Rebuild The Dream by Van Jones

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A cynic might think that the timing and content of the book is part of an effort to overcome the “enthusiasm gap” among 2008 Obama voters that some fear could cost him the election this time.
-South Central Federation of Labor


In Rebuild the Dream, green economy pioneer Van Jones reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider. For the first time, he shares intimate details of his time in government – and reveals why he chose to resign his post as a special advisor to the Obama White House.

Jones puts his hard-won lessons to good use, proposing a powerful game plan to restore hope, fix our democracy and renew the American Dream. The American Dream means different things to people, but the center of gravity is always the same: an ordinary person—who was not born with great wealth, but who is willing to work hard and play by the rules—should be able to find employment, live in a good community, make progress financially, retire with dignity, and give his or her children a better life. That dream is fading. On Main Street, too many people are working harder than ever – while falling further behind. They play by the rules, but cannot succeed. At the same time, other Americans, including the worst of Wall Street, break every rule, but cannot fail – because someone has already decided that they are “too big” to fail. The American Dream has been turned upside down and inside out. It is time to set things right. As the first Obama administration official to write a book about his experiences, Jones offers a unique perspective. In explaining why the 2008 “hope” bubble burst, he unveils the seven biggest mistakes made by the White House and its supporters. He explores the origin and fate of the movements that helped to elect President Obama, as well as those that have challenged and shaped his presidency. Along the way, Jones systematically reveals surprising parallels between Obama’s people-powered campaign, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. At this pivotal moment, Jones argues that we must make our economy respect the 99% and work for the 100%, not just the 1%. He proposes serious solutions that fit the scale of our problems. Rebuild the Dream sets forth bold ideas inspired by the progressive values that made the twentieth century the “American Century.” It shows how key public policies and investments can create millions of good, American jobs. America is still the best idea in the world. The American middle class is still her greatest invention. Rebuild the Dream is dedicated to the proposition that – with the right strategy– both can be preserved and strengthened for generations to come.

About Van Jones

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Van Jones is the founder and former president of Green For All. In March of 2009, he became the special advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Van Jones lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife and two sons.
Published April 3, 2012 by Nation Books. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Dominion of New York

Reviewed by Joshua Bloodworth on Apr 19 2012

And though Rebuild the Dream shares the general DNA of works by media personalities looking to cash is too well-reasoned and too well-written (and too full of facts) to be dismissed as just another screaming manifesto...

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South Central Federation of Labor

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Reviewed by Ron Blascoe on May 09 2012

A cynic might think that the timing and content of the book is part of an effort to overcome the “enthusiasm gap” among 2008 Obama voters that some fear could cost him the election this time.

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Reviewed by Mal Warwick on Apr 16 2012

In recent years, Jones has emerged as one of the most charismatic and outspoken younger leaders of our time. This book proves he has also become one of the most insightful, too.

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Portfolio of Passions

Reviewed by Leanne Grossman

I found the book compelling, thought-provoking and inspiring. Many of us have been seeking this giant dose of leadership to keep us moving forward.

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Reviewed by Alli Starr

This smart and well laid-out book offers an exploration of the new cooperative/shared economy that has seeded and is growing beyond the failed models, and what it will take for us to regain balance with nature and the climat

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