Our CEO Joel Berg
recently published a new book titled:
"America, We Need to Talk:
A Self-Help Book for the Nation."
Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison wrote: “This book is both important and entertaining. We need both – I've never seen the political world so sad, so foolish. So dangerous. This book will certainly help.”
Tom Colicchio, chef, TV judge, and activist said the book is: “A timely take-no-prisoners argument for sane and humane policies by the master truth-teller, Joel Berg. Been wondering how we can really make America great again? Read this book.”
Said Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA): “Joel Berg has done it again with another book to challenge policy makers and Americans to think boldly and creatively about how to solve some of the biggest issues facing our nation. Joel won’t rest until we end hunger and poverty once and for all. And, quite frankly, we need more people like him.”
Filmmaker and activist Lori Silverbush said: “Fearless and compulsively readable, America, We Need to Talk will make you laugh, think, and snort coffee through your nose. Joel Berg is that irascible uncle who speaks the unmentionable truth at family dinners. You may squirm, but secretly you’re glad he’s there.”
About America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation
Beginning with the premise that the most important relationship Americans have is with their nation, Joel Berg’s new book makes a case for how we must both stop blaming the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system” and also take personal responsibility to solve them. Written as both a hilarious parody of relationship and self-help books and a deadly serious analysis of the country’s political and economic dysfunction, the book utilizes both snappy text and eye-catching infographics to dissect how Donald Trump and other Republicans won over white, working-class voters. America, We Need to Talk is a “how-to book” with practical, positive action steps that can be taken by any American. It includes a concrete plan to win back important segments of the voting public, as well as a broader roadmap for reducing poverty, bolstering the middle class, and powering a progressive resurgence.
Berg calls his book the world’s first “public policy self-help guide.” It combines a biting critique of today’s America with clear-headed prescriptions that show how average Joes and Janes can channel their concerns and anger at our hobbled government into definitive actions. They are actions that will fix our democracy, make our economy work for everyone, and restore our stature in the world as a beacon of freedom, diversity and hope. It includes an innovative proposal to build a“Responsibility-for-All” America, including specific ideas for radically overhauling poverty programs with technology and helping Americans pay for college by performing national service.
About Joel Berg
Labeled “Mister Frowny Pants” by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (on which he once appeared), Joel Berg is the CEO of Hunger Free America, which the Nation called “one of the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and poverty in the nation.” Berg wrote the decade’s definitive book on US hunger, All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? (Seven Stories Press, 2008). Playboy (which Berg reads only for the reviews) called the book “refreshing” for its “optimism . . . rationality and passion.” Berg has also published numerous op-eds, poems, and policy papers and was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Policy Analyst at the Progressive Policy Institute, two DC-based think tanks. Berg has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches on four continents and in thirty-seven states, from Maine to Alaska, while surviving moose attacks and volcanic eruptions. Noted by City Limits magazine for his “trademark good-natured snarkiness,” Berg has been covered extensively by national and international media, appearing on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox News, CNN, National Public Radio, The Kudlow Report, All In with Chris Hayes, and the NBC Evening News, and quoted by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and tons of obscure blogs. Berg has also been featured in three documentary films. Prior to joining Hunger Free America, Berg worked for eight years in senior executive service positions in Bill Clinton’s presidential administration, served on the Clinton/Gore Presidential Transition Team, and staffed the 1992 Bill Clinton for President campaign. While working for 13 years as a political campaign professional, Berg lived in Kansas, Alaska, New Jersey, Maine, Arkansas, and New York. He now resides in Brooklyn, New York but has yet to overdose on local, artisanal kale chips.