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Thomas B. Reston -- The Soul of a Democrat

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Thomas B. Reston will be at the store to chat about and sign his book The Soul of a Democrat: The Seven Core Ideals That Made Our Party - And Our Country - Great.

Reston’s history of the Democratic Party argues that the Democrats lost control of every branch of government in 2016 because it had already lost its soul. By “soul” Reston means the unifying ideological message that had once tied the Party to its working-class base. Drawing on his long experience in politics, Reston, who has worked on many state and local campaigns and was twice elected Secretary of the State Democratic Party of Virginia, shows that Democrats have sacrificed a coherent set of values for short-term-policy goals, changing the message to target blocks of voters rather than building strong, consistent platforms that foster solidarity. Looking back to leaders including Jefferson and Truman, Reston cites models that today’s Democrats can follow to re-establish themselves as the party of the people.

Thomas B. Reston has spent a lifetime in politics, working in eight presidential campaigns at the national level, and countless local and statewide efforts. He was twice elected Secretary of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Reston was a political appointee in the Foreign Service under President Jimmy Carter, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. A civil rights advocate, he was twice Board Chair of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

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