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The All New Don't Think of an Elephant!

Know Your Values and Frame the Debate
Narrated by: Chris Sorenson
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Summary

Since it became an international best-seller in 2004, Don't Think of an Elephant! has been the definitive handbook for progressives who want to articulate their goals and values to voters, understand how conservatives think and why people often vote against their best interests, and frame the political debate. Completely revised and updated to tackle today’s issues, the 10th-anniversary edition not only explains what framing is and how it works but also reveals why, after a brief stint of winning the framing wars in the 2008 elections, the Democrats have gone back to losing them, and what can be done about it. In this powerful new volume, George Lakoff delves into the issues that will dominate the midterm elections in 2014, the coming presidential elections, and beyond. He examines the current progressive and conservative frames on climate change, inequality, immigration, education, abortion, marriage, healthcare, national security, energy, and more. He explores why some issues have been difficult to frame, guides listeners on how to frame complex issues without losing important context, and drives home the important differences between framing and spin. Do you think facts alone can win a debate? Do you think you know what makes a Tea Party follower tick? Do you think you understand how to communicate on key issues that can improve peoples’ lives? Whether you answer yes or no, the insights in Don’t Think of an Elephant! will not only surprise you, but also give you the tools you need to develop frames that work, and eradicate frames that backfire.

©2014 George Lakoff (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Great, but only whets appetite

The political landscape is so bad, that even people with encyclopedic knowledge of policy and civil rights rarely reason from frameworks.

Lakoff's framework feels a bit simplistic, overly biologically reductionist. But it is a framework, hence a step in the right direction.

It's also the first book to ever give me an insight into a conservative mind without just making you feel good about not being.

Strongly recommend, but want more myself.

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More political than I expected.

This is an empowering read. It contains a lot of background and analysis but also plenty of tips on how to have positive discussions and be part of frame building.

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Really enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you're looking for clarity on liberal thought and how linguistics can assist in conveying liberal ideas then this is for you.

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  • Mohammad Mneimneh
  • 22-01-17

Nice book, shitty narrator voice

The author makes sense and has put some effort into his book, all of which the narrator made it sound like shit with his voice.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 19-03-15

The book was great. The voice actor was weak.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great insight and thoughtful. Some of the points were slightly off in the "messaging" he developed in response to conservative frames. Overall, this blew my mind though.

The voice actor sounded somewhat meek and snoopy to me. I would have liked a stronger voice actor.

Overall, an amazing book. Highly recommended.

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  • Sarah Brennan
  • 12-12-16

I only wish it were longer.

Some great insights here - no matter where you stand on an issue, understanding the conceptual basis is crucial to resisting manipulation. As a linguistics student, I'll probably read Lakoff's other books too.

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  • Scott
  • 07-12-16

Brilliant, practical social political analysis.

Never more needed; should be read by all who want to move us forward. Excellent narration as well. Lakoff provides an essential understanding & toolkit for progressive change work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-15

Essential guide to progressive politics

The ideas in this book are revolutionary. The narrator was less then stimulating , but the book itself more than made up for it .

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  • Kelly
  • 27-05-18

Must read for all progressives!

This book illuminates a lot. Progressives have a lot of catching up to do. Let's get to it!

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  • Veronica Liang
  • 22-10-15

Must read!

Despite people's opinion about Lakoff, his ideas are very interesting and worth your time knowing! There was a line in a TV show, "You call the conservatives stupid, the liberals losers." It's hilarious and kind of true. This book tells you why it is true lol!

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  • Phillip
  • 25-06-18

very informative

really enjoyed this book. very informative.
definitely need to take this in before arguing politics!

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  • Miriam
  • 15-02-18

Outside My Comfort Zone

Thinking about politics is outside my comfort zone, but key words in the title, "value", "frame" and "debate", captured my attention. Additionally, the fact that a cognitive linguist wrote it also piqued my interest. I'm an educator who majored in communicative disorders and who has a passion for brain science and language, which helped me get through the book. Fortunately, Lakoff makes the topic understandable through relevant examples and explanations. However, since the info is new to me, I'm going to have to listen to the audiobook again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-12-17

On point... And sobering

I didn't care for the reader but the content was terrific. So interesting! I believe it will change my conversations and viewpoints going forward. I have already recommended this book to so many people. Democrats - we need to get our act together!

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