Why Bernie Sanders Matters

Simon and Schuster, 22 . 2015 . - 240 .
Missionary. Radical. Hippy. Revolutionary. Red Mayor. Pragmatist. Socialist. Hot from the campaign trail, a vivid new biography that goes inside Bernie Sanderss contradictions, his unusual life, and his electrifying quest to make the American dream a reality for all.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may be the least political person in politicsa brusque, unpolished, Jewish Socialist from Brooklyn with deep-seated convictions and distaste for small talk. He is also, at seventy-four, the rising star of the Democratic party, whose underdog bid for the presidential nomination has hit the marks of a serious contender: Hes competitive with, and in some cases leading, Hillary Clinton in early state polls. Hes closed the fundraising gap, and is drawing crowds of thousands to campaign rallies. Why? Because where most candidates are calculating and rehearsed, Sanders is frank, authentic, and impassioned. For thirty years, he has spoken out against income inequality, environmental injustice, and privatized healthcare. Nowamid an ever-widening chasm between the rich and the rest, and growing voter disenchantmentthe country is listening.

With reporting from inside the campaign, personal relationships with Sanderss friends and colleagues, and meticulous research, noted reporter Harry Jaffe offers an engaging, insightful portrait of the ultimate outsider candidate, charting Sanderss course from Brooklyn to Burlington, and now to Des Moines and beyond. Within the untold narrative of Sanderss origins and political development, he also examines the growth of the progressive movement, and the recent developmentsincluding the Occupy movement, the Great Recession, and the rise of the millennial generationthat have shifted Sanderss views from fringe to focal point. At once a captivating biography, and a thought-provoking window into the contemporary political landscape, this will become the defining account of a pivotal moment in American history.

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LibraryThing Review

  - 1Randal - LibraryThing

I read this book because I knew very little about Bernie Sanders, and why he has become such a phenomenon. Even though this is an unauthorized biography, the author has put forth a very good effort to ...




Harry Jaffe is a leading journalist covering Washington, DCits politics, its crime, its heroes and villains. Beyond Washington, Jaffes work has been published in Yahoo News, Mens Health, Harpers, Esquire, and newspapers from the San Francisco Examiner to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Hes appeared in documentary films, and on television and radio across the country and throughout Europe.