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VAN JONES - Beyond the Messy Truth

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 4:00pm
Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399180026
Availability: Unavailable. Orders will be auto-cancelled.
Published: Ballantine Books - October 10th, 2017

Sunday, October 29 at 4PM

speaking & signing
Beyond the Messy Truth


First United Methodist Church

In Conversation with Forrest Wilder, The Texas Observer

                                                                      Presented withThe Texas Observer






Online sales will end on Sunday morning, October 29th. Tickets will be available for purchase at the doors to the event beginning at 3pm on 10/29.


  • Tickets will be available on September 13, 2017.
  • Tickets are only available via Brown Paper Tickets. They are not available in-store. 
  • One ticket is $27 (plus service fee) and includes one pre-signed copy of Beyond the Messy Truth.
  • Two tickets with one book is $40 and includes one pre-signed copy of Beyond the Messy Truth.
  • Each ticket admits ONE person to the First United Methodist Church for this event.
  • Seating is general admission; first come, first served. 


Please note: Tickets will be processed by Brown Paper Tickets, not BookPeople. If you purchase a ticket and cannot attend the event,  we will hold a copy of Beyond the Messy Truth  for you at BookPeople for 30 days after the date of the event. You may not pick up the book in advance of the event. 


  • This event is being held at the First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca St), NOT at BookPeople
  • Doors open at 3:00PM. Event begins at 4:00PM
  • Books and Tickets will be available at will call at First United Methodist Church at 3pm on October 29, 2017. Books will not be available beforehand. 
  • There will be no signing after the event. The books will be pre-signed.


  • Give us a call (512) 472-5050
  • Or shoot us an email: online (at)


A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart--by the CNN political contributor and host hailed as "a star of the 2016 campaign" (The New York Times) who coined the term "whitelash"

Van Jones burst into the American consciousness during the 2016 presidential campaign with an unscripted, truth-telling style and an already established history of bridge-building across party lines. His election night commentary became a viral sensation. A longtime progressive activist with deep roots in the conservative South, Jones has made it his mission to challenge voters and viewers to stand in one another's shoes and disagree constructively.

Now, in Beyond the Messy Truth, Jones offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Tough on Donald Trump but showing respect and empathy for his supporters, Jones takes aim at the failures of both parties before and after Trump's victory. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. Calling us to a deeper patriotism, he shows us how to get down to the vital business of solving, together, some of our toughest problems.

"The entire national conversation today can be reduced to a simple statement--'I'm right, and you're wrong, '" Jones has said. But the truth is messier; both sides have flaws. Both parties have strayed from their highest principles and let down their core constituencies. Rejecting today's political tribalism, Jones issues a stirring call for a new "bipartisanship from below." Recognizing that tough challenges require the best wisdom from both liberals and conservatives, he points us toward practical answers to problems that affect us all regardless of region or ideology: rural and inner-city poverty, unemployment, addiction, unfair incarceration, and the devastating effects of the pollution-based economy on both coal country and our urban centers.

In explaining how he arrived at his views, Jones shares behind-the-scenes memories from his decades spent marching and protesting on behalf of working people, inspiring stories of ordinary citizens who became champions of their communities, and little-known examples of cooperation that have risen from the fog of partisan conflict. In his quest for positive solutions, Van Jones encourages us to set fire to our old ways of thinking about politics and come together where the pain is greatest.

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor as well as the host of the CNN primetime special The Messy Truth, with Van Jones. A special advisor to the Obama White House and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Jones founded the social justice accelerator, The Dream Corps and has led numerous social and environmental justice enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. He has earned many honors, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation and a Webby Special Achievement Award. He has also been named one of Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, Fast Company’s 12 Most Creative Minds on Earth, and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He lives with his wife and two children in the Los Angeles area.


Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is the editor of the Observer. Forrest has appeared on Democracy Now!The Rachel Maddow Show and numerous NPR stations. His work has been mentioned by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time magazine and many other state and national publications. Other than filing voluminous open records requests, Forrest enjoys fishing, kayaking, gardening and beer-league softball. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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