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"Displaying her usual laserlike logic, Lappé's crystalline assessments virtually leap off the page. A source of inspiration."
Tikkun Magazine -
Lappe [gives]--plenty of examples of people making change in whatever system they inhabit by bringing stakeholders together irrespective of their initial opinions or class status. The necessary ingredients include a passion to change things, a freedom from too much ideology, a readiness to both enter into conflict and to mediate it through the kind of facilitation that enables people to hear each other's real needs, and the learning of partnership and communication skills--The best part of Lappe's book to me was when she suggested a whole new vocabulary for us to use--It's a fresh look constructed by an original mind, a woman who is grappling with real life problems worldwide and who is pragmatic and out-of-the-box in seeing where entry points for change can be made. If this book isn't inspirational and helpful, then I don't know what is. But it isn't an all-encompassing theory. It isn't a Das Capital to set an agenda for economic research and idealistic policy wonks for a hundred years. That may be just as well, for pragmatic compassion and cooperative innovation with no pre-set limits may be just what we need.
"Getting a Grip is not an ordinary book: it's more like a new pair of glasses, allowing you to see everything around you with greater clarity. Suddenly the world is more comprehensible, more manageable, even more beautiful. You won't want to take them off."
"Lappé has succeeded masterfully, saying what every presidential candidate should, and she is doing so with the boldness that is required."
--John Nichols, The Nation
"There is a small number of people in every generation who are forerunners, in thought, action, spirit, who swerve past the barriers of greed and power to hold a torch for the rest of us. Frances Moore Lappé is one of those."
--Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
"An absolute must-read! Very inspiring and empowering. It makes you want to jump out of your seat and do something that will better our world."
--Lina Musayev, Co-founder of United Students for Fair Trade
"I love Getting a Grip. Its great positive energy awakens us to a whole new way to think and to act. Read it now."
--Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, author of Failing the Faithful