In the aftermath of one of America’s most derisive and bitter elections to date, a message of hope is much needed, and with Bernie Sanders now undertaking his book tour for Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, his new book couldn’t possibly come at a better time.
Just last month, the Wall Street Journal was discussing Sanders’ upcoming book, released on November 15, and noted that it wasn’t without its risks, especially as so many people were angry after the 2016 presidential election and may not be in the mood for politics anymore. An owner of a bookstore in Kansas quipped that a lot of people who had been let down may just give up completely and wouldn’t be interested in Bernie’s new book.
“There’s never a guarantee. Once the election is over, people might say, ‘I’m so done with this!'”
November 15th launch date for the Bernie Book and the country wide tour.
— BigClub& UAin’t InIt (@uberyacht) November 14, 2016
However, once Bernie Sanders launched his book tour for Our Revolution, it quickly became evident that everyone was still excited about the favorite Democratic candidate of voters everywhere and fans were wildly keen to read his new book. His 464-page hardcover book jumped to No. 3 on Amazon’s 100 best-sellers list the day before it was released and graced the No. 1 spot on the official day of its publication.
In Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, Bernie describes how he understood from the start of his journey that he was going to face many difficult and seemingly insurmountable challenges in his battles ahead.
“In my heart of hearts, I knew how difficult this challenge would be. We were not just running an insurgent campaign as an underdog, we were taking aim at the nation’s entire political and financial establishment.”
On the first day of Bernie Sanders’ book tour, 600 people showed up for a chance to see their brave icon of hope and change speak, with many waiting 12 hours or more for the chance to meet him. Many of Bernie’s fans emerged in tears after speaking with him, and everybody felt emboldened after their meeting. One voter described the overriding sentiment of hope that Sanders evoked in those who were in attendance.
“People had a mental breakdown. Seeing Bernie again gives us hope.”
Speaking about the difficulties many Americans are facing today, Sanders explained that these are “hard times” and that he felt an “enormous sense of obligation” to help empower his supporters.
“The answer is not despair. The answer is not to give up. The answer is to become involved.”
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Don’t look around and say, “Why isn’t he doing it, why isn’t she doing it?” Get involved yourself.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 19, 2016
On the Bernie Sanders book tour, supporters asked about the choice for his title of Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, and Sanders expressed that he wasn’t quite certain how well the book would do as he didn’t include any idle chit chat or gossip in it, but chose to focus only on the messages he felt America needed to hear most.
“I like the book. Needless to say, I’m prejudiced. But I suspect the reviews will not be great. There’s no gossip in it. There’s no juicy stuff in it. I know that. On the other hand, I think we need to take a very, very hard look at where we are as a country, where we have to go, and that’s what the book does.”
If you are interested in getting involved and seeing Bernie Sanders talk about his new book, there are 17 stops in all that will be included on his tour. Some will include meet-and-greets and some will feature discussions, such as the one that was held on November 16 at George Washington University at a 1500-seat auditorium. On November 29 in Los Angeles, for instance, Bernie will be in conversation with Sarah Silverman at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. If you are a Bernie Sanders supporter you owe it to yourself to see him on his new book tour for Our Revolution.
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