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Zerlina Maxwell’s frustration with progressive politics is rooted in first-hand experience—first as a field organizer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and then as a staffer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run—but also as a Black woman in the United States. Witty and piercing as she addresses everything from “Bernie Bros” to the enormous influence of billionaires, Maxwell maintains throughout her book that Democrats’ failures are rooted in their unending focus on whiteness, despite America’s growing diversity. She insists that the future of the party must not be in trying to persuade the tens of thousands of white voters who swung the Electoral College to Donald Trump, but in trying to regain the millions of voters—a third of whom were Black—who voted for Obama in 2012 but didn’t vote at all in 2016.

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