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How Bernie Won: Inside the Revolution That's Taking Back Our Country--and Where We Go from Here

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The brilliant manager of Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign shows how Bernie took on the entire establishment and changed modern American politics for good.

When Jeff Weaver hopped in a car with Bernie Sanders in the summer of 1986, he had no idea the Vermont backroads would lead them all the way to the 2016 presidential campaign.

In How Bernie Won, Weaver shows how
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Thomas Dunne Books
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May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-election
Of the many books I've read about the 2016 campaign Weaver's campaign diary stands out as the clearest and sharpest analysis of the good and the bad of it all. As Bernie's campaign advisor he retained his sincere commitment to positive change in the face of the campaign. shenanigans, corruption and cynicism. He gives the gory details of the maneuvers of the HRC campaign and the misdeeds of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is a truly despicable person. According to Weaver, being a political pro whil ...more
Hazel Bright
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I followed the primaries intently and was shocked at the way the Democratic party, of which I had always been a proud, almost smugly proud, member, actively thwarted the democratic process. While some of the things I witnessed are not included in this book, there are things in this book that show the Democratic party to be even worse than I thought. And then the truly terrifying final points describing the possibility of a Republican-led new Constitutional Convention that could completely strip ...more
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
This book was a frustrating look back at the 2016 election that changed America forever, and changed my own life significantly. What I liked about the book-- its thorough timeline of the election and detailed accounts of the various instances of mistakes made by the campaign, dirty tactics that the media tried to ignore or even actively participated in, and, conversely, moments of victory and optimism and hope that all of us lived through and witnessed during the last 2.5 years. What I didn't li ...more
Rhonda Lomazow
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jeff Weaver managed Bernie Sanders brilliant but unorthodox campaign.He gives us an insiders look at the campaign that took on historic proportions and is helping involve so many young people our future in the world of politics.A fun interesting read,
Michael A
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a well written account of the inner workings of a campaign that altered the dysfunctional course of American politics. Weaver brilliantly highlights the effectiveness, foresight, and above all else, integrity of the Sanders campaign while also offering fair criticisms of himself and the campaign’s allies. He finishes by offering predictions of 2020 and future implications. A must read for anyone who was inspired by Bernie’s 2016 campaign and wishes to prepare for whoever runs in 202 ...more
Roger Smitter
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bernie Sanders surprised all of us in 2016. Weaver’s book, written from the perspective of the campaign manager of Bernies success, gives us lots of insights into this election that surprised all of us.

Weaver gives us a very quick overview of the life of Sanders,with, obviously, a focus on how Sanders got into politics. That brief story alone is engaging.

Weaver takes us through all of the primaries and the battles with Clinton, sometimes with more detail that only political geeks want. Weaver
Dan Graser
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having read Clinton's summary and autopsy of the 2016 election process in her latest book, "What Happened," I decided to see what her primary party opposition had to say on the matter. This summary of Bernie's 2016 bid for the Democrat nomination from his campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, covers a lot of familiar territory that is already conventional wisdom, but does deliver some interesting insight and suggestions for the future.

Obviously the title itself needs explaining, seeing as Bernie not on
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
If you're like me, and you watched the Bernie campaign for President in 2016 carefully, maybe even attended one of his massive rallies and/or one of his town hall meetings, then this book written by his campaign manager makes a good memento. However, it is also incredibly topical, as I write this review in Jan 2019, given that millions of people are on tenterhooks to know whether Bernie will run again for President in 2020, or whether he will pass the progressive standard to someone else. For in ...more
Peter Cohron
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
HOW BERNIE WON Written by Bernie Sanders campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, this is a fascinating history of the 2016 Mr Sanders' run for POTUS. What started as a serious run (at least to them, though not many others) turned out to be a neck-to-neck horserace for the Democratic nomination. And it is a fair history of the Democratic race--he touts the losses as well as the wins and Mr Weaver admits his and his campaign's errors as much as anyone else's. Also, he never stoops to pick on Mrs Clinton be ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Enlightening Read

As someone whose greater political consciousness was awoken during Bernie’s 2016 Presidential campaign, it was interesting and enlightening to learn about what went on behind the scenes, since most of my information had been the media. Which we all know how reliable that is. At times the narrative got a little weighed down by political jargon when describing some of the caucusing and nominating processes to someone who has not studied politics. The book was strongest when tal
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very Informative; well written. Campaign obstacles described; many incidents not covered by the media!
Noah Skocilich
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Learned a lot about how national campaigns actually work and also a lot of detail about what actually happened in the 2016 primary.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
Personally I feel like if you are really into politics and followed the democratic primary closely a lot of this is not new or surprising. I also have the feeling if you are going to read Jeff Weaver's book about the 2016 election you are really into politics and the Bernie campaign. It did give some more insight into a lot of the campaign. It was interesting to hear about the Democratic Convention from someone who was there with Bernie. I also thought that it was interesting to hear about the i ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Here's what you need to know about this book:

- Bernie Sanders is the most authentic, genuine and consistent politicians we had in 2016, by MILES. He and Obama will likely be the most authentic of our generation.
- The depth to which the DNC and Clinton campaign were in cahoots is absolutely astounding. It is to the level of great Shakesperean irony that Clinton didn't win, considering the degree to which she went to manipulate the process.
- Voters do not like a coronation, they want a competit
Alex Mulligan
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Weaver’s campaign diary/ memoir/call to action was fascinating, insightful, and and engaging read through and through.

Weaver takes us through his initial meeting with Bernie way back in the 80’s to his presidential run, and what lies beyond. I wasn’t a huge fan of Bernie Sanders during the Primaries, but was interested in his campaign and how successful it was. Weavers book did not disappoint. Anyone interested in politics, general campaign strategy, and media management should read this book.
Javier  Anderson
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Setting the record straight from his unique vantage point at the head of a vast campaign that competed in every state and U.S. territory, Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver manages to tamp down expectations to simply chronicle one of the most unique presidential campaigns in recent memory. From his earliest days with the candidate, to his first moments trying to propel a little known senator to the front of a pack featuring the most well known Democrat non-incumbent in a lifetime (Clinton), we are sho ...more
Rick Zinn
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoy insider accounts of campaigns. There is very little of 2016 that I want to relive, ever. This is a pretty good book, I learned things about Bernie Sander I did not know, anyone who enjoys Political Science would probably enjoy this book.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
notes from the campaign trail, many of Bernies campaigns to be exact!
Trevor Garrity
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#2020 - Let's do it. ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for Weaver's take on this current primaries... As much as my blood boils every time he describes what happened behind the scenes. ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This shares how the party created a system whereby which they wanted their selected candidate to be the nominated person. Backroom deals, thumb on scale. Swearing. Insightful.
Ailith Twinning
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This is about the horse race. It's a smarter version of that, but that's what it is. It's fine for what it is, but I have no interest in this. ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Four years ago, throughout the 2016 presidential election in the US, I was a loyal supporter of Bernie Sanders. Despite having little political involvement prior, in summer 2015, Bernie awakened in me a political fervor, and it has remained strong since. I read his book Our Revolution about six months after the election ended (and not at all with the results I had hoped for), then bought Jeff Weaver’s How Bernie Won and Bernie Sanders’s Where We Go From Here in 2018.

For whatever reason, I he
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