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Shawn Donley: IMG Gabrielle Zevin: The Powells.com Interview

Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    Gabrielle Zevin 9781616203214


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Rules for Radicals by Saul D Alinsky
Rules for Radicals

Hethre, February 13, 2012

This book greatly challenged me as a relatively novice community organizer. Alinsky packs the book with good, solid advice, and it is clearly the result of many years of organizing experience. I must admit, there were some ideas I had trouble with at first. Two examples of this are: the concept of taking a system for what it is and working from there, rather operating as if a system were already what you wished it were; and the idea that one cannot judge an activist/group's means to an end, unless a person lives in that cultural and historic context - i.e. that ethics are relative. As a very idealistic person, I initially found both of these ideas difficult to accept. But the book gave me excellent food for thought. Alinsky may have idealistic visions for society, but what truly sets him apart from other armchair liberals is his ability to balance these ideals with very pragmatic methods. It's hard to argue with the amount of authority and experience he has on the subject, and I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to learn the art/science of realistically creating social change.
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