New book on Bernie to be discussed


MANCHESTER >> On Saturday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore, author and reporter, Harry Jaffe, will present his new book, "Why Bernie Sanders Matters." Hot from the campaign trail, a vivid new biography goes inside Bernie Sanders's views, his unusual life, and his quest to make the American dream a reality for all.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may be the least political person in politics — a brusque, unpolished, Jewish Socialist from Brooklyn with deep-seated convictions and distaste for small talk. He is also, at 74, the rising star of the Democratic party, whose underdog bid for the presidential nomination has hit the marks of a serious contender: He's competitive with, and in some cases leading, Hillary Clinton in early state polls. He's closed the fundraising gap, and is drawing crowds of thousands to campaign rallies. Why? Because where most candidates are calculating and rehearsed, Sanders is frank, authentic, and impassioned. For 30 years, he has

spoken out against income inequality, environmental injustice, and privatized healthcare.

Now — amid an ever-widening chasm between the rich and the rest, and growing voter disenchantment — the country is listening.

With reporting from inside the campaign, personal relationships with Sanders's friends and colleagues, and meticulous research, noted reporter Harry Jaffe offers an engaging, insightful portrait of the ultimate outsider candidate, charting Sanders's course from Brooklyn to Burlington, and now to Des Moines and beyond.

Within the untold narrative of Sanders's origins and political development, he also examines the growth of the progressive movement, and the recent developments — including the Occupy movement, the Great Recession, and the rise of the millennial generation — that have shifted Sanders's views from fringe to focal point. At once a captivating biography, and a thought-provoking window into the contemporary political landscape, this will become the defining account of a pivotal moment in American history.

Harry Jaffe is a veteran journalist covering the city of Washington, D.C. — its politics, its crime, its heroes and villains. Beyond Washington, his work has been published in several notable publications and he's appeared in documentary films, TV and radio across the country and Europe.

Jaffe started reporting for the Rutland Herald in 1974. By 1977 he was a statewide correspondent for the Vermont Press Bureau covering politics, nuclear power and the Legislature. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy asked Jaffe to become his press secretary in 1978. He resumed reporting with States News Service, writing about Congress and the federal government for newspapers in the Bay Area in 1980. At Regardies and Washingtonian magazines.Jaffe found his niche covering the local Washington region, honing in on politics, true crime and media. As Washingtonian's National Editor from 1990 on, he won many awards for investigative feature

writing. His expose of toxic waste pits from World War I in DC's Spring Valley triggered a $300-million ongoing cleanup.

With WRC-TV reporter Tom Sherwood, Jaffe co-authored "Dream City: Race, Power and the Decline of Washington, DC," the definitive account of Washington's emergence as a world class city, with Marion Barry as the main character. The New York Times named it one of the best political books of 1994. Published as an e-book in 2014, Dream City rose to the top of Amazon's local history list. Universities across the U.S. have adopted Dream City as a text in Urban Studies courses.

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