Blending the historical, biographical and political, the wide-ranging Bright, Infinite Future describes how the values of the '60s are leading to a progressive majority in 2016. The multi-faceted Mark Green—bestselling author, public interest lawyer and elected official—is our guide through contemporary American politics as Nader launches the modern consumer movement; Clinton wins the 1992 New York primary and therefore the nomination; and Green loses the closest NYC mayoral election in a century to Bloomberg after 9/11 in a perfect storm of money, terrorism, and race.
As Public Advocate, Green is Mayor Giuliani's bête noir, exposing NYPD's racial profiling, killing off Joe Camel, and then running against a "Murderer's Row" of Cuomo, de Blasio, Schumer, and Bloomberg.
Starting with the consequential movements of the '60s, Green's memoir-manifesto shows how a rising tide of minority and millennial voters, GOP's lurch from mainstream to extreme, and the contrast between the presidencies of Bush and Clinton Obama are leading to a new era of "Progressive Patriotism."
Full of behind-the-scenes stories about bold-faced names, this will be the 2016 book for liberals looking to a "bright, infinite future" (Leonard Bernstein), conservatives wanting to know what they're up against, and readers who want to know "what-it-takes" in the arena.
"Brilliant, powerful, and riveting history through the eyes of one of the men who made it." -- Robert Reich
"His beautifully written memoir lets us know what it feels like to battle for your beliefs." -- George Stephanopoulos
"A progressive tour de force for 2016 and generations to come."
-- Katrina vanden Heuvel
“A book liberals will love and conservatives should learn from." -- David Frum
"In this mix of memoir and manifesto, Mark Green argues for a 'Progressive Patriotism' based on the ideals of his youth." -- Walter Isaacson
"A veritable smorgasbord of political lore, campaign wisdom, and policy insight--and the account of the too-soon-forgotten accomplishments of the 1970s consumer movement is worth the price admission alone!" -- Rick Perlstein
"Offers colorful anecdotes and savvy critiques to support his contention that...'if liberal values were a stock, now is the time to buy.'" -- Kirkus Review
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Mark Green grew up on Long Island and graduated from Cornell University and Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He was a public interest lawyer, working with Ralph Nader from 1970 to 1980, ultimately as director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch. He founded and ran The Democracy Project in NYC from 1981 to 2014.
Green served for 11 years in citywide offices, first as the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs under Mayor David Dinkins (1990 to 1993); then as the twice-elected Public Advocate (1993 and 1997), the #2 citywide official, before narrowly losing the mayorality to Michael Bloomberg in 2001.
He was a regular panelist on Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. and on CNN's Crossfire and also taught at the NYU School of Law and College of Arts & Sciences (2002-2007).
He was the last president of Air America Radio and currently hosts the nationally syndicated weekend radio program, Both Sides Now (BothSidesRadio.com) and writes a weekly column for the Huffington Post.
His #1 best-selling Who Runs Congress? is the largest-selling book ever on the U.S. Congress. Bright, Infinite Future is his 23d book.
His 2001 mayoral race was also the subject of the documentary, 'Off the Record: The 9/11 Election.'
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Nation Magazine: "Next to Nader himself, Mark is one of the leading public interest lawyers of his generation."
Bill Moyers: "I've long said that if we could clone Mark, democracy would be in good hands."
President Bill Clinton: "Change for America presciently offers specific ideas for what our next president can do to revitalize our nation..."
John Kenneth Galbraith: "The Other Government: The Unseen Power of Washington Lawyers is altogether persuasive...An excellent book." (NYTimes book review)
William F. Buckley, Jr: "I use him so much on Firing Line because he writes a book every six months or so and is wittily and informatively engaged in furthering the cause of the Devil."
Larry King: "Mark is one the best liberal debaters on televison today."
Rep. Henry Waxman: "Selling Out is the best book written on the political influence of big money because Mark Green knows the subject literally inside out, as both an author and a candidate."
WATCH THE FULL DOCUMENTARY
Watch C-Span founder Brian Lamb interview Mark in two one-hour shows: