Bernie Sanders Is Writing A Book About His Campaign To Come Out In November
Attention all Bernie fans: after a difficult week in which the beloved Vermont senator finally ended his campaign and endorsed Hillary Clinton, there’s actually some good news. Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is writing a book, slated to be released Nov. 15, exactly one week after election day. Sanders made a deal with Thomas Dunne Books, the publisher announced Thursday, and the book will have literally the Bernie-est title possible: Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. According to the Associated Press, the book will mainly feature Sanders’ reflections on his campaign.
“Throughout the year, both Bernie and his wife, Jane, kept records and notes. Sanders is using these as the basis for much of the text,” the publisher told the AP. “He will write about his early life as well as the campaign and the issues he cares so passionately about. Moreover, the final section, presently called ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ will outline a program of progressive activism for the coming years, a cause he is passionately committed to.” Dunne noted Sanders would be writing the book by himself.
Proving that, despite his pessimism and frequent portrayals of him as a stereotypical grouchy Grandpa, Sanders actually has a wicked sense of humor, the book will be priced at $27 in what CNN called “a nod to his average donation and reoccurring campaign meme.” Sanders consistently touted how his campaign was predominantly funded by small donors, with individual contributions averaging $27 a piece, while his rivals in both parties relied heavily on Super PACs and wealthy donors.
Sanders made restricting the power of big money in elections and politics at large a focal point of his campaign, and their stances and records on this issue were perceived as the biggest difference between Sanders and Clinton.
While Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton Tuesday was disappointing to some supporters, most acknowledged that it only came after Clinton adopted tuition-free public college and a public health care option, the crown jewels of Sanders’ platform. Additionally, his endorsement followed a string of victories in drafting the Democratic Party platform, from a $15 minimum wage, to social security expansion, abolishing the death penalty, and cracking down on Wall Street fraud.
Sanders received praise for his decision to not split the progressive vote between Clinton and insurgent Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who aggressively courted both Sanders and his supporters. However, I strongly doubt the decision to finally endorse Clinton was an easy one, and I look forward to reading his reflections on it in his book this November.
Sanders has previously published two books prior to this. His first book, Outsider in the White House, details his personal history, from his involvement in the senate, to his political organizing in Vermont, to his senate career, to the early days of his presidential campaign. Sanders’ second book, The Speech: On Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class, is really just a transcript of his eight-and-a-half-hour, widely-watched speech from December 2010 blasting attacks on the middle class, featuring a modern-day introduction written by him.
Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump have both written several books about their lives, careers, and visions for America.