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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

A lively and bold blueprint for moving beyond the "era of institutional failure" by transforming our outmoded political and economic systems to be resilient to 21st-century problems, from the popular entrepreneur, best-selling author, and political truth-teller

"A vitally important book." (Mark Cuban)

Despite being written off by the media, Andrew Yang’s shoestring 2020 presidential campaign - powered by his proposal for a universal basic income of $1,000 a month for all Americans - jolted the political establishment, growing into a massive, diverse movement.

Now, in Forward, Yang reveals that UBI and the threat of job automation are only the beginning, diagnosing how a series of cascading problems within our antiquated systems keeps us stuck in the past - imperiling our democracy at every level. With America’s stagnant institutions failing to keep pace with technological change, we grow more polarized as tech platforms supplant our will while feasting on our data. Yang introduces us to the various “priests of the decline” of America, including politicians whose incentives have become divorced from the people they supposedly serve.

The machinery of American democracy is failing, Yang argues, and we need bold new ideas to rewire it for 21st-century problems. Inspired by his experience running for office and as an entrepreneur, and by ideas drawn from leading thinkers, Yang offers a series of solutions, including data rights, ranked-choice voting, and fact-based governance empowered by modern technology, writing that “there is no cavalry” - it’s up to us. This is a powerful and urgent warning that we must step back from the brink and plot a new way forward for our democracy.

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Critic Reviews

“Andrew Yang surged to popularity in 2020 because he saw - like none of the other presidential candidates - that our problems came from the complex interactions of democracy, economics, and technology. In this important book, he explains how these three domains interact and he proposes solutions that, when combined, would lead us forward to human-centered capitalism and a vibrant, just, and prosperous democracy.” (Jonathan Haidt) 

“Can there be another political party in the U.S.? Can we find a way past toxic partisanship to a fact-based government? In Forward, Yang does not just give us a laundry list of intractable problems, but shows how we can find solutions if we think in new ways and summon the courage to do so.” (Kara Swisher) 

“It's no wonder that ever since Yang burst onto the scene with a positive movement that spoke directly to the pain Americans are feeling, both parties have been taking his ideas. With Forward, Yang once again proves he is a necessary and powerful voice.” (Van Jones)  

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  • 10-05-21

MAGA reviews Yang

I decided to read Mr Yangs book because he came across as someone who cares. I see the problems he sees, I agree with most of his supporting statements and he seems like someone who could actually change the world.
I am in no way his typical audience.

Reads as a memoir of his presidential campaign and life experience which have led him to his conclusions/ platform.
Comes across as an idealistic and driven, regular smart guy/ problem solver.
( Sheds a TON of light on fundraising emails I get from the GOP.)

I have about 2.5 hours left, but towards the middle- end he decries the media's narrative, spin and outright manufacture of facts destroying the fabric of the United States. 1000% agree, will donate to your cause.
Then proceeds to use the same spun, manufactured and narrative driven stories to support some of his social programs.
He mentions the personal relationships he developed with the media, and talks about how the media producers are forcing the journalists to write in inflammatory ways. Apply it to your own side as well man!

Performance got 4 just because I have higher standards for audio books.
Overall 5 for his honesty, given his perspective.
Story got 4 because I feel like it could have flowed better. His life story/ political experience flow like a pleasant stream but his policy posits and support feel like they could be more developed.

The injection of politically charged material broke the flow in his assessment of the dynamic and entrenched issues destroying the country.
As to their substance I can only say that most not understand the motivations or personalities of their opposition nor their enemies.

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Important work

I don't agree with Andrew on everything, but I'm with him about 80% of the time. I wish him well and will continue to follow what he's doing. I hope he continues to get increasingly honest now that he's not beholden to the DNC.

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Actionable ideas to improve America

I am a fan of Yang, so I came to this book optimistic. In three parts, he walks you through his experience as a candidate, the issues he sees with our system, and ideas for how to move FORWARD. Like most books, I think a ten page summary would give you the key points, but I found his stories interesting and I finished the book in just under three days, eager to hear more and see what ideas he had to improve American government.
I'm excited to be part of the Forward party and take action to improve our government.

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A Vitally Important Read

Andrew Yang’s congenial nature may belie the gravity of his message and importance of his steps to help correct the flaws in US democracy. The fact is, some of these steps will be inevitable if we are to evolve as a nation, one where humanity is central.
The cost of inaction and delay may be too much to bear.

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Andrew has fallen into the political trap of all about me. No one loves Andrew more than Andrew.

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So bright

Very easy to listen to with a blend of deeply personal storytelling, interesting data presenting, clear and balanced argument presenting. As someone born in 1994 this book shines a bright light on the problems that have made me politically inactive for most of my life. More than that it presents an inspiring and optimistic vision for the future of American democracy and a roadmap for how to get there. I hope this is a future classic, for our countries sake.

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Where to go now

Great book when you are thinking politics is stalled. If some of the ideas expressed in this book are accomplished then we can begin moving toward progress and change.

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Yang is back!

Great analysis and narration as always from Andrew Yang. Would definitely recommend giving this one a read

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Amazing

So well written and amazing ideas. Everyone should read this awesome book. Let’s move forward!

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Boring but right

He has a lot of good solutions to problems in the US, but this book seems unnecessary. He’s pretty monotone throughout and doesn’t really seem like he means what he’s saying, or believes in it as much.
You can skip the first 3/4ths of the book, then listen to a little bit, and then skip more.
Hard to start a new third party when you aren’t even motivated yourself. Hope he does shake things up, but doesn’t seem like it will.
Maybe it reads better in written form?