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Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
There are definite aspects of Alinsky's book that are getting a little outdated. It's interesting to read the final chapters, and see his hope for wha...more
Aug 2007
Aug 04, 2007
The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture
Just finished reading an advanced review copy.

First of all, I think definite thanks need to be given to Mary Pipher for all her dedicated work around...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 09, 2013
Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women
What I really appreciated about this book is that it did not take for granted either a full knowledge of the Civil War or of libertarian/anarchist pol...more
Mar 21, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
Anything We Love Can Be Saved:: A Writer's Activism
I found many of the essays in this collection to be somewhat uninspiring: repetitive, and often lacking either in content or subtlety. However, the l...more
Jan 2008
Dec 10, 2007
Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising
I had heard really good things about this book, but was a little bit skeptical about it given that the author calls herself a Witch. And, indeed, she...more
Apr 2007
Apr 05, 2007
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
Muscio's book has been recommended to me time and time again, and I finally got down to reading it. I think it would have been something that would ha...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History
I found this book incredibly engaging and provocative, but this was my first time learning much about Lynd and his work; those already familiar with h...more
Feb 2010
Feb 01, 2010
Women, Culture, and Politics
For anyone wanting an overview of Davis' work, I would recommend the Angela Davis Reader over this collection (and the Reader contains some of the bes...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography
We just got this into the store on Tuesday, and taking a look at it, I was pretty excited to read it, and to get a long inside account of Wikileaks. I...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Animal Rights: History and Scope of a Radical Social Movement
I picked this up a long time ago, curious to see if it would be what, indeed, it turned out to be: a university press book that attempts to legitimize...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter
The idea of the World Cafe is great; the book is only so-so.
Jul 2006
Mar 18, 2007
What Should I Do If Reverend Billy Is in My Store?
I picked this book up after I (sadly) missed the showing of What Would Jesus Buy? when it was in Chicago for just a week.

If you've seen the trailer fo...more
Jan 2008
Jan 16, 2008
Living My Life, Vol. 1
Goldman's style is simple but compelling; I went out in search of the second volume immediately after finishing the first.

It's fascinating to see the...more
Oct 15, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
The Troublemaker's Teaparty: A Manual for Effective Citizen Action
This is more the type of book one should read as you're actually carrying out a citizen campaign, to get ideas about what to do and how to do it. I ch...more
Jun 2007
Jun 13, 2007
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
A challenging collection of essays, poems, and writings from third world women/women of color in the U.S.
The writers address the racism present in the...more
Oct 2007
Sep 27, 2007
Globalize This!: The Battle Against the World Trade Organization
This collection of essays is a pretty good reader on both what happened on the ground at the 1999 Seattle protest against the WTO as well as into the...more
Sep 2007
Sep 11, 2007
Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
The meandering style, and the moves from ultra close-up details on individual lives to broad-scale descriptions of international history, didn't work...more
Feb 22, 2011
Dec 07, 2008
Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States
I nominated this book for the Indie Booksellers Choice Awards, but alas, it didn't make it into the finalists. But here was my pitch for that:

How do w...more
Mar 2011
Aug 25, 2010
Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice
I received a copy of this book because I read the glowing blurbs of it on amazon, and added it to my wish list. A mistake on my part, I think, as the...more
Nov 2008
Apr 03, 2007
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
I find that well-done history always makes me want to learn more about the particular era and characters. So take it as a compliment to Adam Hochschil...more
Mar 04, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
Learning Power: Organizing for Education and Justice
It sounds like the authors have done worthwhile projects with students in LA. But unfortunately this book is poorly organized, and their analysis of p...more
Dec 2009
Dec 01, 2009
Alternative and Activist Media
While the book doesn't really achieve any serious analysis of alternative media, it does provide a good overview of the recent history of alternative...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
Five Days That Shook the World: Seattle and Beyond
I'm afraid I can't recommend this book because the editing is just incredibly shoddy. I really wouldn't want to subject you to it.
It is good, though,...more
Apr 2007
Apr 18, 2007
Direct Action: An Ethnography
Update: This was one of the main books we recommended at Skylight for folks coming looking for a way to think about and understand the Occupy movement...more
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Feb 15, 2008
A History of Change: Dispatches from the Occupation
It's always curious to discover that what you think is probably your own, relatively isolated experience and hodge-podge intellectual disposition is,...more
Nov 2012
Nov 04, 2012
Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination
Great collection of Graeber's essays, but terribly copy edited. Typos and other errors were distracting enough that I couldn't recommend owning this e...more
Dec 14, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History
The first half - a longer history of SDS - got a little dull. The second half was much more interesting, and the personal anecdotes and stories in it...more
Sep 2008
Aug 22, 2008
Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists
Excellent how-to guide for community organizing. I pick it up when I'm not sure of how to start something or if I want a little boost in my confidence...more
Apr 11, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
Campus Ecology: A Guide to Assessing Environmental Quality and Creating Strategies for Change
Really helpful step-by-step guide of how to assess a campus for environmental sustainability.
May 2006
Jun 13, 2007
Policing the National Body: Race, Gender and Criminalization in the United States
Contains great contributions by feminist activists like Loretta Ross and Andrea Smith.
Nov 2007
Jun 27, 2008
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