Synopsis of A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump (Viking, 2020): This book is a playbook for voters on making a difference in the 2020 election and beyond from the most recognized and most successful political strategist in the U.S. If you've asked yourself the question, what more can I do to make sure Donald Trump does not continue to occupy the Oval Office on January 20, 2021?--then this book is for you. A playbook for the common citizen, A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump addresses the many things individuals can do in 2020 every day, without having to leave their jobs, move to Iowa, or spend every waking moment on the election. In A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump, Plouffe's message is simple: the only way change happens, especially on scale, is one human being talking to another. It won't happen magically, it won't happen because of debates and conventions, it won't happen because of ads. It will happen because citizens take action. And Plouffe is here to help, with specific strategies and tailored talking points to make sure your time and energy aren't wasted. He lays out why different activities the average citizen can take can make a difference to getting to 270 electoral votes, how people can go about doing them and examples of where it's worked in the past. There are at least 65 million Americans who are likely committed to voting against Trump. It is entirely in our control to grow that number and make sure the support materializes in actual votes. Plouffe arms us with advice on how to defend against misinformation online, how to create and spread content, how to register and get out the vote early, how to make a difference in the battlegrounds and how to stay involved after the big election. Filled with stories from the last sixteen years, both successes and failures, as well as political strategies that have evolved in the wake of the breakthrough campaign that Plouffe masterminded, A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump is a pragmatic, specific, and very motivational guide for the path forward.
Synopsis of Ripples of Hope: Your Guide to Electing a New President (Henry, Holt and Co., 2020): This book is a middle-grade nonfiction project about the United States' election process. You may not have a vote yet, but you do have a voice! In November 2020, one of the most pivotal elections in United States history will take place. The American people will choose our next president - and you have the power to play a major role in that choice. Now more than ever, young people around the world are standing up and speaking out. As President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe saw firsthand that nothing is more powerful than young people believing deeply in something. With an expert’s overview of the presidential election process and concrete ways to get involved, Ripples of Hope is a book for this generation - impassioned, creative, and ready to make a difference.
About Our Speaker: David Plouffe served as the Campaign Manager for Barack Obama's primary and general election victories in 2008 and later joined the White House as a Senior Advisor, with responsibility for his re-election victory in 2012. He was previously a senior executive at Uber and currently leads policy and advocacy efforts at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He lives in San Francisco, CA. He’s the author of these 3 books: A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump (Viking, 2020); Ripples of Hope: Your Guide to Electing a New President (Henry, Holt and Co., 2020) and The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory” (Viking, 2009).
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