Van Jones burst into the American consciousness during the 2016 presidential campaign with an unscripted, truth-telling style and an already established history of bridge-building across party lines. His election night commentary, during which he coined the term “whitelash,” became a viral sensation. A longtime progressive activist with deep roots in the conservative South, Jones has made it his mission to challenge voters and viewers to stand in one another’s shoes and disagree constructively.
In Beyond the Messy Truth, he offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Jones urges both parties to abandon the politics of accusation. He issues a stirring call for a new “bipartisanship from below,” pointing us toward practical answers to problems that affect us all regardless of region or ideology. He wants to tackle rural and inner-city poverty, unemployment, addiction, unfair incarceration, and the devastating effects of the pollution-based economy on both coal country and our urban centers. Along the way, Jones shares memories from his decades of activism on behalf of working people, inspiring stories of ordinary citizens who became champions of their communities, and little-known examples of cooperation in the midst of partisan conflict. In his quest for positive solutions, Van Jones encourages us to set fire to our old ways of thinking about politics and come together to help those most in need.
Includes an invaluable resource of contacts, books, media, and organizations for bipartisan bridge-building and problem solving.
“Van Jones is a light in the darkness when we need it most. In the tradition of the great bridge builders of our past, Van’s love for this country and all its people shines through.”—Cory Booker, U.S. senator, New Jersey
“Van Jones’s voice has become an integral part of our national political debate. He is one of the most provocative and interesting political figures in the country.”—Bernie Sanders, U.S. senator, Vermont
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 America Betrayed-By Both Parties 3
Chapter 2 An Open Letter to Liberals 19
Chapter 3 An Open Letter to Conservatives 59
Chapter 4 Whitelash: Myths and Facts 91
Chapter 5 Prince, Newt, and the Way Forward: Portraits in Strange Bedfellows 117
Chapter 6 The Beautiful Work: Four Solutions 139
Conclusion Reclaiming Our Founding Dream 185
Appendix I Bridge-Building Resources 195
Appendix II Be Informed, Get Involved 211
About the Author 235
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great read that makes you think This was an absolutely wonderful read from someone that makes you think no matter what side you are on. Van Jones just comes literally makes you stop and think because he talks to you and not down or through you. In the world today you need someone like Van Jones and a book like this to make you think.
I imagine that seeing the name Van Jones is either going to make people decide not to read this or jump for joy thinking it will validate liberal views. I hope both sides would rethink their positions and give this a try. To put it all out there, I am a liberal. A liberal with a capital L and not afraid to be called a bleeding heart. However, I do try to keep up with the press and thoughts of conservatives. Nothing has ever made me understand some of the reasons people voted for Trump like this book. At some points I felt ashamed, because it was like Van Jones was speaking directly to me. I can only hope that those conservatives who read the book can find some understanding of liberals, as well. We may not agree, but we can talk and find a way to listen to one another. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.