America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation: Joel Berg Discussion & Booksigning
In his newest book, America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation , Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg discusses how Americans can effectively channel their anger at our hobbled government into concrete actions to fix our democracy and make our economy work for everyone. Written as both a witty parody of self-help books and a deadly serious analysis of the nation’s political and economic dysfunction, America, We Need to Talk dissects how Donald Trump and other Republicans won over white, working-class voters, and includes a concrete plan to win them back, and well as a broader road-map for reducing poverty, bolstering the middle class, and powering an overall progressive resurgence.
Starting with the belief that it is irresponsible for Americans to blame the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system,” Joel makes a case for how it is the personal responsibility of every resident of this country to fix it. The American people are in a relationship with their government and their society, and, as in all relationships, it is the responsibility of both sides to recognize and repair their problems. With Joel Berg’s biting critique, clear-headed prescriptions, and amusing charts, America, We Need to Talk will do more than offer comfort for sobbing progressives—it will show the path to America’s redemption.
Labeled “Mister Frowny Pants” by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 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 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. Noted by City Limits 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. 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. For booksigning, receipt from this BN store or BN.com is required. If you would like to let us know you are attending contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 826-8885.