Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nonfiction Tuesday- Winning Marriage



“Winning Marriage is a deeply reported and deeply felt insider’s account of the marriage equality movement. Astute, committed, and fair-minded, Solomon’s story chronicles the political sea change on marriage equality. Solomon is an authoritative voice, observer, and participant. This is an important history about how America is changing.”—Bob Woodward

“Winning Marriage may well stand as the definitive political history of marriage equality. It’s certainly the book that leaders of the movement deserve, and that latecomers to the movement need to read. After each new pro-equality court ruling, Americans seem to look around in wonder and ask, How did we get here? With this riveting, passionate book, Solomon has provided the answer.” —Slate

“Solomon’s narrative serves as a tribute to those who made gay marriage happen and as a manual for how to craft a successful political movement in the future.”—Publishers Weekly

“The book is more of a political science text than a history, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how influence, money, and connections drive the political system at the state level. The author offers the blow-by-blow story of Senate arguments and backroom negotiations. As one might expect from a work on such a controversial subject, the narrative covers not only the intellectual aspects of the political struggle but also offers emotional stories of the acceptance and rejection that led politicians to vote the way they did. The prose style is lean, fast, and to the point, interspersed with engaging psychological analysis.”—Library Journal 
Its an important book to read of how hopefully many states will value our human rights. However, some processes are slower than others and a few surprises along the way. Its a continuing history. You might find yourself actually reading it instead of thumbing through it at the book store.

When it comes to civil-rights battles, there’s a reason it’s tempting to think the outcome is inevitable, and it’s not entirely about being trigger-happy in declaring victory, or lack of appreciation for the efforts of organizers and advocates. It stems from the belief in a just world; if the world is a good place, it follows that what we think is moral will be the end result, however long it may take.
 
Of course, that’s not how things really work. As Solomon shows, social change is the process of transforming the moral universe itself, one person at a time.
”-Gabe

2 comments:

cat eyes & skinny jeans said...

Definitely sounds like a great read - especially if you're interested in politics.

xx

Sara Gerard said...

I would like to check this out!