21st Century Revolution

Non-Fiction - Gov/Politics
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Reviewed on 06/01/2012
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Author Biography

Dr Bramhall is a 64 year old retired psychiatrist and activist who closed her 25-year Seattle practice to emigrate to New Zealand in 2002. Her decision to start a new life at the bottom of the Pacific followed fifteen years of government harassment for her political views. She is active in the New Zealand Green Party and the sustainability movement and writes a blog called "The Most Revolutionary Act" about issues the corporate media refuses to cover.

She has published a critically acclaimed memoir with the same title about the circumstances that led her to leave the US and an award-winning young adult novel entitled "The Battle for Tomorrow." Her novel, which foreshadows the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement, concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who is arrested for participating in the blockade and occupation of the US capital.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhal offers readers a collection of her essays concerning the political climate. I should first state that while I disagree with the author on some points, there are many where we agree. I admire her for taking a stand. This book is well-organized into six sections, Occupy Wall Street and the New Economics, My New Life in New Zealand, Capitalism’s Last Gasp, Psychological Oppression, Change Making and The Endgame. The essays in this book were first posted on Bramhal’s blog. To say that Dr. Bramhal is not fond of capitalism would be an understatement. She desires change and has obviously spent much time researching and pondering the topics she addresses. In the first part of her book she addresses the Occupy Movement and what prompted such action. In this section she also addresses capitalism and how it is failing. I agree with Dr. Bramhal that there are major problems in capitalism but I disagree with what the problems are. Bramhal utilizes other authors to strengthen her stance. My stance is that we have become too much of a welfare state. I very much enjoyed the author’s second section where she discusses her reasons for migrating from the USA to New Zealand. For many years she had considered and even attempted to immigrate but with little success and eventually she gave up the idea temporarily. Her desire was renewed when he was murdered. One of the points where we agree concerns the Patriot Act. In many ways it is stealing our rights as citizens as listed in The Bill of Rights. Yes, we are giving them up. This section continues by discussing why New Zealand.

I won’t break down the rest of the chapters. I’ll let readers do that for themselves. This book will open the eyes of readers. This is a must read book for all citizens. I would also suggest this book should be made required reading in Economics and Sociology classes. A reader does not have to totally agree with Bramhal to take away knowledge. This book will leave you pondering the future and what actions you should take now.

Robert Kirkconnell

Dr. Bramhall has done an excellent job on this book. The fact that she endured 15 years of harassment for her political views validates what she has points as what is wrong with America. Why should anyone be harassed in "the land of the free" for their political views? The reviewer stated that she differs with the writer in what is wrong with America, asserting that she (the reviewer) believes that it has become a "welfare state." I assume that she is talking about the American people receiving welfare. The facts are that big American corporations, by far, are the recipients of the lion's share of "corporate welfare" in the form of government subsities. Although their outlooks are not the same, I am pleased that the review was objective. The five stars were well deserved.