s), and of ideas (Eastern philosophy and Christianity, baseball and fishing).

The Chance family is dysfunctional in too many ways to count. The father seems to be an atheist. The mother is a devout adventist. The children are split along similar secular and sectarian lines. As baseball, the clergy, politics, and war threaten and succeed to drive them apart, love pulls the family back together. At points in this book, you will not be able to stop laughing. At others, you will be forced to stop reading in sadness. But in all of it, humanity shines through. Duncan's book is a pleasure to read.


Get Out the Vote!: How to Increase Voter Turnout
Get Out the Vote!: How to Increase Voter Turnout
by Donald P. Green
Edition: Paperback
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting People to the Polls Takes Effort, October 23, 2004
Surprising conclusions...except, not really.

It is good that some of this stuff has worked out, but a lot of it could be articulated by most people who spend time on GOTV. Political contact works better the more it is like a face-to-face conversation about information relevant to the person's life.

Hence, door-to-door canvassing is the most effective. Not surprising.

Phones come in second. Not surprising.

The more conversational and informational the phone call is, the more effective is. Still not surprising.

But this book is also a somewhat daunting reminder of just how difficult a good GOTV effort is. Virtually every one of their models pans out to about one additional voter for every hour of voter contact. Boy am I looking forward to next weekend.
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THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything
by Joe Trippi
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Guide, October 23, 2004
Joe Trippi is the not the first, last, or only word on the internet revolution. But he is one its finest. Working in politics, one quickly learns the distinction between people who 'get it' and people who 'don't get it.' I think we all have our own lists of who gets it and who doesn't.

Joe gets it.

This book is an explanation of how to get it. It teaches principles through narrative and also tells the story of the Dean campaign, how it rose, how it fell, and what we can learn.

If you're interested in winning, read this book.


The River Why, Twentieth-Anniversary Edition
The River Why, Twentieth-Anniversary Edition
by David James Duncan
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but great at its best moments, October 23, 2004
It is rare to laugh out loud while reading novels. It can happen. But I have yet to find another book that had me laughing out loud, rereading the passage, and laughing out loud again. This book does that.

It's not 5 stars only because I hit a couple periods where the story felt slow to me. But, then again, I'm not much of one for fishing, having long decided that I prefer rocks to rivers.

For those of you like me, there are plenty of rocks in this book.

The amazing thing about the book, though, is how well it ties together spirituality and fly fishing, almost as though it were <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0156027321/qid=1098570045/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/104-8383531-5474308?v=glance&s=books&n=507846">Life of Pi</a> set on rivers instead of the ocean.

The River Why also has shares some similarities with A River Runs Through It. Most notably both are books about people and place. As an inland westerner, I must say I chuckled at more than a few of Duncan's disparaging remarks about California.

Duncan is best, though, when he writes about people. Bill Bob is one of the most entertaining characters I've ever encountered. Gus's initial encounter with Eddy contains some of the strongest humor writing I've ever read. And Duncan manages to more aptly capture the rivalries that occur between fly and bait fishers than any other writing I've seen. The sense of smug superiority that the two often feel is typically matched only by strong football rivalries or, perhaps, the most marked of skiing/snowboard arguments.

For non-fishers out there, please heed my advice, and work with the early chapters. You'll be glad you did.


A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition
by Norman Maclean
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Further One Gets From Missoula, MT, October 23, 2004
I grew up in Billings, MT, on the other side of the Continental Divide, closer to where the movie was filmed than where the book was written. I now live in Missoula, a town where you can still find Front Street Poker, fly fishermen on Clark Fork, and people enjoying drinks while toasting to their own fair city.

It is, as an angling friend of mine highlighted, probably one of the few places on the planet where bar bathroom graffiti includes the line "That guy has a small johnson and he uses bait." That is a strong insult in these parts.

A River Runs through It is a lot of things. It's the story of a family growing closer as it falls apart. It's a story of being unable to help those who need it most. And it's a story of place.

Regardless, anyone who's ever lived in this part of the world needs to pick this book up. A River Runs Through It is great. The other stories are well-written as well, focusing on memories from working summers for the forest service, including a stint down in the Bitterroots.

Heartily recommended.


Blindness (Harvest Book)
Blindness (Harvest Book)
by Giovanni Pontiero
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's None So Blind as They That Won't See, October 23, 2004
Jose Saramago's Blindness is, as described, an amazing parable of the wantonness of the 20th Century. Saramago's story-telling skills are superb. The common complaints raised by other reviewers are fairly weak. Saramago's city is most likely not an American one. Nor is it in any country that is part of the G7. A lack of CDC officials swooping in is hardly surprising.

Besides, the infectious blindness of this make believe world is never fully explained. It clearly spreads virally, but it is not necessarily a virus. What, pray tell, could the CDC do?

But that only highlights the problem with overanalyzing (or, rather, misanalyzing) an allegory.

(...) Israel is not the third Reich. On both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there is enough blood to condemn the whole world to Hell and enough innocent victims to cause the blood to boil. His oversimplification of that situation reflects poorly on this work, which seeks to demonstrate a sophisticated, and one would hope nuanced, view of humanity's self-inflicted wounds from the bloodiest century in history.


Visual Audio Sensory Theater
Visual Audio Sensory Theater
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man with a lot of vision, June 1, 2003
VAST is essentially the work of one man. And his lyrics don't always hold up to his songwriting ability (in a sense, though, that doesn't become clear until Music for People). But part of the reason for that is that the songwriting is amazing. Criticizing the lyrics on here is a bit like criticizing Gandhi for being short. The criticism may be true, but it's missing the point.


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