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The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington

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An All-Access Pass to the Populist
Insurrection Brewing Across the Country

Job outsourcing. Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. Slashed paychecks. Stolen elections. A war without end, fatally mismanaged. Ordinary Americans on both the Right and Left are tired of being disenfranchised by corrupt politicians of both parties and are organizing to change the status q
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Crown (first published 2008)
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Dec 28, 2008 Geof rated it liked it
After Nov. 4, The Uprising is somewhat out of date, but it still contains enough interesting anecdotes to make it worth reading for anyone following the nation's shifting political winds.

Sirota covers various populist movements on both the left and the right – from anti-tax efforts in Montana to anti-war groups in Washington to anti-immigration militias in California – all of them aimed at taking down The Establishment. But you won't find any objectivity here. Sirota's blatant bias undermines hi
Jul 14, 2014 C. rated it it was ok
Technically well written; the facts notwithstanding. I guess I don't know what I was expecting really. An author comes to the border with a history of writing left leaning material and goes away with a hatchet job on a patriotic American effort. I should have known but then again the Minutemen have had more than 100 authors, TV crews, newspapers, filmmakers and documentarians visit Camp Vigilance in the last three years and not once did they come away with a negative impression. Even the most ha ...more
Mary Beth
Apr 04, 2013 Mary Beth rated it liked it
Title doesn't quite match the book itself. I mean, this book was written and published before the financial crisis, and Wall Street and Washington wasn't quite scared of "the people" as implied in the title. Wall Street and DC got scared with the math -- that 2 + 2 did not equal $160 billion at the end of the day. Who was paying attention to the people he described in the book before the fall of 2008? More appropriate title should be "my musing on the crap I saw working in politics."

Don't get m
Mar 26, 2009 Alan rated it it was ok
Lately, I've been hearing and seeing David Sirota everywhere, on NPR radio shows, on and elsewhere, criticizing President Obama for failing to deliver the kind of radical economic policies he had hoped for. For more on his views, I turned to this book.
Sirota contends that millions of Americans are full of rage at an economic system that is blatantly unjust, delivering the vast bulk of its rewards to a few at the top. So far, I'm with him -- and I give him credit because he appears to
John Clark
Mar 15, 2010 John Clark rated it really liked it
I think that David Sirota's "The Uprising" is misnamed. It should really be called "Political Power 101", as Sirota does an excellent job of providing an introduction to how political power really works. Ostensibly, Sirota is interested in looking at political power from a particular angle--what he calls the "uprising", but Sirota himself as much as admits that this uprising is fairly ill-defined. This confusion is my only real complaint with the book.

On the other hand, the vagueness of Sirota's
Jul 08, 2011 Jon rated it really liked it
Saw and talked to Sirota at Elliot Bay Books tonight and was surprisingly impressed. He's not just another glib blowhard who worked on Capitol Hill for a while and is now cashing in (having worked on the Hill, I've seen that and am skeptical that it's what people are doing). Agree with him that economic populism wins and Dems are wrong to run from economic liberalism. Also think he makes sense that people have been voting against their own economic interests because they perceive no difference b ...more
Thomas Stevenson
Dec 30, 2015 Thomas Stevenson rated it really liked it
I stumbled across this book and found that it has many answers to the questions journalists are asking today about the popularity of the outsider candidacies of Trump, Carson, etc. America's dissatisfaction with the status quo has deep roots and the search for solutions has largely failed to meet expectations. Although Sirota expects the discontent he finds in many places will lead to change, the results have been disappointing because populism seems to remain issue oriented. If what was happeni ...more
Jun 04, 2009 AuthorsOnTourLive! rated it it was amazing
Political organizer and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist David Sirota's first book, Hostile Takeover, was a New York Times bestseller. Sirota blogs at, and his column runs weekly in the Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Seattle Times, as well as in other newspapers. He is a senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future and the founder of the Progressive States Network-both nonpartisan research institutions. Sirota discusses his new book The Uprising: ...more
Jan 10, 2012 William rated it really liked it
THe amazing thing about this book is that it was written in 2007 BEFORE the wall Street bailout, housing collapse, Tea party formation, and Occupy Wall Street movement. Its like looking in a crystal ball. The author, a former congressional aide who calls himself left of center, chronicles modern day populist movements on the left and right. He also calls for various reforms to strip the overwhelming power of corporations and solutions for getting democracy back in the hands of the citizens. He t ...more
Aug 22, 2008 Emily rated it liked it
This is a good exploration of a variety of grassroots movements all over the USA showing how individuals are actually standing up and doing something about the corporate-government machine which serves the elite and not the people they represent. While I don't agree with some of the movements (ie, citizens patrolling the US-Mexico border with guns and perpetuating racism, while failing to see that corporate and government policies in that country and others lead to poverty and destruction which ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Mark rated it liked it
Sirota's a bit too fond of Alinsky for my prejudices. That said, he does give a good tour of the disparate elements (both on the right and the left) rising up against the way business and politics is done in the US.

His treatment of Danny Cantor's efforts in NY state as the executive director of the Working People's Party (did I get the name right?) left me quite hopeful. Cantor is a skilled, intelligent organizer.

The first chapter on Montana's Senator, Jon Tester, should be required reading for
Aug 02, 2008 Maude rated it liked it
If David Sirota can write a best seller, so can I. It's interesting how he pulls together some of the similarities of the different populist movements but I'm distracted by his critique for how the movements are organized (he goes into more detail about the structure of the progressive movement because he's more invested in that movement). Basically he finds the progressive organizational structure too top down and not democratic. I agree, but he doesn't offer a solution. How would he restructur ...more
Jul 23, 2008 Taylor rated it it was amazing
Sirota is the real-deal as far as progressive journalists go. His ideas are fresh and far-reaching, even appealing to the economic populism of Lou Dobbs. But make no mistake, Sirota is uncompromisingly left-wing, and does it better than most of us. He is definitely a step above the rest, and The Uprising is a refreshing reminder of the movement that we are building, and the movement that we should continue to build.

I had the chance to interview him on some populist themes and things that he didn
Jul 23, 2008 Marie marked it as to-read
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Jacket: Insurrection Brewing Across the Country. Job outsourcing. Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. Slashed paychecks. Stolen elections. A war without end, fatally mismanaged. Ordinary Americans on both the Right and Left are tired of being disenfranchised by corrupt politicians of both parties and are organizing to change the status quo. In his invigorating new book, David Sirota investigates whether this uprising can be transformed into a unified, lasting political movement.
Jan 01, 2009 Jake added it
This is a good reality check to remind you how off-course Washington and electoral politics have become vis a vis the concerns of actual people in this country. It's not terribly scientific, but I do think he's tapped into a real phenomenon (a sort of trans-ideological discontent) with this book. I just wish he would stop capitalizing things in attempts to create his own buzzwords--it gets tired by the later chapters.
Oct 04, 2008 Rick rated it really liked it
After listening to David Sirota debate Grover Norquist, and soundly trouncing GN. I had to go and hear him at Elliot Bay. After listening to his point of view on the current state of America, I had to buy the book.

So far, it is very interesting.
Jan 08, 2010 Adrienne rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about grassroots activities. It covers left and right. Great explanations about why things do or don't work. The most important thing is he shows the commonality between this disparate groups.
Heather Denkmire
Jun 19, 2010 Heather Denkmire rated it really liked it
Refreshingly wide ranging examples of populist activism. Sirota doesn't hide his own leanings, but does a fine job showing the common threads for successful movements. The common stumbling blocks, too.
Scotty H.
Aug 18, 2008 Scotty H. marked it as to-read
Saw this author interviewed about this book on The Colbert Report. Sounded like it was right up my alley. He's also the author of the NY Times Bestseller, Hostile Takeover. So we'll see ! ;-)
Aug 24, 2008 Marc rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in politics
Excellent, clearly written analysis of this moment in America. Looks at multiple ways that discontent with a corrupt political process is expressing itself.
Ted Heitz
Jul 27, 2010 Ted Heitz rated it it was ok
Prelude to the development of the WFP and labor's role in gov't. Socialist banter but he called it correctly given recent events.
William Strasse
Jun 27, 2012 William Strasse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think you should read it, then pass it on to a friend, and have them pass it on to another friend, etc...
Gary Turner
Jul 01, 2013 Gary Turner rated it really liked it
I do hope that the masses will get tired of the unlevel playing field and demand equal rights.
Aug 09, 2008 Dublindem rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Sirota's optimism and his interpretation of events!
Jan 02, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it
Reading this on recommendation from local Obama campaign manager...
Oct 21, 2008 Meghan marked it as to-read
saw it on democracy now october 21st 2008
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David Sirota is an author, nationally syndicated columnist and radio host living in Denver, Colorado. His work focuses on the intersection of pop culture and politics. He is the author of three books: Back to Our Future (2011), The Uprising (2008) and Hostile Takeover (2006). His syndicated column appears weekly in newspapers with a combined circulation of 1.6 million readers. He hosts the morning ...more
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