I was so excited to read Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders. I am/was a huge supporter of Bernie’s campaign for president, so I was interested to hear what he had to say to all of us about next steps. This book was released right after the general election, and while it didn’t necessary state an expectation of the result of the election, it was pretty clear that Bernie was hoping Hillary Clinton would have won. He mentioned a few times about compromises he’d made with her campaign as if they’d be policies we’d be seeing implemented at this point. In that way, this book was slightly outdated as soon as it was published. Sadly.
The first part of the book gives Bernie’s history in politics up to the end of his presidential campaign. For me, a supporter, this section was very interesting. I didn’t know much about his early political career, and I enjoyed reading about the presidential campaign from his perspective.
But the real meat of this book is the second part, which outlines all of the issues facing America today and Bernie’s plans for solving them. I found this part to be an honest look into the politics of Washington D.C. Sanders exposed many additional horrors that I did not know about our corrupt political system. He covered all of the high points.
My main disappointment with this book is that I was hoping to hear some practical things that I could do, as an average American citizen. Most of Sanders solutions to the current crises were to talk about certain legislation that he had proposed or would like to propose in Congress. It didn’t give me any concrete actions that I could take, and so for that reason it didn’t seem like much of Our revolution. But again it could have just been that he was expecting the book to release into a world where Hillary was our president.
The audio version (Audible) of this book was terrific. The first part and the last segment about the media and their involvement in the corruption of our government were read by Bernie Sanders himself. The majority of part 2 was read by Mark Ruffalo, who is a huge supporter of Bernie and the Progressive movement (and also happens to be one of my favorite actors).
I really enjoyed listening to this book, but it took me a long time to get through at. When I first started it in January, I was still very heartbroken about the election results, and I kept crying while listening. It is so upsetting to think that this amazing man could have been our president. Then once I got into the issue discussion, I could only listen to a little at a time because that was upsetting in a whole new way. I kept getting discouraged about the future of our nation.
If you’re looking for a current-state analysis of the nation, I highly encourage you to read this book – and maybe just skip part 1 if you’re not a fan of Bernie Sanders.
Rating: 4 Stars