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Radical: A Portrait of Saul Alinsky

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The life and legacy of Saul Alinsky, the largely unknown godfather behind American grassroots democracy and an inspiration for Barack Obama
ebook, 256 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Nation Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Elliot Ratzman
Jul 24, 2011 Elliot Ratzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author, Nicholas von Hoffman, and Caesar Chavez were hired the same day as organizers by Saul Alinsky. Alinsky is my “rabbi,” my favorite radical, the man who invented community organizing, who avoided the mysticism of non-violence, the lifestyle politics of the 1960s and the ineffective idealism of Christian charity. This portrait of Alinsky is also a picture of Chicago politics in the 1940s and 50s complete with philandering priests, corrupt do-gooders, mob allies and white-ethnics organiz ...more
Aug 22, 2010 Colin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and more human portrait of Alinsky than I've run across before. I probably would have given it four stars if there was more organization and focus to the book.
Dana Reynolds
Sep 03, 2015 Dana Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed so many of the stories in this book. The stories told dominated the author's commentary, which I also appreciated. Some of the stories recounted here were very surprising. I do not want to say too much that could be a spoiler for some. For example if someone wanted to know more about César Chávez, von Hoffman references Miriam Pawel's book on him. I do not know (not having read Pawel) is whether the summary is accurate, but to me it was quite surprising and brand new information.

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Paul Heidebrecht
Fine memoir with stories that make it hard not to like Alinsky even if he was a big pain in the ..
it was a good basic personal accounting of saul alinksy's life and personality.
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“In one of his puckish moods Saul talked the president of a university into letting him anonymously take an examination being administered to candidates for a doctorate in community organization. "Three of the questions were on the philosophy of and motivations of Saul Alinsky," writes Saul. "I answered two of them incorrectly.” 1 likes
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