Books by Members of the Democracy Partners Team:

The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be, Mike Lux

  • Arianna Huffington: Using history as his canvas, Mike Lux illustrates how the progressive movement has made America a far better place, and how the conservatives that have opposed progressive change every step of the way have set our country back time and time again.  Passionate and personal, The Progressive Revolution is as inspiring as it is informative.
  • Tom Daschle: I think the world of Mike Lux, and think he may be one of the best organizers and thinkers we've ever seen in progressive politics and the progressive movement.
  • Paul Begala: If you’re a progressive like me, you’ll love Mike Lux’s book.  He combines a historian’s sweep with a blogger’s punch.  His book is essential reading for all of us who who believe in progressive change.
  • Donna Brazile: A history of the on-going battle between those who have fought for equal rights and the common good vs. those who have defended slavery, Jim Crow, and all manner of bad things in the name of preserving tradition is crucial for people to understand. Mike Lux has been a leader in the fight for progressive causes for a long time now, and he tells an important story about the nature of politics in America.


How to Democrat in the Age of Trump, Mike Lux

  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky: Mike Lux has given us a thought-provoking and practical guide with an important message promoting a bold progressive vision to expand economic opportunity that will resonate with every American.
  • Congressman Jamie Raskin: To go from Resistance to resurgence and resurgence to renewal, we don’t neecx pundits and pollsters to show the way. We need progressive populists organizers like Mike Lux, a uy who not only knows what it means to be a Democrat but how to win tough elections across the America. The book ignites the conversation we need to have in the Democratic Party.


Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight – How Progressives Can Win, Robert Creamer

  • Senator Richard Durbin (D-Illinois), Senate Democratic Whip:  If every activist in America read  Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight, we could change our country. This book will help bring on the New Progressive Era.  It's that good.
  • Ariana Huffington, The Huffington Post Stand up Straight is a one-stop, nuts-and-bolts manual on how to run a winning campaign – and, in the process, return America to its progressive roots.  Filled with learned-in-the-trenches lessons, Creamer’s book is a master’s class in electoral politics.
  • John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress and former Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton Stand Up Straight is a straight up shot in the arm for progressives. Robert Creamer has successfully turned decades of campaign and organizing skills into an essential handbook for understanding political power, activism, and progressive values.  Creamer rightly argues that progressives should embrace their core principles and fight for the real political center in American politics today -- issues like universal health care and pre-k, energy independence, redeployment from Iraq, and a return to sane and sensible national security policies..
  • Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “Creamer’s book is a one-stop shop for political junkies, from a novice to a know-it-all…While Creamer writes from the progressive Democratic perspective, his chapters on organizing, messaging, demographics and constituency groups comprise a how-to political manual.”


Citizen Action and the New American Populism, Harry Boyte and Heather Booth

  • Studs Terkel: "Citizen Action and the New American Populism offers insights seldom if ever covered on the 6 o'clock news. Somtething really important may be happening down below and this book tells us all about it"

  • Congressman Lane Evans:"Harry Boyte, Heather Booth and Steve Max have documented the resurrection of an old idea that is given new life to progressive politics.  They have written the seminal account of the most important electoral force since the creation of the corporate PAC."

Organizing for Social Change, Kim Bobo, Jackie Kendall, and Steve Max


Art Works: How Organizers and Artists are Creating a Better World Together, Ken Grossinger

  • Harry Belafonte, singer, activist, and actor: "My life as an activist and my life as an artist are inseparable. Ken Grossinger reveals the power generated when these two strands intertwine. The stories and strategies he illuminates cast light on a path to social justice."
  • Jane Fonda, Academy Award–winning actress, activist, and bestselling author: "Throughout history, art has played a key role in social movements. Art Works is the first book that gives us an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at the tactics and strategies that have allowed this marriage of art and organizing to turn fledgling movements into forces of lasting social change."
  • Annie Leonard, co-executive director, Greenpeace USA:  “We all know that driving change requires touching people’s minds and hearts, changing both policy and culture—and now, finally, we have a guidebook on how to do just that. Art Works is my new required reading for everyone working for a better world.”
  • Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers: “Ken Grossinger’s new book offers proof of what teachers instinctively know—ideas and information gain power when they tap into culture to touch hearts as well as minds. This book is essential reading for organizers and activists who work every day to create a better world.”


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