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Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In the fall of 2011, a small protest camp in downtown Manhattan exploded into a global uprising, sparked in part by the violent overreactions of the police. An unofficial record of this movement, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and thoughtful reflections, featuring the editors ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 17th 2011 by Verso (first published January 1st 2011)
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One of the first books I read on a digital device. One of my friends showed me how to download books for free on the Google and such, and it's true that this might have hampered my ability to enjoy this book.

Admittedly, I did not finish it, nor did I read these essays in order. My problem with this book might primarily reflect my problem with the Occupy movement as a whole. If there are no demands, if we propose no clear way forward, if we render ourselves impotent for fear that we might make a
Jan 10, 2013 Malcolm rated it liked it
The arrival of a small group of people in a downtown New York City park in September 2011 didn’t really look like much more than a bunch of malcontents grizzling about the kinds of things lefties can be relied on to grizzle about. That is, things such as economic, gender and ethnic/racial inequality and the like, environmental despoliation and so forth. It turns out this Occupy Wall Street call to tent pitching (I first saw it in Adbusters – seemed to click with the zeitgeist. ...more
Heath Schultz
Dec 30, 2011 Heath Schultz rated it liked it
First things first, 'Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America' are scenes from OWS / NYC, with a few bones thrown to Oakland, Atlanta, Boston, and Philly—totaling a whopping 30 out of a total of 210 pages. The rest dedicated to more general theoretical reflections of Occupy, but more so they are dedicated exclusively to OWS. While the book doesn't exactly pretend to speak for everyone, calling itself “Scenes from Occupied America” is a little annoying, considering no one else gets any air time reall ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Robert rated it liked it
Several photographs of what the occupy movement was like at its start. As someone who has been working with Occupy since the beginning, there was definitely a nostalgic sense that welled up inside me, longing for those days where so many were awake, aware, and willing help one another. However, given the fact the book only includes stuff that happened over the first couple months, the real sense of what has happened with so many occupations, the tribulations they've had to face, and so forth, is ...more
Maria Arseniuk
Feb 13, 2017 Maria Arseniuk rated it really liked it
The essays vary in strength, but a worthwhile introduction to OWS from those who were there
Sean Carman
Jan 22, 2012 Sean Carman rated it really liked it
I had mixed feelings about this collection of essays from the Occupy Gazette, published by the editors of N + 1. It's hard not to love this book, because its publication represents such a noble endeavor. And N + 1 is such a smart magazine. Slowly, over the past year or so, I've fallen in love with it. But many of the entries, which consist of eyewitness accounts of the Zicotti Park encampment, seemed extremely well written but kind of slight. Like a witness describing events without being able t ...more
May 19, 2014 Tiredstars rated it liked it
Know what to expect, and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Scenes from Occupied America is a series of diary reports, mostly from NYC, interlaced with theoretical or historical reflections and the odd speech (Zizek & Judith Butler). It was published not too long after the start of OWS, so doesn't cover the later development of the movement at all.

Much of what's in the book could be familiar ground for people who have followed the movement closely, but I haven't.

Where the book is strongest
Nov 03, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Hardly an 18th Brumaire, but Occupy was no July Revolution, probably for the better. Valuable for the few pieces that break from the kind of stereotypical well-educated, cultural-capitaled, New-York-or-San-Franciscan, guilty-feeling n+1 perspective--Audrea Lim's piece on Chinatown and its relationship to Occupy, Angela Davis' short piece on the historical connotations of occupying, the sections on Occupy Atlanta. And for the occasional salient details that give life to what occupying in this way ...more
Oct 14, 2016 Gareth rated it it was amazing
Possibly my favourite book of the year, which is a massive compliment considering some of the books I've read this year. Crammed full of stories of those in a movement that they are not sure where it's leading or what it actually is. But this book is refreshing and inspirational because of the honest relation of ambivalence and insecurity that is at the core of the imprecision of any political process, inherent to any attempt to cooperate with others whilst trying to avoid a relation of dominati ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
OCCUPY! is such an interesting book - an on-the-ground account of Occupy Wall Street (with a few scenes from Philly and Oakland) that obviously lacks the historical perspective we'll someday have about this movement but captures the zeitgeist beautifully. I was embarrassed to realize how little I really understood about what was going on, and disappointed that the mainstream media wasn't recording these accounts too. An important book.
Dieses Buch war mir bei meiner Seminararbeit (Vergleich der 68er-Bewegung mit der Occupy-Bewegung in der Gegenwart) im letzten Jahr eine riesige Hilfe. Ich würde sogar so weit gehen, es als das beste Buch, das ich dabei benutzt habe, zu bezeichnen.
Die erste Hälfte des Buches beschreibt den Ablauf der Occupy-Bewegung, jeweils aus der Sicht verschiedener Beteiligter, während der zweite Teil aus weiterführenden Gedanken und Lösungsideen in Form von Aufsätzen besteht.
Ian Drew Forsyth
Jul 20, 2015 Ian Drew Forsyth rated it it was ok
Shelves: activism
Some good stuff, but over all pretty scattered and doesn't give you a cohesive hold of the movement as a whole, perhaps that's the point/idea, like astra taylor's and sarah resnick's commentaries the most along with Rebbeca's critque of petty violence by white kid black blockers in Oakland that was damaging to others as they all ran away and left others who couldn't or didn't participate to be attacked by police
Jan 29, 2012 gdg rated it really liked it
At times I found this book frustrating but ultimately uplifting and containing author's real frustrations. Because occupy is the best thing to happen on earth for quite some time, I think it's important to read. Also, all of the proceeds go to occupy wall street. This is the time when the people reclaim our planet. Peace, folks, check it out!
Jul 06, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
Shelves: project-2014

This book finished, I was left present to a mood that might be a piece of an actually being-at-OWS experience. That's what loosely anecdotal first-person writing is supposed to do…leave one with a slice-of-life…

Dec 13, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
Really enjoyed the oral-history-mixed-with-essays format of this book, and overall found the on-the-ground telling of the Occupy Wall Street movement rather interesting compared to even popular Leftist interpretations of the uprising.
Jennings Peeler
Nov 22, 2014 Jennings Peeler rated it really liked it
Shelves: project_2014

This book finished, I was left present to a mood that might be a piece of an actually being-at-OWS experience. That's what loosely anecdotal first-person writing is supposed to do…leave one with a slice-of-life…

Jan 07, 2017 C. rated it liked it
There are some great essays as well as just generally interesting and insightful anecdotes here. It's a good glimpse into the actual human side of Occupy. Often, we forget the people in the midst of such movements. It's good to remember and connect, even in this small way.
Mar 08, 2012 Chuck added it
Well done, n+1.
Nov 11, 2015 Jesse rated it really liked it
A well-edited set of essays on, speeches on, and first-hand memories from the Occupy movement. Pair with "On the Ground" and "Rules for Radicals".
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