Beyond the messy truth : how we came apart, how we come together / Van Jones.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart--by the CNN political contributor and host hailed as "a star of the 2016 campaign" (The New York Times) who coined the term"whitelash" Van Jones burst into the American consciousness during the 2016 presidential campaign with an unscripted, truth-telling style and an already established history of bridge-building across party lines. His election night commentary became a viral sensation. A longtime progressive activist with deep roots in the conservative South, Jones has made it his mission to challenge voters and viewers to stand in one another's shoes and disagree constructively. Now, 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. "The entire national conversation today can be reduced to a simple statement--'I'm right, and you're wrong,'" Jones has said. But the truth is messier; both sides have flaws. Both parties have strayed from their highest principles and let down their core constituencies. Rejecting today's political tribalism, Jones issues a stirring call for a new "bipartisanship from below." Recognizing that tough challenges require the best wisdom from both liberals and conservatives, he points us toward practical answers to problems that affect us all regardless of region or ideology: rural and inner-city poverty, unemployment, addiction, unfair incarceration, and the devastating effects of the pollution-based economy on both coal country and our urban centers. In explaining how he arrived at his views, Jones shares behind-the-scenes memories from his decades spent marching and protesting on behalf of working people, inspiring stories of ordinary citizens who became champions of their communities, and little-known examples of cooperation that have risen from the fog of partisan conflict. In his quest for positive solutions, Van Jones encourages us to set fire to our old ways of thinking about politics and come together where the pain is greatest. Advance praise for Beyond the Messy Truth "Part manifesto, part manual for activism, [Beyond the Messy Truth] is enlivened by case histories and personal anecdotes that serve as support for the author's assertions. The author proposes common projects that may bring opposing sides together. [and] offers concrete suggestions to revive democracy, heal culture wars, and prevent a Trump victory in 2020."--Kirkus Reviews "Van Jones is a light in the darkness when we need it most. Beyond the Messy Truth breaks with the tribalism of today's politics and offers us a way forward. In the tradition of the great bridge builders of our past, Van's love for this country and all its people shines through."--Cory Booker, U.S. senator, New Jersey Includes an invaluable resource of contacts, books, media, and organizations for bipartisan bridge-building and problem solving"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Introduction -- America Betrayed-By Both Parties -- An Open Letter to Liberals -- An Open Letter to Conservatives -- Whitelash: Myths and Facts -- Prince, Newt, and the Way Forward: Portraits in Strange Bedfellows -- The Beautiful Work: Four Solutions -- Conclusion: Reclaiming Our Founding Dream -- Appendix I: Bridge-Building Resources -- Appendix II: Be Informed, Get Involved.
    • ISBN:
      9780399180026
      0399180028
    • Accession Number:
      2017036063
    • Accession Number:
      ocn973520747
      973520747
    • Accession Number:
      fay.552392
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    • ABNT:
      JONES, V. Beyond the messy truth : how we came apart, how we come together. [s. l.]: Ballantine Books, 2017. ISBN 9780399180026. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.552392. Acesso em: 8 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Jones V. Beyond the Messy Truth : How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. Ballantine Books; 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.552392. Accessed December 8, 2019.
    • APA:
      Jones, V. (2017). Beyond the messy truth : how we came apart, how we come together. Ballantine Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.552392
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Jones, Van. 2017. Beyond the Messy Truth : How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. Ballantine Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.552392.
    • Harvard:
      Jones, V. (2017) Beyond the messy truth : how we came apart, how we come together. Ballantine Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.552392 (Accessed: 8 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Jones, V 2017, Beyond the messy truth : how we came apart, how we come together, Ballantine Books, viewed 8 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Jones, Van. Beyond the Messy Truth : How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. Ballantine Books, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.552392.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Jones, Van. Beyond the Messy Truth : How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. Ballantine Books, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.552392.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Jones V. Beyond the messy truth : how we came apart, how we come together [Internet]. Ballantine Books; 2017 [cited 2019 Dec 8]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.552392

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 October #1

Long before the election of 2016, the U.S. was well on its way to becoming a divided country and Jones, a CNN contributing analyst and host of The Messy Truth, had a front-row seat for the changes that were taking place in the populace and in politics. Jones' personal and professional background as a member of the Obama administration and an environmental and social-justice activist, as a Yale-educated lawyer and a child of the rural South, have placed him at every point on the broad spectrum of political discourse. He takes a long view, therefore, of the polarization that now dominates the news, expressing a thoughtful plea for unity amid the entrenched outrage and paralysis that are preventing the passing of important federal legislation and the resolution of democracy-threatening conflicts, and possible obsolescence of our two major political parties. Speaking with heartfelt conviction and clarity of purpose, Jones proffers an achievable pathway to harmony for ideologues of both conservative and liberal persuasions. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.