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A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart - by the CNN political contributor and host hailed as "a star of the 2016 campaign" (New York Times) who tries to "fight the right way" (New Yorker).
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 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.
Now, in Beyond the Messy Truth, Jones offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Tough on Donald Trump but showing respect and empathy for his supporters, Jones takes aim at the failures of both parties before and after Trump's victory. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. Calling us to a deeper patriotism, he shows us how to get down to the vital business of solving, together, some of our toughest problems.
"The entire national conversation today can be reduced to a simple statement - 'I'm right, and you're wrong,'" Jones has said. But the truth is messier; both sides have flaws. Both parties have strayed from their highest principles and let down their core constituencies. Rejecting today's political tribalism, Jones issues a stirring call for a new "bipartisanship from below". Recognizing that tough challenges require the best wisdom from both liberals and conservatives, he points us toward practical answers to problems that affect us all regardless of region or ideology: 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.
In explaining how he arrived at his views, Jones shares behind-the-scenes memories from his decades spent marching and protesting on behalf of working people, inspiring stories of ordinary citizens who became champions of their communities, and little-known examples of cooperation that have risen from the fog 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 where the pain is greatest.
Includes an invaluable resource of contacts, books, media, and organizations for bipartisan bridge building and problem solving.
©2017 Van Jones (P)2017 Random House Audio
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By Joanna Bugajska on 11-17-17

I never hated anyone before

If months after 2016 Elections you found yourself checking your phone compulsively to read the latest news, to make see if the world is about to end (metaphorically... with North Korea possibly literally) because of Trump and to see what happened since you last checked that will make you question sanity, his, yours and the people who support him. After a while with the constant lies which send me into a tail spin of fact checking, seeing that these people either don't realize or choose not see or choose to ignore LIES - the constant lies, hypocrisy on steroids, "alternative facts" and anti-intellectualism - that I have started I have felt real animosity and the what I can only describe as hate towards those enabling what I consider warping of reality. This book is a good compress for the negative emotions I hold for all those who support Trump. While at least two of six or so groups that elected Trump like white supremacists and Evangelicals even after this book I still see as evil, I appreciated Van Jones putting a human face on the other groups and try to honestly SPEAK TRUTH TO THE PEOPLE.

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By Susan Sliger on 10-21-17

This book opened my eyes.

My eyes were opened to several ways to make out country better. Ideas which include all Americans are the ideas that have a chance of working.Thank you for telling your story to me a liberal who needed fresh prospective.

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