Our Revolution

Our Revolution

A Future to Believe in

Book - 2016
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The break-out Democratic candidate for president, who gave Hillary Clinton a run for her money, offers an inside account of his extraordinary campaign and a blueprint for future political action.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250132925
Branch Call Number: 328.7309 SANDERS
Characteristics: 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Jun 02, 2019

“But it is harder, but not less important, for us to try and communicate with those who do not agree with us on every issue. And it is important to see where if possible, and I do believe it is possible, we can find common ground.”

–Bernie Sanders, Liberty University Convocation Speech, September 2015

In this book, Bernie Sanders shares his insights into the problems the Congress is having trying to work together for the benefit of us all. He has some great ideas on how to get the people on various sides of issues together to talk out their differences and get on to the business of finding workable solutions. From his speeches, Bernie Sanders is very interested in healing the rifts this country is going through now. Not a bad idea if the broadcast news reports of current events are any indicator that things need to change.

Bernie Sanders has energy, strength, and vigor in his reading of this autobiography. His Brooklyn accent adds authenticity to the retelling of his life story. Mark Ruffalo, the actor, is a supporter of the Bernie Sanders campaign and reader for the latter portion of this book. His voice works well to relate the message Bernie Sanders is trying to communicate.

Great info on his back story. I found Bernie’s telling the inside story of his run for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination informative. This book fills in the gaps of my knowledge about him, his message for the American people, and the struggles he went through during that time. Receiving his ideas in an audio book format gave me the chance to mull over his points in a different way than reading from the printed page would. This book delivers his thoughts fully, not as sound bites. It’s well worth giving Bernie Sander’s a listen.

Sep 21, 2017

I donated to the campaign and did some door-knocking, etc, so anybody reading this comment may dismiss it as confirmation bias. The book is clearly not ghost-written; the phrases, the repetition of certain points, the use of a Q-and-A presentation all read as if Bernie is speaking. The repetition is necessary, because his arguments are all interdependent, and he keeps looping back on things he has already said in different contexts. His view of American culture, its problems and their potential solutions are complicated, and not easily translated into soundbites (vide Chapter 10 about the media). Earlier commenters suggest that his solution is some variant on "Elect me and I'll introduce a bill," with no other plan of action. What he actually says is that he has been introducing bills and moving the conversation, which is what he was elected to do. He stresses throughout the book that we have to support the causes about which we are concerned, through direct involvement or through petitioning out elected officials on all levels. The last few lines of the book are, "We will not be able to accomplish these goals if we look at democracy as a spectator sport, assuming that others will do it for us. They won't. The future is in your hands. Let's get to work."

Sep 20, 2017

This book is split into 2 parts: one about Bernie Sanders' career and his own experience during the 2016 Primary, and the other part being about his policies and his views on fixing America. Part One was interesting as it gave a bit of insight on what running a campaign is like and how things appear. It also shows the kinds of people that Sanders met over his journey and how he, along with his supporters, were fighting for their revolution to make America better. Part Two goes into his policies and views on various topics, and is probably the part that most people would want to skip to. Here, Sanders outlines his views with facts and statistics and makes arguments for each point he makes, allowing for the reader to understand what his goals are. Regardless of your political views, this section was a great read as it was all fact based, allowing for dialogue on various issues facing America. I would recommend the second part of this book to anyone interested in politics, while part one of the book is mainly for people who are interested in learning about Sanders’ background and his journey on the campaign.
- @SuperSilk of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 13, 2017

Study 2016, sure.
But as of April 2017, we have more urgent work.

Apr 11, 2017

Although I am an unashamed Bernie supporter, this book was a bit of a letdown. He spends chapter after chapter blasting the state of American politics and economics, only to end each chapter with a page or two of 'solutions' to these problems. His commentary on the problems facing the nation are understandable, accessible and easy to understand. His solutions presented are underwhelming. Out of this book, I wanted more details of his proposed solutions, something I can use in political discussions. Instead, you get solutions that boil down to (as another commenter also wrote) 'elect me and I'll fix it'. That's somewhat understandable - he did run for President after all - but personally I wanted more detail, more substance. Policy specifics. That's probably not going to happen in a book designed for the mass public, but if I can't get specifics in a ~450 page book, where can I get them?

This is a book that will not change your mind on Bernie. If you already like him and what he stands for, this book is written for you. It preaches to the choir. If one recommends this to a Hillary supporter or someone on the other side of the isle, it'll read like a collection of Bernie speeches and won't convince them at all.

Feb 04, 2017

He names many problems, as he sees them. The only solution he seems to offer is to elect him so he can introduce a bill. He may offer a second solution and that would be to tax the super rich higher yet.
I don’t know, maybe I have heard too many of his speeches because even though there are many references to the concluded campaign, as though he wrote after the campaign, it really appears to be more of a collection of campaign speeches. All speeches we have heard before from many other candidates. So I am compelled to ask: What is the Revolution?
He writes of an illegitimate son. No apology. It is disappointing that he includes more pictures of his brother than his son.
All in all? I probably should have spent the time reading Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things or maybe the Compleat Fisherman.

ArapahoeMariya Dec 15, 2016

I learned so much from reading Bernard Sanders’ book. It gave me a great education about the real world. Really excellent analysis of the current situation in the USA. A great read!

Nov 17, 2016

"Us not me." What a G8 president he would have made. I wonder if he had to feverishly rewrite his book ending after Nov. 8th? Probably had several endings already written.

Nov 16, 2016

From those leaked emails, I would have to fully agree with larisa150's comments. Telling that Vermont went for Trump - - but that IS what the polling data consistently indicated, although frequently not accurately reported: if it was between Trump v. Bernie, who would you vote for? Majority response: Bernie. If Obama could run a third term and it was between Trump v. Obama, who would you vote for? Majority response: Obama. If it was between Trump v. Clinton, who would you vote for? Trump . . .

Nov 16, 2016

Definitely going to need more copies.
It is important for us Canadians to better understand why he stepped aside and then supported Hilary.
I am putting my name on the list for Holds in a few minutes.


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