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by Todd Gitlin
The Occupy Wall Street movement arose out of a widespread desire of ordinary Americans to change a political system in which the moneyed "1%" of the nation controls the workings of the government. In Occupy Nation, social historian Todd Gitlin--a former leader of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who stood at the forefront of the birth of the New Left and the stu ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Harper Collins: It Books
(first published April 10th 2012)
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There are a lot of Occupy books out there, and I haven't read any of them, so I have no idea how this compares to others. I will say I enjoyed this book and found it very informative. It's a little weird for me to read a book about something so recent, that's still happening. Usually books take much longer to get out, to me at least, and reading this as very of the moment was new for me. Not being part of the movement myself, I was a bit confused as to what's been going on and Occupy Nation prov ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I was engaging in an on-line debate recently on the issue of gun control legislation. When I raised the issue of whether it might be possible to test would be gun owners to see if they had any feelings of hostility towards society, one woman pointed to the Occupy movement as a group of people she felt had hostile feelings towards society. She referred to them as "Occupy nutsies". Now I don't tend to pay all that much attention to current events. I operate on the principle that if something happe ...more
Most aficionados of progressive politics probably knew that Todd Gitlin would write a book on Occupy even before he did. The chair of the Columbia journalism PhD program has essentially prepped for such a project throughout his career. In addition to mastering the art of insider movement journalism with such age-defining works as The Sixties, he also authored the 1980 media critique The Whole World Is Watching, the '60s-era title of which became a go-to chant in the Occupy playbook. With Occupy ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Kathleen rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Gitlin's introduction to Occupy is fantastic in that it captures the hopeful, angry, and yet utopian spirit of Occupy. He offers an unflinching account of the strengths and challenges that face the movement. A very useful introductory account in that Gitlin compares Occupy to other social movements that readers may be more familiar with and that are more recognizable in their structure and goals. Overall, a very useful book for teachers.
Todd Gitlin is an American writer, sociologist, communications scholar, novelist, poet, and not very private intellectual.More about Todd Gitlin...