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

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The first, only, and definitive book on the great community organizer and social activist whose ideas and programs are relevant now more than ever.
Paperback, 618 pages
Published March 31st 1992 by Vintage (first published 1989)
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Betsy
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
Matthew
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.
Jade McDonough
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.
Phyllis
Aug 31, 2009 Phyllis is currently reading it
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.
Seth
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.
Patrick
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 o...more
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