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Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky: His Life and Legacy

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In the course of his flamboyant career as an all-purpose activist, Saul Alinsky went from organizing working-class ethnics in one of Chicago's most blighted neighborhoods to mapping out strategies for the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s. He enlisted allies-from Catholic clergymen to labor unionists and black activists-in battles waged against opponents from ...more
Paperback, 618 pages
Published March 31st 1992 by Vintage (first published 1989)
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Jul 29, 2014 Betsy rated it really liked it
Finally finished all 500+ pages of this wonderful book after many interruptions, which included travel and reading other books at the same time. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this biography not only of the man, but of his history of organizing. As a VISTA Volunteer in 1971, we were trained in Alinsky organizing techniques. Although I read Reveille for Radicals years ago, I never knew much about the man whose work let to "Back of the Yards, "The Woodlawn Organization," and Fred Ross and César ...more
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Nov 29, 2009 Jade Lopert rated it really liked it
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I actually think that terming this a biography is a fairly loose term. The author centers less on his personal and more on his professional accomplishments, both ones he was involved directly in and ones he inspired. I found it fascinating though. I am a junkie for liberal politics though so that might have something to do with it. It does make you wonder if people cared as much as they used to, what kinds of change we could institute.
Sep 23, 2009 Matthew rated it liked it
Although a biography on Saul Alinsky, there's a lot of great detail in this book on fundamentals of the community organization process and it's ties to neighborhood support institutions, e.g. churches, unions, and other community outreach organizations. You can see how this has progressed into the modern day with groups like ACORN. Very good insight into how Obama and Clinton see the world and use community groups to organize and get their message out.
Aug 09, 2015 Phyllis rated it really liked it
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Alinsky is the founder of Chicago's Industrial Areas Foundation, and he helped organize the Back of the Yards, the neighborhoods around the meat packing houses.
When Obama was community organizing in Chicago, he was affiliated with IAF.
Jan 03, 2008 Seth rated it really liked it
Biography of social activist and organizer Saul Alinsky is objective well written. Focuses on his entire life sometimes at the expense of his organizing efforts, but is for that reason well rounded.
Jul 21, 2007 Patrick rated it liked it
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An OK biography on a very interesting but virtually unknown character from American political history. Alinsky is deserving of a better biography.
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Sanford D. Horwitt is an author, book critic and policy advisor to foundations and nonprofit organizations concerned with promoting civic engagement and strengthening democratic institutions. He is the author of "Let Them Call Me Rebel," a biography of Saul Alinsky. His book reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and ...more
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