Bernie Sanders' campaign for the presidency of the United States has galvanized supporters all over the country, drawing attention to issues of economic, racial, and social justice and spotlighting one of the most interesting and unconventional candidates in decades. In a special afterword, Nation editor John Nichols assesses Sanders’ Senate career and describes how it led to a presidential campaign that is changing the American discussion of politics and the presidency. Sanders tells the story of a passionate and principled political life as well as his blueprint for the nation that works for everyone. He describes cutting his teeth in the Civil Rights Movement, building a grassroots political movement, and becoming the first independent elected to the US Congress in 40 years. The story continues into the US Senate and through the dramatic launch of his presidential campaign.
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I’ve listened to every candidate’s memoir there is--- am I a glutton or a masochist? No, it was fun, because I was the executive producer on this title, Bernie’s memoir. I’d love to tell you a bit behind the scenes.
Bernie wrote his “first” draft of this title when he first won his Senator’s seat in Vermont.He’s been calling out the corruption of the 1% since Day One, it’s remarkable.--The opposite of flim-flamming! The whole time you listen, wondering, “How can anyone this principled make it in politics? You have an answer by the end.
For this new edition, everyone involved: Bernie, his editors at Verso, myself, his wife and staff, John Nichols from "The Nation"-- we all wanted it to directly address the presidential campaign and What The Hell Happens Now.
I can’t believe how “Youuuuhuge" the campaign got from the time we started! We thought Bernie would have plenty of time to narrate his book... OMG, he took off like a rocket.
Thank goodness, we had a fan and uber-talented actor in Joe Barrett, who was thrilled to take on the role. I know, we’d all love to hear Larry David’s stand-up satire, but I don’t think David could keep it real for the gravitas. And there are indeed heavy moments. Sanders makes a compelling case, of a different playing field, of putting people first. --Of what it’s like to hang in there when it seems like you’ve been pushed down beyond repair.
If you’re looking for a little Bernie-reality-check and you can’t make it to the next /rally— if you want to know the man behind the campaign miracle— this is it.
To get ready for our recording, I listened every other Presidential and Candidate memoir out there. It’s so funny to hear them all, I think I should win a baroque prize.
To give you an idea of what I thought was good listening: Obama’s memoir is the best “writing;” he could be a novelist or a poet. Bill Clinton’s “My Life” is also a page-turner. The others... suffer on the SNORE-spectrum. Biography-wise, Caro’s book on Johnson is excellent. In any case, no matter what the candidate, it’s fascinating to hear them speak on their childhood, background, ideas. Even George Bush! If you’re voting for one of them... or campaigning against them... do dive in!
- Susie "I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South.""
Vital listening for all people.
Bernie is a man of the people, for the people. I've never supported a politician more. And it's not because he's a progressive and I'm very liberal, it's because he's for middle class families and working people. Bernie is not some sort of radical, he's a modern day FDR. He believes in a form of social justice that we might all agree on if we cast aside labels and personal biases. We're all in this together. This, being life, together, as in all of us, the whole world. Let's try to make it a better place for our children.