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Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse

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Publisher Comments:

"Objective journalism, this is not."—The New York Observer

"The balanced book on Occupy I've been waiting for: sharp journalistic observation and insider knowledge, big picture knowledge of movement dynamics and attention to the telling details, writing that's witty and poignant. Schneider models for engaged intellectuals and thoughtful activists how to reflect on breakthrough events."—George Lakey, Swarthmore College, activist and author of Toward a Living Revolution

"This book is a gift and a tool. Full of thick descriptions and the voices of the protagonists themselves, you feel as if you are there, participating in the assemblies and occupations, feeling the joys and frustrations of the movement. A must-read."—Marina Sitrin, author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina

"It wasnt the revolution, but for a while, Occupy sure damn felt like it could be. Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse takes us back to those first few days of Occupy Wall Street, with all its beauty, its chaos, and its ridiculously long general assemblies. With a strong, often hilarious voice and the critical compassion that can only come from someone who camped out in Zuccotti Park himself, Nathan Schneider goes beyond the simplistic divides (violence or nonviolence? a movement or a moment?) to offer a true sense of what Occupy was. It was a diverse, complicated people, struggling to live up to its own revolutionary ideals. In short, Occupy was America, in all of our tragic glory." —Josh Healey, winner of Mario Savio Award, activist and author of Hammertime

Review:

"Schneider offers a riveting, yet sometimes frustrating account of Occupy Wall Street's first year in New York. After the foreword by Rebecca Solnit, the book takes readers from the meetings leading up to the occupation of Zuccoti 'Liberty' Park on September 17, 2011, to the movement's progress across the country and around the world, up to it's first anniversary. Schneider (God in Proof) draws from first-hand reportage, social media, and other sources to depict the spirit, influences, conflicts, and criticisms of the movement. Choosing to describe the movement as an apocalypse will no doubt turn off some readers, but one of the strongest passages in the book addresses Schneider's faith, and the attempted occupation of property owned by Trinity Church. The tone varies between profoundly earnest and pragmatic, though clearly Schneider stands with the Occupiers. Some of his responses to the criticisms of the movement are less than convincing, but never become dismissive. Still, readers may get the sense that in order to invest in Schneider's passion or disappointments, you needed to have been there. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

"Objective journalism, this is not."—The New York Observer

"The balanced book on Occupy I've been waiting for: sharp journalistic observation and insider knowledge, big picture knowledge of movement dynamics and attention to the telling details, writing that's witty and poignant. Schneider models for engaged intellectuals and thoughtful activists how to reflect on breakthrough events."—George Lakey, Swarthmore College, activist and author of Toward a Living Revolution

"This book is a gift and a tool. Full of thick descriptions and the voices of the protagonists themselves, you feel as if you are there, participating in the assemblies and occupations, feeling the joys and frustrations of the movement. A must-read."—Marina Sitrin, author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina

Synopsis:

Thank You, Anarchy is an up-close, inside account of Occupy Wall Streets first year in New York City, written by one of the first reporters to cover the phenomenon. Nathan Schneider chronicles the origins and explosive development of the Occupy movement through the eyes of the organizers who tried to give shape to an uprising always just beyond their control. Capturing the voices, encounters, and beliefs that powered the movement, Schneider brings to life the General Assembly meetings, the chaotic marches, the split-second decisions, and the moments of doubt as Occupy swelled from a hashtag online into a global phenomenon.

A compelling study of the spirit that drove this watershed movement, Thank You, Anarchy vividly documents how the Occupy experience opened new social and political possibilities and registered a chilling indictment of the status quo. It was the movements most radical impulses, this account shows, that shook millions out of a failed tedium and into imagining, and fighting for, a better kind of future.

 

About the Author

Nathan Schneider is the author of God in Proof: The Story of a Search, from the Ancients to the Internet (UC Press). He wrote about Occupy Wall Street for Harpers, The Nation, The New York Times, and Boston Review, among other publications. He is an editor of the websites Waging Nonviolence and Killing the Buddha.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Miracles and Obstacles

Rebecca Solnit

PART ONE

SUMMER TO FALL

1. Some Great Cause

2. New Messiah

PART TWO

FALL TO WINTER

3. Planet Occupy

4. No Borders, No Bosses

5. Sanctuary

PART THREE

WINTER TO SPRING

6. Diversity of Tactics

7. Crazy Eyes

PART FOUR

SUMMER TO FALL

8. Eternal Return

Acknowledgments

Works Not Cited

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520276802
Author:
Schneider, Nathan
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Solnit, Rebecca
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Schneider offers a riveting, yet sometimes frustrating account of Occupy Wall Street's first year in New York. After the foreword by Rebecca Solnit, the book takes readers from the meetings leading up to the occupation of Zuccoti 'Liberty' Park on September 17, 2011, to the movement's progress across the country and around the world, up to it's first anniversary. Schneider (God in Proof) draws from first-hand reportage, social media, and other sources to depict the spirit, influences, conflicts, and criticisms of the movement. Choosing to describe the movement as an apocalypse will no doubt turn off some readers, but one of the strongest passages in the book addresses Schneider's faith, and the attempted occupation of property owned by Trinity Church. The tone varies between profoundly earnest and pragmatic, though clearly Schneider stands with the Occupiers. Some of his responses to the criticisms of the movement are less than convincing, but never become dismissive. Still, readers may get the sense that in order to invest in Schneider's passion or disappointments, you needed to have been there. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Objective journalism, this is not."—The New York Observer

"The balanced book on Occupy I've been waiting for: sharp journalistic observation and insider knowledge, big picture knowledge of movement dynamics and attention to the telling details, writing that's witty and poignant. Schneider models for engaged intellectuals and thoughtful activists how to reflect on breakthrough events."—George Lakey, Swarthmore College, activist and author of Toward a Living Revolution

"This book is a gift and a tool. Full of thick descriptions and the voices of the protagonists themselves, you feel as if you are there, participating in the assemblies and occupations, feeling the joys and frustrations of the movement. A must-read."—Marina Sitrin, author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina

"Synopsis" by ,
Thank You, Anarchy is an up-close, inside account of Occupy Wall Streets first year in New York City, written by one of the first reporters to cover the phenomenon. Nathan Schneider chronicles the origins and explosive development of the Occupy movement through the eyes of the organizers who tried to give shape to an uprising always just beyond their control. Capturing the voices, encounters, and beliefs that powered the movement, Schneider brings to life the General Assembly meetings, the chaotic marches, the split-second decisions, and the moments of doubt as Occupy swelled from a hashtag online into a global phenomenon.

A compelling study of the spirit that drove this watershed movement, Thank You, Anarchy vividly documents how the Occupy experience opened new social and political possibilities and registered a chilling indictment of the status quo. It was the movements most radical impulses, this account shows, that shook millions out of a failed tedium and into imagining, and fighting for, a better kind of future.

 

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