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What It Means to Be a Democrat

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A call to arms by the former presidential candidate that combines personal anecdotes and cultural critiques to remind liberals of their ideological compass and restore confidence.

George McGovern has been a leading figure of the Democratic Party for more than fifty years. From this true liberal comes a thoughtful examination of what being a Democrat really means. McGover

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 10th 2011 by Blue Rider Press
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Jan 16, 2012 added it
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I'm not a Democrat but I have come to admire George McGovern upon learning about the election of 1972. A lot of what he said then I agree with. Mostly about the Vietnam War.

This book is short and simple. I wouldn't have read it if it were much longer so I won't fault its somewhat simple and unpersuasive arguments. It states more than it argues, but for a book this length that is okay.

It actually reminded me of why I'm not a Democrat. McGovern has a tremendous amount of faith in the government t
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elder statesman McGovern is one of those voices I wish was more prevalent in the climate we're politicking in these days. What it means to be a Democrat, essentially, is to rise above, as much as you can, to help those who need it with compassion, to realize one's limits, and to strive for equality first, even if not everyone everywhere ends up with help, and sometimes big groups get freedoms curtailed. An equal shot for everyone, an equal footing, and trying to get work done directly, instead o ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was refreshing to read a book that plainly says where we should be heading as a country.
George McGovern said essentially that the Democratic Party is the party of social movements
for positive change in the country where everyone has access to education; pays their fair
share of taxes and has access to affordable healthcare.
McGovern pointed out the futility of being mired down in Afghanistan; the need for development
of renewable energy resources; mass transportation; Failed drug policies; Tak
Kevin Cooper
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A collection of thoughts from one of the most renowned and under-appreciated Democrats of the last century. George McGovern helped shape the very Democrat Party that we align ourselves with today. This book is a brain-to-pen dialogue between McGovern and the American people, regarding the current Obama Administration, and the path that we must walk as a nation moving forward.

The book feels as if it was written hurriedly, but perhaps that helps lend to its honesty. I highly recommend this to any
Christi Madden
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick an inspiring read. Sometimes we get busy and forget why we identify ourselves as affiliated with a particular political party. George McGovern articulates the Democratic values that get to the heart of the matter of the issue of party affiliation. Recommended for those that need a reminder that government is for the people, or those who are open-minded enough to explore what their political identity encompasses.
Zachary Marko
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked this book because I was interested in learning more about the life and thoughts of the U.S. Senator and former Presidential hopeful. While his career spanned a political era dating well before my own birth, his estimation of the ideals and agenda of Democrats remains current and strongly embodied by many within our Party.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice easy read. However, I doubt many Republicans would read it. If you are Democrat you will love it because it points out the best and biggest successes of the party in the 20th century. Additionally it espouses the ideals that we believe in. Today's environment seems to make us forget that the Democrats are supposed to stand for the average and disadvantaged person.
Sam Motes
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very easy read that lays out the pillars of the belief system in the Democratic Party. A very eye opening quick read. McGovern does an excellent job of sharing his values and building the case of why the democratic faithful fight day in and day out to build the Government the populace needs to survive and thrive.
Jon Hieneman
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read, and an inspiring reminder. I've been saying for some time that we need to stop apologizing for liberalism. It is a powerful, needed, and positive force in our society. Love the book, even though I don't agree with every page of it.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A nice, short book by the dearly departed George McGovern about his political philosophy. There was a lot in it that I definitely agreed with, and which felt very personal. I wish we had a few more Democrats like him today.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I plan to reread this every election season so that I revisit my values, which are well expressed in this book.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A seasoned politicians view and insights on immigration, job creation, education and other important issues. Essential reading for Democrats as we battle for the presidency in 2012.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed spending some time with George McGovern, learning more about him and being reminded of the values supported by Democrats - when I haven't voted Democratic, I've regretted it.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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What a wise man. It's a shame he never became president but he did so much good, especially in his work against hunger. This book should be read by every voter and potential voter.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I want to frame every single word of this book. George McGovern is my new hero.
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad I voted fro him in 1972. What happened over the past 40 years?
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pretty simple, seems like the right message, frustrating that we can't put it into practice.
James Hatton
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This is George McGovern's perspective on what it means to be a Democrat. I don't agree with McGovern on everything, but I found this book worthwhile.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought it was rather good...
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, thought provoking book!
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The son of a Methodist minister, George Stanley McGovern grew up in South Dakota. An indifferent student as a youth, McGovern later credited participation in high school debate with giving him confidence and he graduated in the top 10% of his high school class. His college education was interrupted by World War II, as McGovern enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a bomber pilot in Eur ...more
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