SOURCE: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

June 10, 2014 08:30 ET

"How the Poor Can Save Capitalism" Hits Amazon's Top 10, Aims to Create Capitalism That Works "for the 100%"

Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant's Latest Book Ranked in the Top 10 Books on Amazon, #1 in Poverty and Social Policy Its First Week on Sale

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - June 10, 2014) -

"When John Hope Bryant talks about how to expand the middle class, I listen. I urge everyone to read How the Poor Can Save Capitalism and discover for themselves John's great ideas for creating an America with more shared opportunity and shared responsibility."

-Former US President Bill Clinton

Just three days after its release in hardcover June 1, 2014, John Hope Bryant's latest book How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class reached #9 on Amazon's Bestsellers list. It ranked #1 in both Social Policy and Poverty, and #2 in Development & Growth on the site. The publisher is already rushing a reprint of the book. 

Watch the inspiring How the Poor Can Save Capitalism book trailer.

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism reveals Operation HOPE founder and President Obama's Advisory Council member John Hope Bryant's strategy for restoring the American middle class and eradicating poverty. "For capitalism to thrive, the poor and middle class must thrive," Bryant writes. "We must make financial literacy -- teaching each and every one of our children the language of money -- the new civil rights issue for the twenty-first century America."

In short, this book offers a free enterprise approach to solving the problem of poverty.

In the book, Bryant exposes the historical roots of poverty, explains why the solutions tried so far have proved insufficient, and offers a way forward (it's not just a question of finances; it's values, too). He lays out what he calls a Marshall Plan for our times, the "HOPE Plan" -- a series of straightforward, actionable steps to build financial literacy and expand opportunity so that the poor can join the middle class.

Praised by Dr. Bernice A. King of the King Center as "a practical idealist who dreams big and then moves with precision to action," John Hope Bryant aspires to create a thriving economy that works not just for the 1% or even the 99%, but for the 100%.

Hear Bryant's interview on the Steve Harvey Show 

Read his latest article in American Banker: "How to Thwart Another Predatory Housing Crisis

Upcoming Events:

June 10: The Clinton Foundation hosts John Hope Bryant at the Time Life Building in New York, NY - 2 to 3:30 pm

June 17: Join Bryant for an interactive webinar presentation on How the Poor Can Save Capitalism, 2 pm EST/11 am PST, hosted by Berrett-Koehler Publishers

For the full schedule of Bryant's national book tour, please visit his website.

About the Author: John Hope Bryant is an American financial literacy and poverty-eradication activist and entrepreneur. He has a diverse background in business. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of nonprofit Operation HOPE, member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and co-founder of Global Dignity. Since its inception in 1992, HOPE has served more than 2 million individuals, directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities, maintains a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers. He is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders for the World Economic Forum, and sits on the Forum's Global Agenda Council. He served as the vice chair on the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as the chairman of the Committee on the Underserved. Bryant is the author of the 2009 bestseller Love Leadership. Bryant lives in Atlanta, but grew up in Compton and South Central Los Angeles. Operation HOPE is a global nonprofit, based in Los Angeles. Read his blog at

About Operation HOPE: Operation HOPE is a global nonprofit, based in Los Angeles. Through Operation HOPE Bryant is responsible for more than $1.5 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship and community development investments through Operation HOPE in under-served communities across the U.S., as well as investments in financial literacy programs and financial dignity education from South Africa to Morocco, to Saudi Arabia.

For press inquiries related to the book, please contact Kat Engh of Berrett-Koehler Publishers at or (415) 743-6469. 

Berrett-Koehler Publishers is an independent publisher dedicated to an ambitious mission: Creating a World That Works for All. Through its work in publishing, BK hopes to advance social and economic justice, sustainable development, and positive change at national and global levels. It promotes helping people create positive individual change and align their lives with their aspirations for a better world. BK believes in pioneering socially responsible, effective approaches to leading and managing organizations. It is a Certified B Corporation in the United States and meets the rigorous standards of social and environmental performance.

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