How did we get here, America? How did our relationship get so broken? And where do we go now? Starting with the premise that Americans' most important relationship is with their nation, Joel Berg's second book, America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation, makes a case for how we must both stop blaming the nation's problems solely on "the politicians" or "theHow did we get here, America? How did our relationship get so broken? And where do we go now? Starting with the premise that Americans' most important relationship is with their nation, Joel Berg's second book, America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation, makes a case for how we must both stop blaming the nation's problems solely on "the politicians" or "the system" and take personal responsibility to solve them. Written as both a hilarious parody of relationship and self-help books and a deadly serious analysis of the nation's political and economic dysfunction, the book dissects how Donald Trump and other Republicans won over white, working-class voters, and includes a concrete plan to win them back, and well as a broader roadmap for reducing poverty, bolstering the middle class, and powering an overall progressive resurgence. Through his biting critique, clear-headed prescriptions, and amusing charts, Joel shows how average Joes and Janes can channel their anger at our hobbled government into concrete actions that will fix our democracy, make our economy work for everyone, and restore our stature in the world as a beacon of freedom, diversity, and hope. The American people are in it for the long haul, and, as in all relationships, both sides must recognize their issues and work together to fix them. This book will do more than offer comfort for sobbing progressives--it will show the path to redemption.Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison wrote: “This book is both important and entertaining. We need both – I've never seen the political world so sad, so foolish. So dangerous. This book will certainly help.” Tom Colicchio, chef, TV judge, and activist said the book is: “A timely take-no-prisoners argument for sane and humane policies by the master truth-teller, Joel Berg. Been wondering how we can really make America great again? Read this book.” Filmmaker and activist Lori Silverbush said: “Fearless and compulsively readable, America, We Need to Talk will make you laugh, think, and snort coffee through your nose. Joel Berg is that irascible uncle who speaks the unmentionable truth at family dinners. You may squirm, but secretly you’re glad he’s there.”As an acclaimed author, a frequent voice in the national media, and the outspoken CEO of the nonprofit group Hunger Free America, Joel Berg is a respected international leader in the fields of hunger, poverty, food, and US politics....
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America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation Reviews
This ultimately serious book made me laugh out loud in spots. The way he plays off famous self-help and relationship books to prove his points is clever and lightens the subject, too(think: Eat Pray Love & Then Get Fired for Spending So Much Time Away from Work). It's almost as though he covered my political broccoli with laughs as cheese sauce. My mother did that and it was a smart way to get me to eat my vegetables.It's hard to imagine finding anything funny about Washington these days, even though much of what you see on the news is surreal. Sure, I still watch Trump sitting in the Oval Office and wonder if I'm watching SNL, which would be slap-your-knees hysterical, if only it wasn't so terrifying and probably dangerous. The barrage of bad news, congressional bad-mouthing, and seemingly unhinged presidential tweets can be overwhelming. And some days (most) everyone seems to be angry at everyone else, on TV and social media, in families, on the streets -- especially when it comes to politics.But this book is not just hilarious, it is hopeful. Joel Berg is mad as hell but he blows off steam with both humor (dark and dad-style both) and action. He covers the gamut, from race to sexism to class and looks at both the left and the right with magnifying glasses. It's sad that I find it amazing that Berg ends up where we all really should: having hope for our country and hope for us as Americans. Joel Berg votes for hope over cynicism and rallies against average folks giving up on politics. Wow.It's almost as though this guy thinks we should be putting the country first over petty bullshit. I like to imagine he's not alone in this assessment. For me, it was inspiring to read practical suggestions on what I can do, myself, to change the system, in addition to voting. His first book also had real-world actions that we all could take. Diagnosing problems is easier than working on cures. I want to be part of the cure.Berg's worked in the trenches fighting hunger and injustice and knows his stuff. America, We Need to Talk is an easy, fun read and important, too. Definitely recommended.
4.25 / 5.0Well thought out factual survey of contentious issues in American Society. Prescriptions for action tilt progressive to left liberal and workable. Focus leans tow hunger issues. End was a bit disappointing as it devolves into pipe dream solutions. Delight witty cynical, ironic, and self deprecating humor throughout.
You wouldn't think a policy book about poverty would be funny, but there it is. Berg offers a comprehensive and comprehensible analysis of America's social ills and offers real solutions. It's a progressive vision, and very readable. Recommended.
You wouldn't think a policy book about fixing poverty would be funny, but there it is. Berg offers a comprehensive and comprehensible analysis of America's social ills, with real solutions. Recommended.
Enjoying this book so far. There is a lot of information to absorb here and I am also reading two other books but I keep coming back to this one.A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down - and by that, I mean his humor. Because it is a dark and painful subject, he has leavened his information with numerous footnotes, asides and photos. They do keep the book from being your usual Nader-Raider type treatise but can at times be a distraction. I very much liked his first book 'All You Can Eat' and in the current climate of budget cuts across the board for SNAP and school lunch programs, this new book is an important addition to the conversation.This book actually gets better as it goes along. In the later chapters there are less distractions and more content. He has some interesting ideas for programs that could at least put a dent in the problem. Hopefully, more Conservative readers will not have left by the time he reaches across the aisle to come up with solutions even middle of the road-ers might agree with.