The Essential Bernie Sanders


Format: Dead Trees

Source: Public Library

Rating: 3.5

Tasini wrote this book prior to Sanders stepping down from trying to be the Democratic Representative for President of the United States.  The book is set up that you can pick up and read any section you want. One thing I enjoyed about this book is, it gives Sanders speeches from 2015 and back.  So it was nice to read Sanders saying the same thing decades ago that he is saying today.

If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. We can provide hundred of billion dollars in tax breaks for the top 1% but cannot raise minimum wage.

In the mid 90’s Sanders was fighting so hard for women to be treated fairly Gloria Steinem named him an Honorary Woman.  A title that I am sure not many people have had.

Each chapter of this book is devoted to Sanders’ view on Foreign Policy, Tax Reform, Immigration, Big Business, Agriculture and something that he has been trying to change in America for almost 60 years, Racism.  I did not agree with Sanders on all points, but I did like the way the book gave back information on why he felt the way he did on each topic.  Like immigration, finding out that his parents were immigrants and how he grew up in rent-controlled apartments, I can understand why he feels so strongly about poverty and immigration.


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