Synopses & Reviews
"An important addition to youth literature."—Guardian
"Fascinating . . . great journalism, using eye-level experience and dispassionate research to give the reader a rare insight."—Time Out
This is the inspiring story of the youth movements and revolutions of the former Communist Eastern Europe. Participants tell how they created popular resistance movements, defying threats, violence, and mass arrests in an attempt to change their countries and the world.
Matthew Collin's previous books include Altered State and Guerrilla Radio. He lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
"Collin (Altered State) combines history, political analysis and personal interviews to paint an intriguing picture of former Soviet bloc societies in transition and the role of youth movements and peaceful resistance in dismantling undemocratic regimes. The narrative begins in Serbia, where the student group Otpor waged a dissident campaign against then president Slobodan Milosevic using traditional media-savvy tactics, successfully 'selling resistance like Coca-Cola, running the movement like a corporate brand.' From the successful push to defeat Milosevic in the presidential elections of 2000, the book shifts focus to Ukraine's much publicized Orange Revolution and a Georgian group, Kmara, appropriated Otpor's tactics and iconography in its struggle against the ruling 'liberal autocracy' of Eduard Shevardnadze. Collin's extensive research and vivid style provides an almost sociological snapshot of a political dissident in 21st century post-Soviet society, and while his sympathies clearly lie with the dissidents, he acknowledges the movements' seamier sides the internal squabbling, murky funding sources and accusations that they are supported by the CIA. The result is a valuable overview of the political movements that sought to renew democracy in a region frequently overlooked by the Western press. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Youth, rebellion, and political change in the former Communist countries of Eastern Europe.
About the Author
Matthew Collin has worked as a magazine editor, a foreign correspondent, a broadcast journalist and a features writer. He has been the editor of the Big Issue, the Time Out website and i-D magazine. His prevoius books, This is Serbia Calling and Altered State are also published by Serpent's Tail.