February 18, 2016
Is it hot in here, or are we just feelin’ the Bern?!
In an election when Senator Bernie Sanders is shaking everything up, speaking for millions of Americans who thought they had no voice in electoral politics, Bernie — the new graphic biography by Ted Rall — is shaking things up, too, blasting onto the New York Times Bestseller List, attracting interest and praise, and generally making waves.
It’s easy to see why. Bypassing horse-race commentary and bloviation about the status quo, Bernie instead cuts incisively and wittily to the man behind the headlines. Who is the socialist rabble-rouser that has lodged such an unexpectedly successful challenge to the long-awaited coronation of Hillary Clinton? The son of an immigrant raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bernie seems to represent the consummate political outsider — laughed off initially, but now a serious contender for the presidency whom the polls now show in a dead heat with his rival.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Beltway predictions had Clinton picking up her party’s nomination in a snap. So who is Bernie Sanders? What were the experiences that formed his political conscience? How does his record as an activist and lawmaker stack up against the hype that has become associated with his candidacy? How do we understand Bernie the candidate, and Bernie the man? These are the questions Bernie asks.
At the same time, Bernie is also a political biography of the post-Vietnam Democratic Party, chronicling its rightward drift over the past thirty years and asking tough, timely, crucial questions about America and its future. How did we get where we are, mired in economic inequality and disagreements over social issues, with anyone who dares to imagine resolving them promptly branded “unrealistic”?
Bernie is a smart, fun guidebook to this weird, worrying election.
Ted Rall will be touring New England next week!
Friday, Feb 26th, 7pm at the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont!
Sunday, Feb 28th, 3pm at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont!
Super Tuesday, March 1st, 7pm at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire!
Official Ted Rall SuperFan Status to anyone who attends all three!