An inspiring commemoration of a historic event.

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TOGETHER WE RISE

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE PROTEST HEARD AROUND THE WORLD

Moving photographs and essays celebrate a powerful protest.

Hoping to revive the energy and commitment of the Women’s March on Washington of Jan. 21, 2017, the organizers have compiled a profusely illustrated volume of interviews, commentary, and essays, documenting the complex process of making the event a reality and the impact of participating. After Donald Trump’s election, one woman in Hawaii, feeling despondent and hopeless, posted an idea on Facebook: “I think we should march,” she wrote, immediately gaining the attention of a few dozen friends. By the next morning, 10,000 women had signed on, and the number began to grow, with other groups in several cities making plans independently. Then a few experienced organizers jumped in as coordinators. Immediately, it generated controversy. Black women objected to the name, which recalled the 1997 Million Woman March, focused on “uniting and empowering women of color.” The name was quickly changed, and inclusion became vital to planning and participation; soon the initial organizers learned the significance of terms such as “intersectional,” “white privilege,” and “racial justice.” Devising the Women’s March platform meant being sensitive to the concerns of Black Lives Matter and criminal justice reformers as well as those of immigrant, Native-American, LGBTQ, and disabled communities. Social justice activists, politicians, strategists, and diverse members of the arts community all contributed as planners under the auspices of the nonprofit Gathering for Justice, an organization started by Harry Belafonte. It soon became clear that the Women’s March was igniting resistance throughout the world. More than 3 million people marched across the United States (1 million in Washington, D.C.) and 5 million worldwide. On the National Mall, organizers were stunned when they looked out over the massive crowd. Eloquent essays and comments by participants, including celebrities such as Ashley Judd, America Ferrara, Maxine Waters, and New Yorker editor David Remnick, speak to their deep emotional response to the march. Urging continued activism, the editors offer a list of organizations in which to get involved.

An inspiring commemoration of a historic event.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-06-284343-2

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Dey Street/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Nov. 20, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2017

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A declaration worth hearing out in a time of growing inequality—and indignity.

ECONOMIC DIGNITY

Noted number cruncher Sperling delivers an economist’s rejoinder to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Former director of the National Economic Council in the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the author has long taken a view of the dismal science that takes economic justice fully into account. Alongside all the metrics and estimates and reckonings of GDP, inflation, and the supply curve, he holds the great goal of economic policy to be the advancement of human dignity, a concept intangible enough to chase the econometricians away. Growth, the sacred mantra of most economic policy, “should never be considered an appropriate ultimate end goal” for it, he counsels. Though 4% is the magic number for annual growth to be considered healthy, it is healthy only if everyone is getting the benefits and not just the ultrawealthy who are making away with the spoils today. Defining dignity, admits Sperling, can be a kind of “I know it when I see it” problem, but it does not exist where people are a paycheck away from homelessness; the fact, however, that people widely share a view of indignity suggests the “intuitive universality” of its opposite. That said, the author identifies three qualifications, one of them the “ability to meaningfully participate in the economy with respect, not domination and humiliation.” Though these latter terms are also essentially unquantifiable, Sperling holds that this respect—lack of abuse, in another phrasing—can be obtained through a tight labor market and monetary and fiscal policy that pushes for full employment. In other words, where management needs to come looking for workers, workers are likely to be better treated than when the opposite holds. In still other words, writes the author, dignity is in part a function of “ ‘take this job and shove it’ power,” which is a power worth fighting for.

A declaration worth hearing out in a time of growing inequality—and indignity.

Pub Date: May 5, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-7987-5

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Penguin Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020

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No one’s mind will be changed by Karl’s book, but it’s a valuable report from the scene of an ongoing train wreck.

FRONT ROW AT THE TRUMP SHOW

The chief White House and Washington correspondent for ABC provides a ringside seat to a disaster-ridden Oval Office.

It is Karl to whom we owe the current popularity of a learned Latin term. Questioning chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, he followed up a perhaps inadvertently honest response on the matter of Ukrainian intervention in the electoral campaign by saying, “What you just described is a quid pro quo.” Mulvaney’s reply: “Get over it.” Karl, who has been covering Trump for decades and knows which buttons to push and which to avoid, is not inclined to get over it: He rightly points out that a reporter today “faces a president who seems to have no appreciation or understanding of the First Amendment and the role of a free press in American democracy.” Yet even against a bellicose, untruthful leader, he adds, the press “is not the opposition party.” The author, who keeps his eye on the subject and not in the mirror, writes of Trump’s ability to stage situations, as when he once called Trump out, at an event, for misrepresenting poll results and Trump waited until the camera was off before exploding, “Fucking nasty guy!”—then finished up the interview as if nothing had happened. Trump and his inner circle are also, by Karl’s account, masters of timing, matching negative news such as the revelation that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election with distractions away from Trump—in this case, by pushing hard on the WikiLeaks emails from the Democratic campaign, news of which arrived at the same time. That isn’t to say that they manage people or the nation well; one of the more damning stories in a book full of them concerns former Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen, cut off at the knees even while trying to do Trump’s bidding.

No one’s mind will be changed by Karl’s book, but it’s a valuable report from the scene of an ongoing train wreck.

Pub Date: March 31, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5247-4562-2

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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