Beyond the Messy Truth : How We Came Apart, How We Come Together
by Jones, Van

Chapter One America Betrayed--By Both Parties
Chapter Two An Open Letter To Liberals
Chapter Three An Open Letter To Conservatives
Chapter Four Whitelash: Myths And Facts
Chapter Five Prince, Newt, And The Way Forward: Portraits In Strange Bedfellows
Chapter Six The Beautiful Work: Four Solutions
Conclusion Reclaiming Our Founding Dream185(10)
Appendix I Bridge-Building Resources195(16)
Appendix II Be Informed, Get Involved211(20)
About the Author235

The CNN political contributor and host presents a deeply impassioned manifesto on how to transform political disputes into peaceful, effective changes, tracing the growth of the nonpartisan LoveArmy, the achievements of today's less-hailed but important activists and his recommendations for embracing patriotism.

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor and host of the recurring CNN primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones. A graduate of the University of Tennessee and Yale Law School, he was a special adviser to the Obama White House and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers. Jones founded the social justice accelerator the Dream Corps and has led numerous social and environmental justice enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. He has earned many honors, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation and a Webby Special Achievement Award, and he has been named one of Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, Fast Company’s 12 Most Creative Minds on Earth, and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He lives with his wife and two children in the Los Angeles area.

Long before the election of 2016, the U.S. was well on its way to becoming a divided country and Jones, a CNN contributing analyst and host of The Messy Truth, had a front-row seat for the changes that were taking place in the populace and in politics. Jones' personal and professional background as a member of the Obama administration and an environmental and social-justice activist, as a Yale-educated lawyer and a child of the rural South, have placed him at every point on the broad spectrum of political discourse. He takes a long view, therefore, of the polarization that now dominates the news, expressing a thoughtful plea for unity amid the entrenched outrage and paralysis that are preventing the passing of important federal legislation and the resolution of democracy-threatening conflicts, and possible obsolescence of our two major political parties. Speaking with heartfelt conviction and clarity of purpose, Jones proffers an achievable pathway to harmony for ideologues of both conservative and liberal persuasions. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

An outspoken political analyst offers concrete suggestions to revive democracy, heal culture wars, and prevent a Trump victory in 2020.CNN political contributor Jones (Rebuild the Dream, 2012, etc.), founder of the social justice organization the Dream Corps, laments the dissension and polarization blighting politics today. Both Democrats and Republicans, he asserts, "have been letting down the American people for a long time," even before "an erratic egomaniac" came to power. "Since both parties are responsible," he writes, "both parties need to look within." Searching for a way forward, Jones aims "to reach out and build some bridges" between liberals like himself and conservatives, whose views he respects. Part manifesto, part manual for activism, the book is enlivened by case histories and personal anecdotes that serve as support for the author's assertions. He believes that the progressive movement, having lost connection to mainstream Americans, "needs to reignite the f ight for cross-racial unity among working people." Trump's rhetoric fomented bigotry, causing what Jones terms a "whitelash" against changing demographics and particularly against a black president. But although he recognizes racism within Trump's coalition, Jones does not believe that alone led to his election. He faults Democrats, as well, for Hillary Clinton's defeat, calling for "a pro-democracy movement that can inspire" and not merely critique. The author proposes common projects that may bring opposing sides together: fixing the justice system, ending the opioid addiction crisis, opening up the technology sector to all, and transitioning to a greener economy. In two appendices, Jones offers suggestions of books and videos that can serve as bridge-building resources and a long list of political organizations to help people get involved in change. Although most are liberal and progressive—e.g., Black Lives Matter, Center for Community Change, Planned Parenthood 2 12;Jones does include conservative groups, such as the American Enterprise Institute and Compilation: Conservative and Libertarian News Sources. "I am interested in the moral center, not the political center," he writes. Pragmatic, optimistic proposals for an informed and active electorate. Will anyone listen? Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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