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The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America

By Jonathan Tasini


Meet the essential Bernie Sanders—an authentic and uncompromising champion of the people.

Independent United States Senator Bernie Sanders—with a thirty-five-year career in public service, first as Burlington, Vermont’s mayor, then as Vermont’s sole representative to Congress, and currently as a United States senator—is now campaigning to become president of the United States. His goal is to build a movement to take back our country from the rich and powerful, and return it to its rightful owners—we, the American people.

Sanders’ common sense, populist message is resonating with Democrats, Republicans, independents, as well as ordinary working- and middle-class Americans from all walks of life, including millennials, seniors, veterans, immigrants, environmentalists, union workers, and more.

In this short, accessible book, author Jonathan Tasini draws heavily from Sanders’ ample public record of speeches, statements, and interviews, and couples his working-class spirit with specific legislation he has championed on a number of core proposals that comprise a broader people’s agenda for America, including:

  • A national, single-payer health care system;
  • Free public higher education;
  • Taking on wealth and income inequality;
  • Preserving Social Security;
  • Caring for our veterans;
  • Ensuring civil rights for all;
  • Combatting climate change;
  • Reforming Wall Street, and much more.

The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is a must-read for anyone who shares a vision for a forward-looking, sustainable, and more just United States of America, and is eager to change the course of history.

Reviews and Praise

Library Journal-

"If you are a Bernie Sanders fan, no doubt you will enjoy this book. If you are not a follower of Sanders, no doubt you won’t read this book, for this work by author, analyst, and political commentator Tasini (The Audacity of Greed) is not an objective piece of critical political analysis. It’s not meant to be. Essentially, this is an attempt (and perhaps the November 2016 election will prove how successful an attempt) to persuade voters to endorse and elect Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont and Democratic candidate for the presidency during this primary season, the 45th U.S. president. Sanders is a very popular senator, self-described American Socialist, and, according to Tasini, an ‘authentic' person with no unvarnished opinions and beliefs. If one’s purpose is to discover the essence of Sanders’s political views and his policy preferences, then this study deserves close scrutiny. Not a standard campaign political biography, nor hagiography, the book, which is quite readable and accessible, is essentially an extended political pamphlet. Those readers desiring a more in-depth, objective analysis of Sanders the man, Sanders the seasoned, successful politico, will have to look elsewhere. Verdict: Recommended for serious policy wonks and committed Sanders followers.

"This book is very useful for finding Bernie language on key issues and the many sections that connect the dots such as  immigration and failed trade deals"--Larry Cohen, past president Communications Workers (CWA) and advisor to Bernie2016

"The key difference between Bernie Sanders and everyone else in the presidential race is that Bernie's views have been unwavering, and his ideas are unifying and fortifying for all Americans. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is essential reading about a courageous, brilliant, and honest man who would lead our country to a far better place."--Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents' Bankers 

“This is the most relevant book of 2016.”--Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed

"Here in Vermont, voters have always given Bernie huge margins because they know that (unlike the rest of American politics) what you see is what you get. Read what he has to say, and don't doubt he means every word of it.”--Bill McKibben, founder 350.org