Sunday, June 04, 2006

June 2006 Book Club Selection : The Revolution Will Not be Televised, Joe Trippi

The perfect storm is coming

Many people are shocked at how close John Kerry came to being runner-up to Howard Dean for the 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidacy.

Reading The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, it becomes crystal clear that few people were more surprised by how close "people powered Howard" came to the ultimate underdog victory than his campaign manager, Joe Trippi.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised chronicles the unlikely tale of how Howard and Trippi utilized the power of the internet to establish an electronic consituency that nearly delivered Howard to the White House. It's a tale of a battle contested between "old politics" and "new politics", with the future of the United States on the line. Ultimately, it's a tale of the grassroots foundation that mainstream American politics have foresaken rising up to reclaim their system, and reclaim their country.

It quickly becomes apparent that the book is essentially a blueprint for building something phenomenal out of nothing. It drags the reader throughout its pages, and drags them out of the television-enslaved past and transplants them into the present, a world that is quickly becoming something that was once envisioned as the distant future.

This book is a fantastic read, and leaves the reader with a great deal to chew on.

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