Book & Reviews

Jeanne Bonds

“Harry Tay­lor speaks a truth to power in his book of moti­va­tion about ger­ry­man­der­ing, voter-owned elec­tions and term lim­its. He is direct and hon­est and offers a unique insight that those who aspire to run for office should read.”  

Jeanne Mil­liken Bonds, Plain Talk Politics

Parks Helms - one of the most prominent leaders of the Democratic Party in Mecklenburg County.

 “As the nation strug­gles with the con­se­quences of a con­gress that is par­a­lyzed and dys­func­tional, You Can’t Get There From Here is a com­pelling story of Harry Taylor’s con­gres­sional cam­paign in a dis­trict designed to keep the incum­bent in office. Gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple by the peo­ple and for the peo­ple is sub­or­di­nated to a can­di­date who rep­re­sents the spe­cial inter­ests which cre­ated the dis­trict. Harry’s thought­ful and can­did book should be required read­ing for any­one who cares about the future of this country.”  

The Hon­or­able Parks Helms, Char­lotte NC

si-kahns-new-musical-precious-memories-from-e-L-PQWFJBHarry Taylor’s polit­i­cal odyssey, from con­cerned bystander to Con­gres­sional can­di­date, has much to teach every­day peo­ple about the chal­lenges, risks and rewards of actively work­ing to shape our country’s future.  May it inspire many oth­ers to stand up, speak out and take action.

Si Kahn, Author, Cre­ative Com­mu­nity Orga­niz­ing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists and Quiet Lovers of Justice.

MItch Kokai“One need not agree with Harry Taylor’s polit­i­cal views to find the story of his elec­toral edu­ca­tion fas­ci­nat­ing. Inspired to run for Con­gress in 2008 after a nation­ally pub­li­cized encounter with the pres­i­dent of the United States, Tay­lor learned quickly that a Demo­c­rat livng in his par­tic­u­lar con­gres­sional dis­trict had vir­tu­ally no chance of unseat­ing a Repub­li­can incum­bent. Why? Ger­ry­man­der­ing. Democ­rats who ran the N.C. Gen­eral Assem­bly a decade ago cre­ated the dis­trict that lim­ited Taylor’s elec­toral prospects while pro­tect­ing Demo­c­ra­tic power in other dis­tricts. Now that Repub­li­cans have taken over the Gen­eral Assem­bly, they have employed the same tac­tics to pre­serve their own elec­toral advan­tages. A con­ser­v­a­tive can­di­date liv­ing today in one of North Carolina’s three heav­ily Demo­c­ra­tic con­gres­sional dis­tricts is likely to rec­og­nize Taylor’s story and to share his frus­tra­tion. Par­ti­sans of all stripes who believe in good gov­ern­ment should heed Taylor’s call to reform the elec­tion map-drawing, or redis­trict­ing, process.”

Mitch Kokai - John Locke Foun­da­tion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Director

jude camwell

Harry Tay­lor - You’re a won­der­ful writer. This book of yours is like a modern-day pam­phlet in the spirit reviv­ing our “great exper­i­ment” — and I hope many, many peo­ple will read it and take your advice to heart!

Jude  Nagur­ney Camwell — Author, Iddy­bud Journal

 

David Beckwith

“I think that your book will wind up being one of those books that wind up being essen­tial read­ing for under­stand­ing Amer­ica under George W. Bush, and his enabling noddingheads…much like Thomas Payne’s “Com­mon Sense”, but might be reti­tled “Uncom­mon Non­sense”, when you con­sider just how much existed, and still exists, within the halls of power. We need your voice and con­science, whether it be as a pol, as a com­men­ta­tor, a speech­writer, or heroic David who hurled the rock that cracked the nut, which was the sadly unready leader of the cheap world. Every­one should, and even­tu­ally will, read this.”

David Beck­with