96th out of 116 books — 19 voters
by Craig Cox
In the 1960s, the cooperative networks of food stores, restaurants, bakeries, bookstores, and housing alternatives were part counterculture, part social experiment, part economic utopia, and part revolutionary political statement. The co-ops gave activists a place where they could both express themselves and accomplish at least some small-scale changes. But these activists...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Rutgers University Press
(first published 1994)
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Good coverage of the Twin Cities cooperative scene of yore. Numerous people who were covered in the book, or participated in the movement at the time, have mentioned factual errors in the book. But, I still think this is a good start for investigating Twin Cities cooperatives and understanding one factor that led to a later centralization of management in the grocery cooperative sector.
I'm going to give this book a second reading, but probably not for a few months. Basically it details what lead up to and made the year 1976 so volatile in Minneapolis/St. Paul, when a multitude of food co-ops went to war based on domain, theory and practice. Essentially, it was a war between whole foods anarchists and communists that started as debate and ended with beatings, terrorism and fire. A pretty interesting slice of history that i had never heard of before i met someone from the twin c...more