Taken for Granted: How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed (Hardcover)
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A Fox News political analyst tackles some of our communities’ toughest challenges with timely insight from his own life: the story of how conservative values helped a kid from the South Side of Chicago find a life of opportunity.
“A must-read.”—Brian Kilmeade, bestselling author of Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers
Born to a mother consumed by drugs and raised by his grandmother in poverty on the South Side of Chicago, Gianno Caldwell saw firsthand how lawmakers from both parties have failed African American voters on issues like poverty, welfare, and education. But as someone who beat the odds growing up under a fear-based mentality that limits what people can achieve, Caldwell believes there’s another way.
In this groundbreaking book, the Fox News analyst describes his personal journey while detailing a hopeful vision for a nation no longer beholden to identity politics and self-limitations. Trapped within the expectations and traditions of our communities, families, political parties, faith, race, and gender, we fail to challenge our politicians and ourselves to create real change. Now more than ever, we need to confront preconceived notions about the Democrats and Republicans, public policy, and American history.
Looking at the obstacles facing urban communities, such as crime, education, and social mobility, Caldwell digs beneath the statistics. By spotlighting the moments that enabled his rise to success, he proffers steps that can help more people overcome the odds—whether through policy reform or the heroic efforts of men and women who are already working to make a difference in their own communities.
About the Author
Gianno Caldwell is a Fox News political analyst and the founder of a bipartisan consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., that provides strategic advice in the areas of public affairs and government relations. For seventeen years, Caldwell has held roles at the federal, state, and local levels of government.
“Caldwell’s remarkably inspiring story not only provides a pathway to success for anyone forced to overcome the odds in life, it also lays out a road map for any Republican who aspires to win back the trust and loyalty of the African American community. A must-read.”—Brian Kilmeade, bestselling author of Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers
“Caldwell speaks for so many still struggling in America. His fresh look deserves attention. Those who want to turn our country around and bring vital conservative values back into our communities should read this book.”—Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation
“Caldwell has written a gripping page-turner that reads more like a script for a movie than a political treatise, but that’s what it is. If you think you’ve read this book before—you haven’t. It’s important, new, fascinating, and fun. We’d live in a better world if there were more books like this.”—Ann Coulter, bestselling author of Resistance Is Futile!
“Caldwell’s story is a must-read for all Americans seeking to better their lives. He’s an inspirational figure.”—Ben Shapiro, bestselling author of The Right Side of History
“Caldwell is a fresh, thought-provoking voice that is important and inspirational. His take on the obstacles facing urban communities and how he beat the odds is a must-read.”—Newt Gingrich, bestselling author and former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
“This book shows how self-determination and other ‘good old-fashioned’ values can change your outcome. Caldwell didn’t sit back and wait for a break, but went out and created his own. In this book, he now reaches back, showing others the way.”—Clarence Cox III, former president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives