Starting with the premise that the important relationship Americans have is with their nation, Joel Berg’s second book, America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation, makes a case for how we must both stop blaming the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system” and take personal responsibility to solve them. The book has already received acclaim from high-profile Americans such as Tom Colicchio and Toni Morrison, who called the book “important and entertaining.”
Written as both a hilarious parody of relationship and self-help books and a deadly serious analysis of the nation's political and economic dysfunction, the book utilizes both snappy text and eye-catching infographics to dissect how Donald Trump and other Republicans won over white, working-class voters, and includes a concrete plan to win them back, as well as a broader roadmap for reducing poverty, bolstering the middle class, and powering an overall progressive resurgence.
As an acclaimed author, a frequent voice in the national media, and the outspoken CEO of the nonprofit group Hunger Free America, Joel Berg is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on hunger, US politics, poverty, community development, and food. Berg calls his book the world’s first “public policy self-help book.” It combines a biting critique of today’s America with clear-headed prescriptions that show how average Joes and Janes can channel their anger at our hobbled government into concrete actions that will fix our democracy, make our economy work for everyone, and restore our stature in the world as a beacon of freedom, diversity, and hope. It includes an innovative plan to build a “Responsibility for All America,” including specific ideas for radically overhauling anti-poverty programs with modern technology and helping Americans pay for college by performing national service.