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Analyzing the movement's deep-seated origins in questions that the country has sought too long to ignore, some of the greatest economic minds and most incisive cultural commentators - from Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Michael Lewis, Robert Reich, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Gillian Tett, Scott Turow, Bethany McLean, Brandon Adams, and Tyler Cowen to prominent labor lead ...more
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Published April 17th 2012 by Back Bay Books
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Aryn
May 12, 2012 Aryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People living in the modern economic climate
While I was reading this book that I received from Goodreads Giveaways, I came across this article written by Stephen King. Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake! I found it very appropriate, considering the book I was reading.

This collection of essays by some 50+ economists, and other various intelligent people, on the validity of the Occupy Wall Street movement and what can be accomplished through it, really opened my eyes in a lot of ways. I agree with what OWS stands for, and I do agree with the way i
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Nancy
With 56 pieces by 67 authors, almost anyone is going to find chapters that are insightful and inspiring and others that are academic bloviating or pie in the sky fantasy. The book is divided into 3 broad sections-- How We Got Here, Where We Are Now and Solutions. It's probably best as a book to poke through. Most of the chapters are 5 to 8 pages long and stand alone so it's a good one to put it on the back of your toilet and see what influence it has on you and your friends. If you don't get aro ...more
Broadsnark
I hate this book.

I really tried to give it a chance. But I knew going in that any book about occupy that was compiled by someone described as "an editor who has worked with Nobel Prize-winning economists, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, and leading political figures, financial journalists, academics, and bestselling authors" was going to be a shit show. And a shit show it was.

It isn't that all the essays are crap. Some of them are quite good. The first section breaks down the financial crisis an
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Peter
I found the 'Occupy Handbook' to be a very comprehensive and enlightening read. The number, diversity and quality of the authors was incredible. The short chapters kept it interesting, though most wrote in a manner that even a mental midget like myself could understand. I greatly appreciated editor Byrne's approach of not looking at just the Occupy protestors and what they've accomplished, but also spending equal time on the the build up to the economic crisis and where the organization should g ...more
Matthew
Even for someone as economically-illiterate as me, this is a good book to read. With contributions from a wide range of authors, from Nobel-prize winning economists to knowledgeable reporters, from Paul Volcker to Matt Taibbi, in all sorts of styles. Some of the articles are dense enough to be plucked out of an economics textbook, while others are filled with reporting, opinions, and concise analysis. There's humor, outrage, concrete policy solutions, and so much you might not have known in this ...more
Greg Talbot
Consider that even with Twitter, Facebook, petitions to white House and just about any new form of digital communication, the protest heard most loudly from the financial crisis came from the collective at Zuccotti Park in New York.

“The Occupy Handbook” is an enlivened, spirited book from some of the leading educators and cultural theorists who write about the milieu and financial consequences of the crash. Contributers include: Paul Krugman, Michael Lewis, Robert Schiller, Jeffrey Sachs, Robert
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Nicki Schwenkbeck
I think my favorite part of this book were the suggested solutions made by many of the contributors. A financial transactions tax, principle reductions for homeowners who are underwater, and serious reforms to our student loan programs are just a few ideas that would put real focus on rebuilding our middle class and making our economy more equitable for all.
David Melbie
Jul 21, 2012 David Melbie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to David by: Library pick
Not only does this book have much in that helps define the OWS movement, but it is also full of ideas and solutions by a host of people on how we can fix our failing systems. Very informative and useful.
David
This is a collection of various essays, and so, the quality varies greatly. Some of the articles are quite good. Others can use some help. One argument which really bothered me was this: this author argued that there was a redistribution of wealth from young to old. His proof was that the average 65 year old head of household has greater wealth than a 35 year old head of household, and that this gap has grown over the last 30 years. What he failed to deal with was some simple items. Biggest weal ...more
Widhyanto Muttaqien
A compilation about the roots of social movement in America and the searching for the prosperity, equality, and sustainability for future generation. Is about how to re-structuring 'our' politic, economic, and the mass (media) and dump any kind of junkies business (monkey biz, corruption and ignorance of others - the poor). Pro poor not just subsidize the poor, but to enforcing law with equality- and give them a chance with intervention of the government who's respect themselves, be confidence t ...more
Shane
Simply put, this is just an incredibly diverse collection that connects a lot of shorter pieces together around the Occupy Movement. Labor leaders, economists, journalists, radicals, and a whole range give great articles to contribute to the discussion. There is nothing incredibly groundbreaking here, but a broad collection of brief contributions. Everyone will find a little gem.
Carmen
Very fair. Includes essays that are not necessarily in agreement with the goals of the Occupy movement. On the other hand, the essays that are serve as wake up calls to those Americans like me who still wonder what happened. A starting point for me for what I take to be the mission of my generation: find out what happened in 2007/2008 and never let it happen again.
Jennifer
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Kimberly
Free copy received from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This book tackles the economic questions of our day from many different perspectives. It has a huge range of authors, the chapters are really short so it's easy to just flip through and read a couple at a time. I agree with some authors more than others, but the topics were intriguing.
Melinda
I got this book for free from Goodreads first reads more than a year ago. I really tried to finish, but I just couldn't. I was hoping to gain some insight about the Occupy Movement, but instead I got several essays that talked around it. Some gave background, some gave opinions, but none of them worked together to tell me the whole story.
Maggie
This book was very fascinating, easy to understand for someone who doesn't have any background in economics, and a great read overall for anyone wanting to know why Occupy Wall Street came about, what they wanted, and what worldwide events led up to it, as well as suggestions by many experts to fix what's wrong with the country.
Kent Winward
The roster of writers is a veritable who's who of progressive thinkers on the economy. The book is well balanced and doesn't proffer a simple solution to a complex set of problems.

Mostly it inspired me to be more politically vocal and focus on the issues that really impact people in their day to day lives.
Daeman
This collection of essays analyzes the Occupy Wall Street movement. Although some of the essays were dry, overall I found the book to be highly informative in terms of both placing the movement in historical context and understanding the issues discussed.
Albert
A good book to better understand the OWS movement, with contributions from a wide array of authors and experts. It took me awhile to read but it opened my eyes to how we need change in this country.

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Joe
Jul 08, 2012 Joe added it
Covers a lot of familiar stuff that is familiar to those that already know about economic inequality but it has a wide breadth of authors that may add some insights.
Karl


Pretty thorough overview of the movement, diverse opinions from a number of activists from all walks of life, thoughtfully collected in one volume.
Kevin

a pretty good overview of what caused this economic funk we're in, where we're at now, and how to bring about real change to our broken system
Anthony Faber
Good collection of essays by some heavy hitters. Long, but worth reading.

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