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50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America Paperback – September 1, 2009
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From the Back Cover
--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."
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Or you can just write fake book reviews.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a bit surprised that Amazon is still selling this book. These two con men promoted the book (and themselves) with a contest for the best idea to help Obama change America. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Meyer
If you have not ordered '50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America,' I suggest you go to Amazon and order 3 copies. The total for the 3 copies was $30.45. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by Janeanne Jeffries Johnson
This book is an implicit riposte to the misanthropic conservative movement that started with Reagan and (one hopes) rapidly approaches its nadir with infantile drivel from the... Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by Nobody's Business
Look out! The Fox News/conservative battlewagon even attacks little ol lowly Amazon review boards! Beware of one star reviews. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by JT
I just received this book as a gift and just loved it. It was practical and helpful for those inspired to be the change. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by J. Martinez
Awesome read. So glad to have bought two so I can share one with my church library.Published on September 4, 2009 by Truth B. Told
This is a wonderful book and will help all those who supported Obama in the last election find ways to translate their support into meaningful action.Published on September 4, 2009 by Murray Cohen