Why Bernie Sanders Matters

Why Bernie Sanders Matters

by Harry Jaffe


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Why Bernie Sanders Matters by Harry Jaffe

Missionary. Radical. Hippy. Revolutionary. Red Mayor. Pragmatist. Socialist. Hot from the campaign trail, a vivid new biography that goes inside Bernie Sanders’s contradictions, his unusual life, and his electrifying quest to make the American dream a reality for all.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may be the least political person in politics—a brusque, unpolished, Jewish Socialist from Brooklyn with deep-seated convictions and distaste for small talk. He is also, at seventy-four, the rising star of the Democratic party, whose underdog bid for the presidential nomination has hit the marks of a serious contender: He’s competitive with, and in some cases leading, Hillary Clinton in early state polls. He’s closed the fundraising gap, and is drawing crowds of thousands to campaign rallies. Why? Because where most candidates are calculating and rehearsed, Sanders is frank, authentic, and impassioned. For thirty years, he has spoken out against income inequality, environmental injustice, and privatized healthcare. Now—amid an ever-widening chasm between the rich and the rest, and growing voter disenchantment—the country is listening.

With reporting from inside the campaign, personal relationships with Sanders’s friends and colleagues, and meticulous research, noted reporter Harry Jaffe offers an engaging, insightful portrait of the ultimate outsider candidate, charting Sanders’s course from Brooklyn to Burlington, and now to Des Moines and beyond. Within the untold narrative of Sanders’s origins and political development, he also examines the growth of the progressive movement, and the recent developments—including the Occupy movement, the Great Recession, and the rise of the millennial generation—that have shifted Sanders’s views from fringe to focal point. At once a captivating biography, and a thought-provoking window into the contemporary political landscape, this will become the defining account of a pivotal moment in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682450178
Publisher: Regan Arts.
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Harry Jaffe is a leading journalist covering Washington, DC—its politics, its crime, its heroes and villains. Beyond Washington, Jaffe’s work has been published in Yahoo News, Men’s Health, Harper’s, Esquire, and newspapers from the San Francisco Examiner to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s appeared in documentary films, and on television and radio across the country and throughout Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction "Power to the People" ix

1 The Evangelist 1

2 Radical Roots 19

3 The Activist 37

4 The Hippy 53

5 The Candidate 77

6 The Red Mayor 93

7 The Loner 121

8 The Socialist Senator 141

9 The Missionary 161

10 The Populist 171

11 The Proselytizer 185

12 Flatbush Berns 203

Bibliography 213

Acknowledgments 217

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway from Harry Jaffe. Thank you so much for sharing your work with me. I look forward to an informative read! And this is a very detailed review of the life and times of Bernie Sanders. Although not an authorized biography, I found the coverage very well documented and though it was preaching to the choir - I am firmly in the ranks of Bernie backers - I enjoyed filling in the blanks of his history. I would recommend it to anyone still sitting on the fence as far as the 2016 election goes. This is a man who has always seen the light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bernie 2016
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is awesome! I love him and so should you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He doesn't