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Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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About the Author
BERNIE SANDERS ran as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 2015 and 2016. He served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, for eight years before defeating an incumbent Republican to be the sole congressperson for the state in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991. He was elected to the Senate in 2007 and is now in his second term, making him the longest-serving independent in the history of the Congress. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, with his wife, Jane, and has four children and seven grandchildren.
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In terms of the writing style, it is relaxed but very compelling. I intended just to read a little initially and come back to the rest later, but I found myself unable to stop reading. Highly recommended.
I have learned a great deal about how politics works and have newfound respect for Bernie Sanders. I feel my understanding of the political climate and the political world in the USA is now clearer and more in focus. This is coming from someone who was not a Bernie supporter. I am now.
The writing style is to the point and easy to read. I highly recommend it. If this election woke you up and you want to start becoming more politically engaged, then this is a good first step.
The book is representative of the man -- straightforward, unembellished and plain spoken. The first section, about 40% of the book, is the chronological story of Sanders' life, from his childhood in Brooklyn through the 2016 campaign. We learn about the events and people that shaped Bernie's beliefs and work as an activist, mayor, representative, senator and candidate. This part of the book is very interesting, both for Sanders' own telling of his life story and the details of his campaign -- how he decided to run, speeches he gave (sometimes given in full), decisions he made and people he met.
He does NOT mention primary election irregularities, a controversial topic. EJUSA, an organization of statisticians, journalists and election observers, issued a report stating the odds of the primaries being fair and accurate was 76 billion to 1. Many of Sanders supporters were upset that no one from the campaign ever made an issue of the exit poll disparities in 11 states but, even here, Sanders does not talk about that or most of the dirty tricks and smears by the Clinton campaign.
If you ever heard a Sanders policy-laden speech and wished he would talk even longer, section two is for you. Here Sanders lays out his policy positions in depth. Chapters cover the oligarchy, the decline of the middle class, economic justice, healthcare, college costs, climate change, immigration, the poor and disabled, and the compromised corporate media.
Each chapter is detailed and generously interspersed with graphs and pictures. The economics chapter, for instance, discusses the minimum wage, pay equity, unions, family leave, vacation and sick leave, jobs, taxes, trade, Wall Street and the Fed! And each topic is discussed in some depth. Often names are given, such as the men who orchestrated our economic collapse and bailout, and the top ten tax avoiding corporations. I learned a lot reading these chapters, and thought Sanders was particularly insightful in the chapter on media.
The book is very much like the man himself -- straightforward and no nonsense. There is no gossip, no secrets revealed. There are no in depth character studies. (We'll have to wait for books from others to get those details!) There is no rancor or ego.
Dedicated to his parents, family and campaign volunteers, Our Revolution is the unvarnished tale of the good and honest man who should have been president.