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Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

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Throughout the Presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders galvanized voters with his progressive platform and vision for America. In the book, Sanders shares experiences from the campaign trail and outlines his ideas for continuing a political revolution to fight for a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protect ...more
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Keenan Interestingly, Sander's explicitly recants the call to redistribute the means of production in this book. However, he is a strong proponent for the re…moreInterestingly, Sander's explicitly recants the call to redistribute the means of production in this book. However, he is a strong proponent for the redistribution of wealth through taxation. He is deeply passionate about public space and economic controls. However, he espouses protectionist economic arguments and eschews the current form of globalism. He would better be potentially categorized as a democratic socialist or a mixed-market proponent who is socially left of center.(less)
Tamara There is no bibliography - that is not unusual for a book written for a popular audience - but I suspect most of the statistics come from the research…moreThere is no bibliography - that is not unusual for a book written for a popular audience - but I suspect most of the statistics come from the research he did as a Senator who has proposed lots of bills during his time in the Senate. You can see what bills he worked on (and which ones were passed) by looking at sites such as: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/memb...
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Jeffrey Keeten
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, politics
”A great nation is judged not by how many millionaires and billionaires it has, or by the size of its military budget. It is not judged by the greed of its largest corporations. It is judged by how well it treats its weakest and most vulnerable citizens. A truly great nation is one that is filled with compassion and solidarity.”

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What I love about this photo is the obvious excitement of the crowd, his saggy, real person pants, and the fact that this man isn’t made for TV or even radio. His pas
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Sometimes I just watch Bernie Sanders videos to help me deal with what is, at times, crippling depression about politics. Reading this is my Christmas present to me, a form of escapism, of retreating from a very grim, dystopian picture into an utopian world where elections are fair and this guy is the nation's dad and everything isn't going to be some nightmarish, Boschian ‎march to hell. Here's a picture of Sanders in Oklahoma, visiting the Woody Guthrie* museum. Because of course he did.

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Betsy Robinson
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's been decades since I've faced racial and ethnic hatred up close, but when these things happen, they scar you. Hence, my fear at the proliferation of swastikas following our election. I don't like feeling this kind of fear, and education helps lower my heart rate as I stay engaged. I read Our Revolution because I needed educating, and if that is your goal, this is the book—whether you are a Bernie true believer, a Clinton supporter, or a Trump voter whose motivation was to take a sledge hamm ...more
Diane
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Bernie Sanders wants to change the world. His book, Our Revolution, is part memoir and part manifesto.


Humanity is at a crossroads. We can continue down the current path of greed, consumerism, oligarchy, poverty, war, racism, and environmental degradation. Or we can lead the world in moving in a very different direction.


The first section of the book is the story of his campaign for U.S. president in the 2016 election, in which he lost the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton. This section w
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Cody | CodysBookshelf
Worthy reading for anyone interested in the political climate of 2014-2016 (and beyond), democratic socialism, or that cool cat Bernie Sanders. Written with feeling, humor, and intelligence, the words of a modern politicians I actually respect ring true and strike the heart of any reader hoping for a better tomorrow. No matter your politics, this one is worth checking out.
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.

Full disclosure: I wanted President Bernie. I was all for him as the president and I really wanted him. To this day, I'm convinced he would have made a perfect president and a better person to go against Trump. He was my favorite since he deviated so much, yet kept on the same track. And what he wanted actually had a plan. Maybe you guys disagree with me, which is fine, but that's my personal bias going into this book.

I listened to this book
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Tanima
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Humanity is at a crossroads. We can continue down the current path of greed, consumerism, oligarchy, poverty, war, racism, and environmental degradation. Or we can lead the world in moving in a very different direction.”

As Americans, we consider our country to be one of the greatest in the world. Our values move in a generally forward direction, but our priorities for caring for the most vulnerable of our society have somewhat slipped behind the rest of the world. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 platf
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Christopher
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was planning a long review where I explained how wonderful Bernie Sanders is, how he cuts through all the BS and is constantly bringing attention back to the basic issues ("A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much and so many have so little."), how it's frustrating that he has to remind everyone that his ideas are not extreme ones (Is it really so crazy to think that minimum wage workers should make $15/hr, or is it crazier that taxpayers subsidize the profits ...more
Christine Zibas

But transforming America is more than just elections. It's about changing our culture.


While I would love to give this book a higher rating for the ideas Sanders espouses, this book just doesn't do them justice. The first half of the book is a (too) long recap of the election process. We spoke here, this many people showed up, these campaign people helped...not really much insight here.

The second half is where the meat of his arguments rest, and unfortunately even here, the book could have used s
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Darlene
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
After a lackluster year of reading, finishing 2016 listening to 'Our Revolution: A Future to Believe in' by Bernie Sanders was pure joy for me. I can't say that I learned anything I hadn't already known as I've been an admirer and follower of Senator Sanders for more than a decade. But he speaks to my heart AND my mind and reminds me of what I believe to be true about the world and my place in it. Plus, Senator Sanders narrates the first half of the book himself…. which made the book that much m ...more
Charles Reimler
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant Insights; Well-Written; And A Senator "For The People" In Touch With Middle Class American People Is Awesome Wisdom Of "Media" Instincts For "Profit" An Outstanding Chapter! My Goodness A Senator In Congress Finally "Honest About Media" Is One-Of-A-Kind To Stand Up For Truth Of Manipulation! My Own Life On Internet Watching YTUBE Materials; 9/11 Truth Act By Thousands Of Brilliant PH.D Professionals Across Entire Globe; Watching Film "Conspiracy Of Silence" Film Plus Books "Franklin Sc ...more
Tulay
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
He did and do what's right.
January 15, did finished reading this book again, or should I say for now. But don't want to write a long review, myself don't like reading long long reviews. Condense my book review to four or five sentences in the morning. But any one interested reading this book can ask me any questions they have.
Owlseyes
So, this is the book that made Bernie a millionaire.
(I didn't buy it).

Let’s wrench power back from the billionaires
Bernie Sanders
in: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis...
(the title should have been "Let's wrench power back from the billionaires and the millionaires"
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catherine ♡
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
Love this guy. And this book. It was so much more comprehensive than I expected and it addressed all of the issues and plans in such detail.
Nancy
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The first third of it is read by Bernie and it's all about his time leading up to deciding to run, and running his presidential campaign. This part was interesting, but it wasn't what I was hoping to hear. The rest of the book is read by actor Mark Ruffalo, and it's all about the issues that Bernie sees effecting 98% of Americans and the solutions that he offers for dealing with them. It's really refreshing to hear a politician actually discuss these ...more
Kressel Housman
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bernie supporters are bound to love this book, so I’ll address this review mainly to my conservative friends, though I hope my liberal friends will benefit from it also.

The book is divided into two parts: an autobiographical section and a policy section. Bernie supporters will enjoy the autobiography, which traces his childhood all the way to the presidential campaign, but conservatives may want to skip right to the policy section. It details the same message Senator Sanders always gives over,
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Amber Foxx
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first ten pages should light a fire in discouraged progressives, but I think everyone, no matter who they voted for, could learn something of value and interest from this book. There is common ground for all middle-class and working-class and poor Americans in Sanders’ examination of economic issues. He has done his research. I’ve studied in depth a number of the issues he addresses, and as far as I can see, he is accurate in his assessments, especially on health care. The book could have be ...more
Kevin
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Feel the Bern, and beyond…

The Good:
--First half is Bernie’s autobiography + 2016 campaign, accessible reading with even a few radical name-drops (Eugene V. Debs, Michael Parenti!). Bernie narrates this part in the audiobook version…
--Second half goes through Bernie’s political stances, a Social Dem/Progressive platform; this is the strongest people’s platform offered by the 2-party political theatre of Wall Street + the petrodollar + the greatest military in human history (summing up the politi
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Riley Gardner
"Let's get to work."

Those are Bernie's last lines of the book, and I don't know how it could sum up Bernie's entire career better. Frankly, the United States is pretty messed up in terms of priorities. Capitalism has essentially run rampant in this country with no accountability to the point that any critique on the matter is seen as "anti-American" and "infringing upon freedoms".

It has provided to us a society similar to the late 1800's and pre-WWI society, where the rich and powerful are able
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
We had opportunities now in this great setback of 2016 we have for now merely aspirations. Bernie was a real voice for hope and change in 2016 but we took a turn and things went from bad to worse. We are to spend a good amount of time in a desperate political wilderness but the left has always been about the future and though things look pretty bleak for the foreseeable future there are still good guys out there and though they are down right now they need not stay down. Bernie is one of the few ...more
Elizabeth
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. I think about 90% of the country would support this amazing man if they would read this book. In his words, instead of what many have passively taken in and believed without question. Not only does he detail the main issues that challenge our country, he offers common sense solutions. And, more importantly, HE DETAILS HOW TO PAY FOR THEM.

Bernie offered such a simple solution to pay for free public college and universities for all. Worth reading just for that. He reminds us that
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Al
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
The flaw of "campaign" books is that they are generally preaching to the converted, and just as likely,despite how bright the star (Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Ralph Nader), they aren't worth anything four years later since the environs are so different.

I don't really have a problem with that. I suspect every politician, from the ones that I mentioned to the blander pols like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty probably have put together books that make the reader feel good.

So Sanders book follows, though o
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RachelvlehcaR
This is an amazing book. I started off reading it on my kindle then the audiobook became available. I switched to that version and it was the best choice I made. I recommend audio for this book. It's powerful. In the audio experience Bernie is the narrator for this one. For the other half of the book it's read by actor Mark Ruffalo. He does a great job in the narration but it's Bernie that has the most power in this on. Bernie uses clips from his speeches and it's incredibly intense to listen to ...more
Stephanie Griffin
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
OUR REVOLUTION: A FUTURE TO BELIEVE IN

The best audiobooks are often read by the author themselves. They of course know the nuances and tone of what they wrote.
I listened to the audiobook version of OUR REVOLUTION: A FUTURE TO BELIEVE IN, written by 2016 presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Published in November 2016 by MacMillan Audio, it covers Sanders' political involvement up to his losing the Democratic nomination (in my opinion organized by the Democratic National Commi
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Karel Baloun
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Why does a progressive revolution need a 450 page book of facts and policies, while the Tea Party starts with an angry rant on cable TV? Because progressives actually need to see what they are buying? Sanders writes that nothing meaningful can fit into a 140 char tweet, and I'd suggest he needs to find ways to do so.

He invests 100 pages in a detailed explanation on how to revive the middle class rural economy, and I have zero doubt he is right. In about 20 pages he sells single payer health care
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bananya
Dec 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read it to affirm what I already knew about this charlatan.
Idyll
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish Sen. Sanders had written this book before the election. Reading it now is depressing for two reasons. One, we may not see any of these sensible changes he is proposing in the next few years. Two, some people who agreed with his message but weren't sure "how he was going to pay for his proposals" might have found his arguments convincing and voted for him.

Those who read "Outsider in the White House" might find some of Part One of "Our Revolution" repetitive. Part Two is worth reading beca
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C. Scott
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a lot better than I expected! I am no fan of political autobiographies so I picked this up with trepidation. However, I have a great fondness for Bernie so I was willing to give it a chance.

Even Bernie seemed to be in a rush to get through the autobiographical details, keeping the story of his life to a brief 40 pages or so. The next section, the campaign diary, was the hardest to get through. It was mostly the standard campaign story with liberal doses of thank yous and "I'll never for
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Brooke
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm so convinced. And also so convinced that none of the policies Bernie wants to enact will happen because of all the money fueling politicians. The main theme of this book is how corporate greed is ruining America. Even if you don't agree with Bernie's politics, the sad facts about corporate favoritism over the quality of life for average Americans is worth hearing. If you're not part of the greedy 1% of America's millionaires you should be in Bernie's camp. And definitely read this book.
Nicole  charlton
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read, and very insightful, even though it is quite a somber read considering the current state of our nation.
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