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The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement

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Occupy Wall Street burst onto the stage of history in the fall of 2011. First by the tens, then by the tens of thousands, protestors filled the streets and laid claim to the squares of nearly 1,500 towns and cities, until, one by one, the occupations were forcibly evicted. In The Occupiers, Michael Gould-Wartofsky offers a front-seat view of the action in the streets of Ne ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 1st 2014)
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Joseph
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement by Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky is a first-hand account of the Occupy Movements across the country. Gould-Wartofsky has a BA from Harvard College and is a Ph.D. Candidate in sociology at New York University. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Monthly Review, Mother Jones, and other publications.

Living in Dallas, TX, much of what I heard about the Occupy Movement was through Twitter and a handful of New Yorkers who posted about it. Dallas d
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Kathleen
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best book covering the Occupy movement that I have found. Especially great because the author explains Occupy in a global context of resistance to neoliberalism and austerity policies. So many of the other books I have read do not place Occupy in global context and are far too provincial in their discussion. Gould-Wartofsky recognizes the indebtedness of Occupiers to organizers throughout the world, with special emphasis on the Middle East, Central and South America, and Southern Europe. Add ...more
Andrew Cox
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
All in all a great easy read. Even being part of movements and following Occupy, I learned quite a bit of good information about this. The writing is great, the content is excellent. My one problem is that the author very obviously talks about class in an American sociologist way (as income brackets or ways like that) rather than a Marxist or anti-capitalist way as viewing class as one's relationship to capital. I'd would totally recommend this book.
Randy Cauthen
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Generally good. Would be better if he'd either really committed to the participant/observer role, or else gotten entirely out of the way, instead of playing on both sides of the street.
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