Progressive Bookshelf

Useful books to help you change the world for the better.





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Politics the Wellstone Way: How to
Elect Progressive Candidates and Win on
Issues by Wellstone Action. Simply the
best campaign book available. Buy it, read
it, share it. Educate, Advocate and
Organize. What are you waiting for?
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Doing Democracy: The Map Model for
Organizing Social Movements by Bill
Moyer. A must read for every political
activist. Doing Democracy outlines the
eight stages of social movements, the four
roles of activists, and case studies from
the civil rights, women's health, and
globalization movements etc.
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Had Enough? : A Handbook for Fighting
Back by James Carville, Jeff Nussbaum.
Possibly the most useful and entertaining
books on this list. It's perfect for that
borderline aunt or uncle or cranky friend.
You can get these used for less than .50
cents through Amazon so by them in
bulk and pass them out.
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The Truth (with Jokes) by Al Franken.
Get the audio version for maximum
laughs. Listen during your commute, at
work or working out. The new MP3 CDs
are less expensive and get the whole
book on 1 CD but only play in certain
MP3 CD players.

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Don't Think of an Elephant: Know
Your Values and Frame the Debate by
George Lakoff. Paperback / Audio CD






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Unequal Protection: The Rise of
Corporate Dominance and the Theft of
Human Rights by Thom Hartmann.
Excellent historical timeline of how we
got into the mess we are in now and what
has to be done. Listen to Thom live on
the radio every morning (9am-noon) on
Am 620 KPOJ Also from noon til 3pm
on a separate stream from
Air America /
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The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight:
Revised and
Updated: The Fate of the
World and What We Can
Do Before It's
Too Late by Thom Hartmann.
Global
warming explained. Leonardo DiCaprio

created a web movie titled "Global
Warming
" based
on this book: Listen to
Thom live on the radio every morning
(9am-noon)
on Am 620 KPOJ Also from
noon til 3pm on a
separate stream
from Air America /
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50 Ways to Love Your Country
by Moveon.org
Paperback / Audio MP3 CD






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The One-Hour Activist: The 15 Most
Powerful Actions You Can Take to Fight
for the Issues and Candidates You Care
about by Christopher Kush. A guide to
influencing lawmakers, candidates, and
reporters with proven grassroots actions
that take less than an hour to complete.
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Rebuilding the Democratic Party from
the Grassroots: The Ultimate Guidebook
for Democrats by Shawn M. O'donnell and
Drucilla Badurina. A blueprint for taking
the Democratic Party back to its core
values and back to the people with
bottom-up election reform.
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Stop the Next War Now: Effective
Responses to Violence and Terrorism by
Medea Benjamin. A reflective look and call
to action to end violence "Stop the Next
War Now" shares expert insight on the
issues and powers-that-be that encourage
war, including the media, politicians,
global militarization, and the pending
scarcity of natural resources.
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Start Making Sense: Turning the Lessons
of Election 2004 Into Winning
Progressive Politics by Don Hazen.
Excellent book.
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Loud and Clear in an Election Year
by Holly Minch.
The essential election-year resource for
nonprofits.
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The Activist's Handbook
by Randy Shaw
A hard-hitting guide to making social
change happen with grassroots activism.

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Organizing for Social Change:
Manual for Activists by many. For
grassroots activists seeking social, political,
environmental and economic change at
local, state and national levels.
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Taking Back the Vote: Getting American
Youth Involved by Jane Eisner. Young
people are volunteering in record
numbers, but many of them don"t vote.
Why? In Taking Back the Vote, Jane
Eisner analyzes this decline in voter
participation and suggests concrete ways
of reinvigorating our youth to get out and
vote.
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Get Out the Vote: Increase Voter Turnout
by Donald Green, Alan Gerber. Based on
rigorous science, conducted in real
electoral settings "Get Out the Vote!"
examines the effectiveness of door-to-door
canvassing, telephone calls, direct mail,
and other campaign tactics and is a
practical guide for anyone trying to
mobilize voters or organize at the grass
roots. Paperback


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How to Change the World: Social
Entrepreneurs and the Power of New
Ideas by David Bornstein. Fascinating
stories of remarkable people who question
the status quo, exploit new opportunities,
refuse to give up — and remake the world
for the better.
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
by Joe Trippi. Lays out a compelling
view of how technology has caused
massive change throughout history but
more importantly how it never happens
instantly. Trippi gives a great perspective
on how we can use the still infant
technology of the Internet to change
the world. Paperback


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God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It
Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It by
Rev. Jim Wallis. Speaking to the
importance of religious and moral values,
not as mere tools for political and economic
gain but as essential instruments of social
justice, Jim Wallis brings together the
discussion of faith, politics, and culture in
this country, and asks how our leaders
can continue to ignore issues such as
poverty, racial inequity, and war.
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What's the Matter with Kansas?: How
Conservatives Won the Heart of America
by Thomas Frank. A clear, funny and sad
analysis that shows how frat boys, Wall
Street lawyers, and CEOs have decieved
blue-collar and small farmer patriots into
voting away their own way of life.
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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can
Make a Big Difference by Malcolm
Gladwell. An excellent book that examines
diverse examples of how ideas, products,
messages, and behaviors travel through
culture and transform the fabric of our
world.
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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
by Al Franken. Al Franken destroys the
myth of liberal media bias with thorough
research and biting humor. Franken uses
the actual statements of right-wing
pundits to reveal a shocking level of
clever deception coming from the
conservative wing of America. Paperback


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A People's History of the United States:
1492-Present by Howard Zinn. Presents
the other side of American history from
the point of view of — and in the words
of — its women, factory workers, African-
Americans, Native Americans, working
poor, and immigrant laborers. In doing so,
Howard Zinn provides an important
perspective of the conditions which led
to the progress we have made along the
path toward democracy.
Audio version
read by Matt Damon. Paperback / Audio CD


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War Is a Racket by Smedley D. Butler.
An extraordinary argument against war
more relevant now than ever, this is an
anti-war classic by America's most
decorated Marine general with 40 photos.
It's very short and will blow you away
becuase it was written in the mid 30's but
if you added a few 0s it could have been
written in 2002.
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