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Taken for Granted

How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed
Narrated by: Gianno Caldwell
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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A Fox News political analyst tackles some of our communities’ toughest challenges with timely insight from his own life: the story of how conservative values helped a kid from the South Side of Chicago find a life of opportunity.

"A must-read." (Brian Kilmeade, best-selling author of Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers)

Born to a mother consumed by drugs and raised by his grandmother in poverty on the South Side of Chicago, Gianno Caldwell saw firsthand how lawmakers from both parties have failed African-American voters on issues like poverty, welfare, and education. But as someone who beat the odds growing up under a fear-based mentality that limits what people can achieve, Caldwell believes there’s another way.

In this groundbreaking audiobook, the Fox News analyst describes his personal journey while detailing a hopeful vision for a nation no longer beholden to identity politics and self-limitations. Trapped within the expectations and traditions of our communities, families, political parties, faith, race, and gender, we fail to challenge our politicians and ourselves to create real change. Now more than ever, we need to confront preconceived notions about the Democrats and Republicans, public policy, and American history.

Looking at the obstacles facing urban communities, such as crime, education, and social mobility, Caldwell digs beneath the statistics. By spotlighting the moments that enabled his rise to success, he proffers steps that can help more people overcome the odds - whether through policy reform or the heroic efforts of men and women who are already working to make a difference in their own communities.

©2019 Gianno Caldwell (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Gianno’s remarkably inspiring story not only provides a pathway to success for anyone forced to overcome the odds in life, it also lays out a road map for any Republican who aspires to win back the trust and loyalty of the African American community. A must read." (Brian Kilmeade, best-selling author of Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans)

"Gianno Caldwell has written a gripping page-turner that reads more like a script for a movie than a political treatise, but that’s what it is. If you think you’ve read this book before - you haven’t. It’s important, new, fascinating, and fun. We’d live in a better world if there were more books like this." (Ann Coulter, best-selling author of Resistance Is Futile!)

"Gianno’s story is a must read for all Americans seeking to better their lives. He’s an inspirational figure." (Ben Shapiro, best-selling author of The Right Side of History)

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Loved it!

I listened in one setting. I often tell my people that AA's are often conservative in views. Presentation and not having a relatable jump off are barriers to embracing the moniker of Republican. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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A riveting book!

I totally enjoyed this audible book from start to finish. I will share copies of this book with friends and relatives, liberal and conservative. particularly enjoyed the author narrating the book. EXCELLENT!!

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Blown away!!

I am so glad I bought this book. I am a 64 year old white woman. I love Gianno’s heart and the way he conveys what is needed to lift people out of poverty and despair in the African American community. As a member of a multicultural church, I have a deep desire to understand better the experiences of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Gianno has given me a foundation to start a dialogue. Chapter 8 was such a treat!!!

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A real bro.

I lived in a housing project of Brooklyn New York and I do understand what this brother went through. To all my brothers and sisters I urge you to, BUY THIS BOOK!

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DECENT

Somewhat inspiring journey you have traveled. You didn't let the "haters" derail you. Just my humble opinion, you DON'T sound like a STRONG Republican. You might consider yourself a conservative, BUT you might fit and feel better with the Libertarian party.

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Inspiration beyond measure.

Gianno tells his story with such grace and eloquence that it draws you in immediately. He is smart, strong, wise, caring and humble. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to the young, old and everyone in between.

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One of the best books I've read in the last year!

Great book. Thank you for putting yourself out there for us. Most people wouldn't think that you and I could relate on many personal levels. But, I've witnessed hate, poverty, drug addiction, jealousy, toxic people, faith issues, and even racism. And I'm white. I'm not privileged. I made myself who I am, just like Gianno has. I grew up poor, without a father around, and helped raise my sister, while struggling personally with drugs and depression. Until we can all accept that everyone struggles with something, no matter our race, and we really don't know someone else's life history or thought process without talking with them first, then we will continue to reap what we sow. We need to change people's assumptions about others and "woe is me" mentality. We have to instill in our youth that they can be something and someone better. Gianno, you are an inspiration.

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Great Story

For being a conservative I thought some of the examples were really good /and some were wrong but overall great book.

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Breath of Fresh Air

Wow, I absolutely LOVED having Gianno narrate his own book. Hearing his story from him and seeing the sencerity in his eyes on his Chicago documentary recently has been so inspiring , and gives me hope for our country. It is SOOO important to have ALL politicians learn from Gianno, to stay focused on the common goal despite political affiliation and work together to get legislation passed that is really important to every day Americans!

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Outstanding!

A heartfelt and well written story of his personal struggles, triumphs and deeply held faith, that leaves you in quiet awe and respect for a path less traveled.