Item description for MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change by Moveon...
With more than 2 million members, MoveOn is at the cutting edge of a new model for political activism. In their first-ever book, they take their message offline with MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change, in an effort to jumpstart an even broader civic dialogue and inspire all to become involved in our political process. With introductions by Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Gail Sheehy, David Fenton, and the MoveOn staff, MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country is a political call-to-action guide that includes 50 essays from MoveOn members across the country. Each essay is a compelling personal story with action items and resources. Simple ideas are illuminated, such as "Vote, No Matter What," about a dying man's wish to cast a ballot, as are more dynamic actions, such as "Start a Petition," which chronicles a couple's quest to protect endangered wolves in Alaska. For those who feel powerless or overwhelmed, angry or apathetic --- or just want to do something, but don't know how --- MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country answers the question so many people are asking, "What can I do?"
Outline Review It's somewhat rare to see an entire grassroots political organization listed as the author of a book but it's perfectly in keeping with the spirit of both MoveOn.org and this handbook on civic activism authored by some of the group's members. It features 50 short chapters (one or two pages each in most cases) authored by non-celebrities from all walks of life who took it upon themselves to change the world. Some of the ideas are ambitious, as in the case of a liberal-minded Texan who decided the best way to make his views known was to run against Republican stalwart Tom DeLay in the GOP primary. Others are much simpler: write a letter to the editor, sign a petition, or go to a rally. But even in those seemingly obvious tactics, there are interesting techniques offered that could make a simple act a much more effective one. Included in each tip are bullet-pointed tips from MoveOn organizers to help the reader translate the idea into real action. While MoveOn is certainly not the first group to suggest simple steps to change the world, this volume scores points for it's concise editing and populist authorship. It's not a book to curl up with in front of the fire, it's meant to be thrown into a backpack or purse on the way to the next protest, campaign rally, or discussion group. The slant, like the organization itself, is a liberal one but the writers generally stop short of expanding on their political beliefs, choosing instead to focus on what those beliefs inspired them to do with their time and energy. Brief interstitial essays by notables such as Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi introduce sections of the book, providing expert gravity without detracting from the common person message. --John Moe
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Publisher New World Library
ISBN 193072229X ISBN13 9781930722293
Reviews - What do customers think about MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change?
Disregard the one star reviews Sep 11, 2005
The reason I purchased this book was because of the 1 star reviews. I felt that the majority of them were simply efforts at anonymously posting their mad dog patriotic views. And I was right. This is a very good book. It gives real-world examples of how to become involved in state and federal government processes. While not every example showed results, the fact is that we do need to become involved in the democratic process, regardless of partisanship. I feel it is the height of intellectual dishonesty to 1. slam a publication because of the publisher, 2. Not read the bloody thing, 3. Not put your name on the review. And anyone who feels that civil dissent is NOT to be tolerated, should go and re-read the history of this great nation. Because they are automatons in a time when we need thinking citzenry. To complete the quote, "My country, right or wrong: right to keep right, wrong to make right."
Almost there. May 12, 2005
Yes, it has its partisan leanings but at least this book provides a less harmful way to be truly patriotic unlike what the rightwingers continuously preach. The only problem I have with the book is getting the Democratic party to truly unite. Even today, there are major rifts between the centrists and liberals in the Democratic Party whereas the conservatives and libertarians in the Republican Party stick together like soldiers in an army even if it's all about merely rubber stamping. I see moveon.org is starting to catch up to that understanding in the recent times compared to the time they released this book way before the election. I guess at that time, it was all about "Anybody But Bush" strategy which failed mainly because of the failure to resolve the major divisions and infighting between the centrists and liberals in the Democratic Party long before election day. While I like this book because it helps you think with assertivity and true patriotism, there's still room for growth.
I'm conservative and I approve of this book Apr 26, 2005
Well, let's put it this way. I used to appreciate the conservative movement but after the way the religious fascists along with the rotten economic libertarians , who wanted to take away our safety nets that our parents and grandparents had but we and our children will suffer without, formed unlikely alliances in corrupting conservatism by cashing in on political correctness to achieve the worst on laizze faire, I finally decided that it was time to move on. While like most residents in my area of Rankin, MS , I was originally hostile against the organization, I finally decided to read their book and I must say they're not so bad. Sure, they're not perfect but it sure as hell is better than the current rightwing government and forces that are destroying people's lives day after day. And since I am a true pro-lifer not the Delay/Robertson fake type, I strongly recommend everyone to give this book a look and take back America.
Great 4 Beginning Activists & People Just Generally Fed Up! Apr 1, 2005
Reading other reviews where people rated this book as, "Good, but nothing new that I didn't know already", I noticed that many of them claimed that they are already involved in serious political activism. More and more "everyday" people are starting to get angry and/or fed up with the existing State of the Union and the people who are currently controlling it. These newcomers want to start helping to make a change for the better, but are not experienced enough in activism to know just where to start. Many of us hear from others all the time, "What can I do? Me alone can't change anything..." This book has the inspiration and resources to help steer even the smallest person towards the right direction.
Great book to get out of the current media spin Mar 20, 2005
More negative reviewers would rather have listen to 24/7 rightwing propaganda like Rush Limbaugh and FOXNews all the while ignoring other points of view. If you're a liberal or moderate trying to find some tolerance or a conservative fed up with the bait-and-switch spew from the fake conservatives like Bush, Limbaugh, Gingrich, O'reilly, Hannity, Coulter, Tom Delay, Pat Robertson, Frank Luntz, Jerry Fartwell, and such, please take the time to read this book and help take back our country peacefully and make it a good model for other countries to follow.
Besides, you're shooting yourself in the foot if you are calling MoveOn a corrupt special interest while at the same time saying nothing about Bush's totally corrupt "Pioneer Rangers" special interest in TX and oil giants like Enron and Halliburton that has already made this country worse than Saudi Arabia.