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Rebuild the Dream

Rebuild the Dream

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by Van Jones

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In Rebuild the Dream, green economy pioneer Van Jones reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider. For the first time, he shares intimate details of his time in government – and reveals why he chose to resign his post as a special advisor to the Obama White House.

Jones puts his hard-won lessons to good use, proposing a

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Rebuild the Dream 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! It provided a very clear understanding of: 1. How Obama and "Hope" energy faltered after the election. 2. Why Fox News (and Republican thought) have been so "illogical" and yet so effective by continuing to control the "heart region". 3. How we can get the energy back and "WIN" in the future!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The other reviewers have done a great job of describing the essence of the book. This book along with Thom Hartmann's book Rebooting The American Dream gives me hope that the movement beginning in this country is strong enough to reverse the effects fo the last 30 years of tax policies that allowed the rich and greedy corporate America to get vastly richer, while leaving less and less for the rest of us and enacting legislation that leaves us fewer options to reverse the trends He reminds us that it is not enough to protest, we have to work to elect candidates who reflect our values of a job that will support a family without fear that it will be shipped overseas, a home that is not in foreclosure, health and dental care, an environment that is not going to make us sick or kill us and a dignified retirement The real question is: "Are we willing to be active and do the hard work that will be required to make the changes?"
SilenceDogoodCR More than 1 year ago
Finally, a book that makes sense of what happened to the movement for hope and change! If you wonder where all the magic from Obama's campaign went, this book is for you. The book gives a great history of all the social movements that led up to Obama, and it really reminds you that the grassroots people were becoming very powerful even before he ran. I had almost forgotten about the anti Iraq War movement, Howard Dean, Al Gore and everything that laid the ground for Obama to run. The author does a good job of showiing how citizens' movements mattter in many ways. The middle of the book is my favorite part. It has very helpful charts to compare and contrast Obama, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. This shows some very original thinking, which I have not seen anywhere else. I will admit that I expected a nasty, bitter, tell-all kind of book, because I knew that he had worked for Obama and maybe left on bad terms. Or else, I expected it to just defend Obama and attack conservatives. Instead, he seems to be coming from a place of really trying to understand everything that has been happening. He explains new terms like "swarm theory" and "open source branding" very well, as they relate to politics. He has good and bad things to say about a broad variety of topics, including both the left and the right. It is kind of harsh when he calls the Tea Party "cheap patriots," but then he proves his point. I think the author is very brave for writing a book like this. I did not know what to expect, but reading this book made me feel sad that someone like him is not in the government. I hope Obama will put him back in the cabinet after he gets re-elected.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another casualty of the right-wing war on the Obama Administration, Van Jones explains the false accusations against him and details his time working for the White House. He also presents a new perspective on our President, proposals to change our economy into an ecologically and socially responsible one, as well as insight into the current political climate. Accessible, informative and very entertaining, Van Jones' book is well worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More than a litany of complaints, Van Jones offers a vision and specific idea about how to meet the challenges of the economic and systemic problems that beset our country. More than high minded abstract judgements, this book looks hard and deep at what bedevils the US economy and our politics and points a reasonable way out of the mess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm just balancing out the one-star "review" that left by someone trying to earn a Faux News merit badge or whatever. The person who gave the one-star review I'm sure never read the book. And I'm also sure that if you asked him or her why they "hate" Van Jones, or this book, they would struggle to give you a reason. B&N needs to delete meaningless, politically based "reviews." If the haters don't care enough to read the book, then I--and Barnes and Noble--shouldn't care about what they have to say.