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Joanna Bugajska

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  • Beyond the Messy Truth

  • How We Came Apart, How We Come Together
  • By: Van Jones
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

In Beyond the Messy Truth, Jones offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Tough on Donald Trump but showing respect and empathy for his supporters, Jones takes aim at the failures of both parties before and after Trump's victory. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. Calling us to a deeper patriotism, he shows us how to get down to the vital business of solving, together, some of our toughest problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never hated anyone before

  • By Joanna Bugajska on 11-17-17

I never hated anyone before

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-17

If months after 2016 Elections you found yourself checking your phone compulsively to read the latest news, to make see if the world is about to end (metaphorically... with North Korea possibly literally) because of Trump and to see what happened since you last checked that will make you question sanity, his, yours and the people who support him. After a while with the constant lies which send me into a tail spin of fact checking, seeing that these people either don't realize or choose not see or choose to ignore LIES - the constant lies, hypocrisy on steroids, "alternative facts" and anti-intellectualism - that I have started I have felt real animosity and the what I can only describe as hate towards those enabling what I consider warping of reality. This book is a good compress for the negative emotions I hold for all those who support Trump. While at least two of six or so groups that elected Trump like white supremacists and Evangelicals even after this book I still see as evil, I appreciated Van Jones putting a human face on the other groups and try to honestly SPEAK TRUTH TO THE PEOPLE.

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  • A Young People's History of the United States

  • By: Rebecca Stefoff, Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the 19th and 20th centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People’s History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds listeners that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Inclusive History for Young People

  • By Susie on 03-17-14

Balance to the official history

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-17

When I read that an Arizona Senator was trying to have the full, original version of this book banned from classroom, I of course had to find out its content. Official history textbooks are valuable but grossly incomplete. Argument against the "People's History of US" was it's extreme leftist bias. I think that since we are talking about facts, that argument is noting more than partisan nonsense, since facts don't have bias, they just are. Now, it's true that the book paints a very dark and at times (or even often) appealing picture of United States and it's people but that's because like the other texts it presents selective information. DIFFERENCE is that not just one but time and time again, the author tells you this and points out that it's not the official version, or COMPARES events to the official version, therein letting you know it's not the ONLY version of the events. No book is a COMPLETE coverage of anything, history or filed or even a story. As such this book NEEDS to be part of every school's curriculum. Especially now in the age when "alternative facts" and "fake news" concepts are being pushed into mainstream we need to make sure people, kids especially, are challenged into thinking for themselves. With this book many people will struggle to reconcile what they have been told - about America's greatness against America's shame. And that's a hard but good thing and ultimately only thing that can make America great (not again, since that never was).

6 of 9 people found this review helpful