American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves


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Counterpoint LLC
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5.7 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Bob Garfield is the cohost of WNYC's weekly Peabody Award-winning On the Media. Garfield has been a columnist and contributing editor for The Washington Post Magazine, The Guardian, and USA Today, as well as an author, lecturer, podcaster, and broadcast personality on ABC, CBS, CNBC, PBS, and NPR. He lives in suburban Washington, D.C.


In the vast, bland American wasteland of homogenized, regurgitated media, there is a lone, heroic taco truck. Bob Garfield is that taco truck. Nourishing. Defiant. Also very smart and very brave. American Manifesto is his spicy masterpiece. --Alec Baldwin

Short, specific, and droll. It is very much worth reading, for ideas about the next stage in the world's recovery from failed, weak, and in other ways troubled media systems. -James Fallows, The Atlantic

Longtime media critic and journalist Garfield examines the salient factors that shaped American politics prior to the 2016 election and that continue to influence voter attitudes as the 2020 campaigns get underway . . . Garfield offers practical advice on how to transform outrage into positive action. Fans of his Peabody Award-winning public radio program, On the Media, will recognize Garfield's bold yet grounded humor, while his trenchant analysis and surprisingly hopeful vision will motivate readers to pay attention and get involved. --Booklist

In American Manifesto, Bob Garfield bares our national soul, and it's hellishly dark. We've divided ourselves by everything under the sun, eroding the idea of America as the common home of the many. With wit, passion, and insight, Garfield dissects the problem and issues a call to action. He will convince you that it's time to get out the door. --Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University and author of How America Lost Its Mind

In a time when explanations seem to be in short order and solutions virtually extinct, books like Bob Garfield's American Manifesto are a godsend. Here is a serious, probing work that gets to the heart of why we're in this political and cultural crisis and, miraculously enough, provides plausible solutions as to how to find our way out. Absolutely necessary reading. --Jared Yates Sexton, author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be

Bob Garfield speaks truth not just to power, but to the dangerously disempowered. Unflinchingly direct yet courageously sympathetic, his American Manifesto deconstructs the most infectious media virus of all time. Here is the vaccination that our collective immune system so desperately needs. -Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock and Team Human