Thursday, November 23, 2017

Review: Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution

Title: Bernie SandersGuide to Political Revolution
Author: Bernie Sanders
Year Published: 2017


Genre: YA non-fiction
Pages: 205 (plus glossary)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2017 Google Reading map)USA

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money


Summary (from the inside flap of the book): The political revolution is just beginning. The economy, health care, education, the environment, social justice, and immigration. What role will you play?

Review: I picked this book up because the reviews I've seen are good and it will probably be in round two of the Cybils for which I am a judge (junior high/high school non-fiction). So, I got an early start on reading it.

I think this would be a great book for high school students, especially those taking Government and/or Economics during their senior year. At that age they are ready to hear information that is a bit more advanced, connects to voting, and applies to their lives as they leave high school and become more independent.

The chapters cover really important topics such as the minimum wage, health care, tax reform, climate change, and our police/justice system. While the information is not easy to digest, it is definitely written for teens (but trust me, I learned something as well) with statistics and graphs done in graphic novel-style illustrations and interspersed with images of Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail.

"If there was ever a time in history for a generation to be bold and think big, to stand up and to fight back, now is that time." --Bernie Sanders
Yes, this is a book that liberals will embrace (and so I did). Sanders is writing for youth and those that support government programs, free education and health care as a right and not a privilege, and redistribution of wealth so that everyone in America can succeed. There are comparisons of the US to other industrialized nations (so embarrassing) and calls for "mobilization" and "learning" at the end of each chapter. 

I would definitely put this on every high school library shelf and will donate my copy to the high school where I worked until last year.

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