Bright, Infinite Future: A Generational Memoir on the Progressive Rise

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Blending the historical, biographical and political, the wide-ranging Bright, Infinite Future describes how the values of the '60s are creating a new progressive majority in '16. 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 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" built on four cornerstones: an Economy-for-All, Democracy-for-All, Compact on Race & Justice, and Sustainable Climate.

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.

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Mark Green is "next to Nader, the leading public interest lawyer of his generation," according to The Nation. He was on PBS's Firing Line and CNN's Crossfire debating Buckley and Buchanan in the 90s, was a regular on NY1's "Wiseguys" for the past decade, and is the founder of the nationwide radio show, Both Sides Now, currently on 200 stations. He has taught at NYU Law School and NYU College of Arts & Sciences, and has written many books, including New York Times bestsellers Who Runs Congress? and The Book on Bush.

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"Reflective, frank...Mr. Green remains worth a hearing. After all, he played an outsize role nationally―as an original member of Nader’s Raiders, as an operative and advocate for a liberal agenda and, in appointed and elected positions, as an innovative public servant."
The New York Times

"It's a terrific book by a very good writer. Conservatives should be troubled by his very strong arguments."
Fred Dicker, The New York Post

"His account of his [2001 mayoral race] is particularly tough and poignant"
Bob Hardt, political director, NY1

“In a political world of back-scratchers and back-slappers, Mark Green has not mellowed. From the antiwar movement to his battles in New York, he has fought hard for his beliefs - and opponents still feel the cuts and bruises. A book liberals will love and conservatives should learn from."
David Frum, The Atlantic

"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, author of The Invisible Bridge

"Mark Green has survived a lifetime in politics―and plenty of bruising defeats―by holding on to his wit, grit, heart and values. His beautifully written memoir is for anyone who wants to know what it feels like to battle for your beliefs―and learn from someone who's done it."
George Stephanopoulos

"Mark Green's account of how American politics got to where it is today is brilliant, powerful, and riveting. It's history through the eyes of one of the men who made it, told with great insight and boundless optimism. Read it and laugh, and weep."
Robert Reich, author of Saving Capitalism

"In one rousing, candid book, Bright, Infinite Future combines a progressive tour de force to inspire liberals in 2016 ― and for generations to come with a personal story how to make democracy and government work for ALL Americans.
Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor, Nation magazine

"How do the values of the 1960s inform our politics today? In this mix of memoir and manifesto, Mark Green argues for a 'Progressive Patriotism' based on the ideals of his youth."
―Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein and Franklin

"[Green] offers colorful anecdotes, gossip, and savvy critiques to support his contention that liberalism is on the rise. "In my view,' he writes, 'if liberal values were a stock, now is the time to buy.'"
Kirkus Reviews

"Fascinating...Green provides wonderful and often surprising portraits of familiar political characters, including Al Sharpton, Bill de Blasio, and current New York governor Andrew Cuomo. An often provocative account of a long political journey."
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