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We'll be reading Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street by John Nichols through the end of November.

This thread can be used to give book reviews as well as for a general discussion of the book. Please feel free to start a new discussion in the book club folder if you'd like to focus on specific aspects of or ideas from the book.

Uprising How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street by John Nichols

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Katie (Katidid) | 3 comments I found this book to be more on the level of a pep talk than something educational. I did enjoy the introduction of the history of the labor movement in Wisconson, of which I was previously unaware. This book did a great job of giving you the feel of being in an historical moment of change.

However, when I choose to read a full book on a topic, I'm usually desiring to get a detailed education on the topic. I found this one lacking in the details to feel I understand a political situation, in all it's complexities, better than before. It gave an emotional empathy, rather than an intellectual analysis. There is nothing necessarily wrong with emotional empathy, but that is the main thing I see in this book.

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Lee Robbins (leerobbins03) | 34 comments Just finished the book and I have to say, I love John Nichols writing. I read his articles all the time in the Nation and the Progressive. However, I would have to agree with Katidid. The book is more or less, a snap shot of history, or a pep talk to convince individuals that the uprising in WI in 2011 was important for the labor movement. Important because the labor movement's decline in union membership over the past 30 years. More could have been put into the book,such as the reasons why Walker won his recall election (I would like to see that in an updated edition of the book). However, I would recommend this to anyone just getting started in labor politics. And remember, John Nichols said it best... we don't need to be supporting democrats to be supporting democrats. We need to support politicians that will fight to keep union rights for hard working class people. Whether they be Democrats, Republican, Green Party, Socialist, Independents, etc.

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