About the Launch Event
The event will be a book talk and signing at on Tuesday February 21, 2017, 7:00 PM, at the Barnes & Noble, Upper East Side
150 East 86th Street (near Lexington), in Manhattan.
About the Book
Starting with the premise that the 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 take personal responsibility to solve them. The book has already received acclaim from high-profile Americans such as Toni Morrison, Tom Colicchio, and Congressman Jim McGovern.
Written as both a hilarious parody of relationship and self-help books and a deadly serious analysis of the nation'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, and includes a concrete plan to win them back, as well as a broader roadmap for reducing poverty, bolstering the middle class, and powering an overall progressive resurgence.
As an acclaimed author, a frequent voice in the national media, and the outspoken CEO of the nonprofit group Hunger Free America, Joel Berg is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on hunger, US politics, poverty, community development, and food. Berg calls his book the world’s first “public policy self-help book.” It combines a biting critique of today’s America with clear-headed prescriptions that show how average Joes and Janes can channel their anger at our hobbled government into concrete 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 plan to build a “Responsibility for All America,” including specific ideas for radically overhauling anti-poverty programs with modern technology and helping Americans pay for college by performing national service.
This book will do more than offer comfort for sobbing progressives—it will show the path to redemption. It is specifically designed to be a ‘how to book’ for how every American can take concrete, practical actions to reclaim America for sanity.”
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.” 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.” 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.” “Joel Berg puts America on the couch for some tough-love therapy, said Will Marshall, President of the Progressive Policy Institute. “It’s a witty, acerbic and passionate unraveling of our country’s twisted feelings about race, poverty and social responsibility.”
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