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Bernie
     

Bernie

by Ted Rall
 

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Now a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, Bernie is the must-have guidebook to the Bernie Sanders campaign — and the uncompromising candidate behind it. Insightful, funny, and accessible, this biography-in-graphic-novel-form of the presidential candidate explains both his early life and political rise, but also shows the

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Now a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, Bernie is the must-have guidebook to the Bernie Sanders campaign — and the uncompromising candidate behind it. Insightful, funny, and accessible, this biography-in-graphic-novel-form of the presidential candidate explains both his early life and political rise, but also shows the broader political shift that made it possible for a Jewish socialist to rally voters and become a real presidential contender.


Political cartoonist and Kennedy Award winner Ted Rall interviewed Bernie Sanders at length for this book and delved deep into his background to create this one-of-a-kind biography. 

Sanders' upbringing in a struggling working-class family in a hardscrabble section of Brooklyn during the 1950s taught him that poverty is a disease, one that affects us all. Incredibly, the lessons he learned back then are revolutionizing the political process this year, marking the resurgence of political progressivism on the left at the same time as the two-party system seems to be on the way out. From McGovern’s 1972 loss to Nixon to the Occupy movement, Rall shows readers exactly how the American public was primed to embrace a socialist calling for a political revolution.   

Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Rall is a political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York TimesWashington PostVillage Voice, and Los Angeles Times. He is the illustrator of the full-length comic in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps, written by Greg Palast, and the author of After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests among many other books. www.tedrall.com

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/11/2016
Rall’s illustrated work, in the same format as his acclaimed Snowden, is an illuminating, clear-headed, straight-shooting argument on why American voters should support and elect Senator Bernie Sanders to president. The first few chapters are an enlightening mini-course in contemporary American government and economics, tracing the Democratic Party’s persistent movement to the right over the past several decades. Sanders, Rall argues, is the only candidate whose passions and commitments favor the American people rather than corporations or big government. Each page is half text and half illustration in Rall’s signature caricature style, a format that serves up a large amount of information at an easy-to-digest pace of one idea per page. Unlike the Snowden book, this could have a potential short shelf life if Sanders isn’t nominated or elected. But in the months leading up to the Democratic Convention, this is an essential survey and solid political ammunition for Sanders supporters, with appeal to politically minded readers. Agent: Sandy Dijkstra, Dijkstra Literary Agency (Jan.)
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"Rall’s illustrated work, in the same format as his acclaimed Snowden, is an illuminating, clear-headed, straight-shooting argument on why American voters should support and elect Senator Bernie Sanders to president. The first few chapters are an enlightening mini-course in contemporary American government and economics, tracing the Democratic Party’s persistent movement to the right over the past several decades. Sanders, Rall argues, is the only candidate whose passions and commitments favor the American people rather than corporations or big government. Each page is half text and half illustration in Rall’s signature caricature style, a format that serves up a large amount of information at an easy-to-digest pace of one idea per page. Unlike the Snowden book, this could have a potential short shelf life if Sanders isn’t nominated or elected. But in the months leading up to the Democratic Convention, this is an essential survey and solid political ammunition for Sanders supporters, with appeal to politically minded readers."—Publishers Weekly

"More than a campaign biography, this graphic narrative traces the decline and possible resurgence of liberalism within the Democratic Party.... An effective, if unapologetically partisan, primer on a strong voice from the left to counter the Democrats' rightward shift." —Kirkus Reviews

"What sets this book apart is not that it's a cartoon, but that it's an argument for placing Bernie Sanders in a particular position in U.S. history, namely as the restoration of liberalism to a Democratic Party that hasn't seen it since the McGovern campaign. In fact, a huge chunk of the book is not about Bernie at all, but is a history of the rightward drifting of the Democratic Party over the decades. Another big chunk is a history of Bernie's childhood and career. Both of these sections are well done." —davidswanson.org

Kirkus Reviews
2015-12-21
More than a campaign biography, this graphic narrative traces the decline and possible resurgence of liberalism within the Democratic Party. The candidate for the presidential nomination barely makes an appearance until more than a third of the book has passed, as the introductory sections offer an incisive analysis of just how far to the right the Democratic Party has drifted. Political cartoonist and war correspondent Rall (Snowden, 2015, etc.) asserts that the defeats of McGovern and Mondale, the one-term presidency of Carter in between, and the ineffectual candidacy of Dukakis all served to move the party away from its traditional liberal mandate toward the center. Sanders was no one's obvious choice to be the standard-bearer of a liberal uprising, not even the candidate's, but the times made him inevitable—at least according to this book. As the party no longer accommodated positions such as those in the Occupy movement and opponents to the Wall Street rescue, Sanders decided that if no other candidate would give voice to that constituency, he would. The latter half of the book traces his remarkable political rise, as he defeated a six-term incumbent to become mayor of Burlington, "one of the great upsets in Vermont political history," and went on to represent his state as a popular independent in both the House and the Senate. Rall's analysis is scathingly radical. He labels George W. Bush "the most radical right-wing Republican of the modern political era," dismisses Bill Clinton as a "DINO—Democrat in Name Only," and blasts "Obama's stormtroopers" for the violent dispersing of the nonviolent Occupy protestors. And Bernie? "If he was a fringe kook, he was a popular one" as a senator, and though this biography shows little confidence that Sanders will be nominated, let alone elected president, it demonstrates why he's been able to pose a greater challenge than anticipated. An effective, if unapologetically partisan, primer on a strong voice from the left to counter the Democrats' rightward shift.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609806989
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
01/19/2016
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
223,532
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, TED RALL is a radical syndicated political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist, and occasional war correspondent whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times. For Seven Stories Press, he is the illustrator of the full-length comic Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps (2012), written by Greg Palast, and the author and illustrator of The Book of Obama (2012), The Anti-American Manifesto (2010), and After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests (Hill and Wang 2014). His graphic biography, Snowden (2015), was called "A dramatic, evocative, thoughtful and very accessible account of one of the most important stories of the century" by Noam Chomsky. In July 2016 Rall's graphic biography of the presidential candidate, Trump, will be published.

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