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Taken for Granted: How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed Hardcover – November 12, 2019
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“A must-read.”—Brian Kilmeade, bestselling author of Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers
Born to a mother consumed by drugs and raised by his grandmother in poverty on the South Side of Chicago, Gianno Caldwell saw firsthand how lawmakers from both parties have failed African American voters on issues like poverty, welfare, and education. But as someone who beat the odds growing up under a fear-based mentality that limits what people can achieve, Caldwell believes there’s another way.
In this groundbreaking book, the Fox News analyst describes his personal journey while detailing a hopeful vision for a nation no longer beholden to identity politics and self-limitations. Trapped within the expectations and traditions of our communities, families, political parties, faith, race, and gender, we fail to challenge our politicians and ourselves to create real change. Now more than ever, we need to confront preconceived notions about the Democrats and Republicans, public policy, and American history.
Looking at the obstacles facing urban communities, such as crime, education, and social mobility, Caldwell digs beneath the statistics. By spotlighting the moments that enabled his rise to success, he proffers steps that can help more people overcome the odds—whether through policy reform or the heroic efforts of men and women who are already working to make a difference in their own communities.
“Caldwell speaks for so many still struggling in America. His fresh look deserves attention. Those who want to turn our country around and bring vital conservative values back into our communities should read this book.”—Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation
“Caldwell has written a gripping page-turner that reads more like a script for a movie than a political treatise, but that’s what it is. If you think you’ve read this book before—you haven’t. It’s important, new, fascinating, and fun. We’d live in a better world if there were more books like this.”—Ann Coulter, bestselling author of Resistance Is Futile!
“Caldwell’s story is a must-read for all Americans seeking to better their lives. He’s an inspirational figure.”—Ben Shapiro, bestselling author of The Right Side of History
“Caldwell is a fresh, thought-provoking voice that is important and inspirational. His take on the obstacles facing urban communities and how he beat the odds is a must-read.”—Newt Gingrich, bestselling author and former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
“This book shows how self-determination and other ‘good old-fashioned’ values can change your outcome. Caldwell didn’t sit back and wait for a break, but went out and created his own. In this book, he now reaches back, showing others the way.”—Clarence Cox III, former president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
About the Author
- Publisher : Crown Forum (November 12, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593134923
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593134924
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.76 x 0.92 x 8.57 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #380,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book also gives good facts, not opinion, that were used by the author for him to make an informed decision about his political beliefs. The author demonstrated the courage to not only make, but then stand by his decisions, despite opposition from family and friends. I was inspired by his initiative to do the research, his courage to make a tough decision given the environment in which he was being raised, and for setting himself up for success at an early age. This book offers hope to those who have, or are, growing up in similar circumstances.
To be fair, I really like some of what Coates does in his text, and I have taught his book to undergraduates for years, but the bleak, hopelessness that he paints does not offer many options for change. Caldwell offers a different kind of perspective that raises hope in a system that needs work, but one that is not broken beyond repair.
I bought the book for myself and now I've passed it on for my 17 year old nephew to read. I recommend this book to all young people.