Heads up to interested readers: Ari Berman will be featured in a Crooks and Liars book chat on Tuesday, 1 p.m. EST. He'll be talking about his new book, "Herding Donkeys."
He's a political correspondent for The Nation and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at the Nation Institute. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Editor & Publisher, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span, and NPR. Herding Donkeys is his first book.
“Ari Berman has written a political narrative so revelatory and exhilarating it kept me up nights reading. Herding Donkeys is some of the freshest and most incisive political reporting out there, and Berman, who has the keen eye of a novelist, is one heck of a storyteller.” —Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here
“[Herding Donkeys] provides a telling look at the grassroots organizing base of the Democratic Party . . . While a scoop-rich tome like John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s Game Change can tell us a lot about how campaigns are won and lost from the top down, Berman’s more thoughtful book is equally good fun in telling the story of the election from the bottom up.” —Dana Goldstein, The American Prospect
“Herding Donkeys is essential to understanding how the Democratic Party came back from the dead in 2006 and 2008. But it’s especially good at explaining what happened to all of Barack Obama’s grassroots energy. This is a hopeful but also sobering tale, told with strong inside reporting.” —Jonathan Alter, author of The Promise
“Berman gives the reader an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at how the Obama campaign built on the grassroots movement that had catapulted Dean to prominence . . . Engaging and balanced—a stand-out book.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)