A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
While Sanders' political program clearly has an ideological agenda, the book nonetheless contains a wealth of facts, figures, tables, and infographics that explain many of the crucial debates in American policy, including those over tax reform, health care, access to higher education, and ways to address climate change.
"If we are to successfully address the enormous problems facing our country and planet, we need to understand that democracy is not a spectator sport."
Positive Role Models
Bernie Sanders' long record of public service and consistently standing up for poor and working people, as well as his impressive grassroots organizing in the 2016 presidential campaign, make him a uniquely admirable figure in American political life, whether you agree with him or not.
Products & Purchases
Major corporations and other moneyed interests are targeted by name throughout the book as examples of the dangers of unrestrained capitalism.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution is an accessible, informative, and teen-friendly presentation of the basic policies and ideas of one of the leading voices in progressive politics. However, the book is also intended as a practical roadmap to political participation and activism, encouraging young people to get involved in the democratic process through concrete steps offered throughout.
Is It Any Good?
This short book is an excellent primer for anyone interested in the major issues facing American society, regardless of whether they agree with Bernie's approach or not. Even people who follow politics closely and are familiar with Sanders' core ideas will find the concepts here presented in a way that's straightforward and easy-to-read, with lots of direct evidence to support his arguments.
The paths to participation he lays out are a powerful reminder of the rights and responsibilities of all citizens in a democracy, an especially powerful message in a time of extreme political polarization. This book grapples with big questions and takes a strongly opinionated stance on the best available solutions, but no matter your political preferences, these are issues facing all Americans. Encouraging young people to get informed and get involved is something everyone can get behind, no matter what one thinks of Sanders' specific platform and proposals.
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