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Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
3.82
There are definite aspects of Alinsky's book that are getting a little outdated.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
3.62
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
 
Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising
4.06
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
 
Anything We Love Can Be Saved:: A Writer's Activism
4.07
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
 
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
3.89
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
3.87
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
4.11
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
3.65
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
3.80
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
 
Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women
4.16
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
 
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
4.41
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
 
What Should I Do If Reverend Billy Is in My Store?
3.59
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
 
The Troublemaker's Teaparty: A Manual for Effective Citizen Action
3.25
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
 
Living My Life, Vol. 1
4.29
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
 
Globalize This!: The Battle Against the World Trade Organization
3.57
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
 
Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States
3.93
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
 
Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
3.82
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
 
Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice
3.46
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
4.19
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
3.69
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
2.67
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
3.63
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
4.13
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
3.67
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
3.84
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
3.21
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
4.03
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
3.00
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
3.91
Contains great contributions by feminist activists like Loretta Ross and Andrea Smith.
Nov 2007
Jun 27, 2008
 
The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter
4.07
The idea of the World Cafe is great; the book is only so-so.
Jul 2006
Mar 18, 2007
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