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Rules for Radicals : a Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals (71 Edition)
Rules for Radicals : a Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals (71 Edition)
by Saul D. Alinsky
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First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in... (read more)

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Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times
Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times
by Paul Rogat Loeb
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Soul of a Citizen awakens within us the desire and the ability to make our voices heard and our actions count. We can lead lives worthy of our convictions. A book of inspiration and integrity, Soul of a Citizen is an antidote to the twin scourges of... (read more)

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Towards Collective Liberation (13 Edition)
Towards Collective Liberation (13 Edition)
by Crass
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Organized into four sections, this collection of essays is geared toward activists engaging with the dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. These essays and interviews present powerful lessons... (read more)

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Next American Revolution-updated (12 Edition)
Next American Revolution-updated (12 Edition)
by Grace Lee Boggs
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"Reading Grace Lee Boggs helps you glimpse a United States that is better and more beautiful than you thought it was. As she analyzes some of the inspiring theories and practices that have emerged from the struggles for equality and freedom in Detroit... (read more)

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The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear
The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear
by Paul Rogat Loeb
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What keeps us going when times get tough? How do we keep on working for a more humane world, no matter how hard it sometimes seems? In a time when our involvement has never been needed more, this anthology of political hope will help readers with the... (read more)

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Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice
Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice
by Jason Del Gandio
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Educating for Action shares the voices of activists whose combined experience in confronting painful injustice has generated a wealth of key insights for creating social change. An engaging, practical handbook for new and seasoned activists alike, this... (read more)

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From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation
From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation
by Gene Sharp
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Twenty-one years ago, at a friends request, a Massachusetts professor sketched out a blueprint for nonviolent resistance to repressive regimes. It would go on to be translated, photocopied, and handed from one activist to another, traveling from country... (read more)

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Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place To Call Home (13 Edition)
Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place To Call Home (13 Edition)
by Gottesdiener
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Told through the eyes of four homeowners—a grandmother in Detroit, an entrepreneur in rural North Carolina, a disabled man in Chattanooga, and a mother in Chicago—A Dream Foreclosed presents a peoples history of the U.S. financial crisis and... (read more)

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Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America
Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America
by Jeffrey Stout
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"The subject of civil society ranks among the most important topics of contemporary democracy. Jeffrey Stout treats this subject in a manner that is original, bold, and saturated with concrete detail. This is an important book for all friends of... (read more)

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How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
by David Bornstein
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Now published in more than twenty countries, David Bornstein's How to Change the World has become the bible for social entrepreneurship--in which men and women around the world are finding innovative solutions to a wide variety of social and economic... (read more)

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Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy (Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives (Pap)
Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy (Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives (Pap)
by Mark R Warren
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"Mark Warren's comprehensive case study of the Industrial Areas Foundation is a major contribution to the growing literature on coalition politics. Indeed, it is the best empirical study ever written on multiracial collaboration to address social... (read more)

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Living Poor
Living Poor
by Moritz Thomsen
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At the age of 48, Moritz Thomsen sold his pig farm and joined the Peace Corps. As he tells the story, his awareness of the comic elements in the human situation -- including his own -- and his ability to convey it in fast-moving, earthy prose have made... (read more)

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Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson: A Psychohistorical Memoir
Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson: A Psychohistorical Memoir
by S Brian Willson
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After serving in the Vietnam War, S. Brian Willson became a radical, nonviolent peace protester and pacifist, and this memoir details the drastic governmental and social change he has spent his life fighting for. Chronicling his personal struggle with a... (read more)

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Occupy Nation (12 Edition)
Occupy Nation (12 Edition)
by Todd Gitlin
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Occupy Wall Street is the most dynamic phenomenon in progressive politics in more than forty years. Its followers across the country transformed the national debate, galvanizing millions with its clarion call for economic justice: "We are the 99 percent."... (read more)

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The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements
The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements
by James Jasper
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In The Art of Moral Protest, James Jasper integrates diverse examples of protest—from nineteenth-century boycotts to recent movements—into a distinctive new understanding of how social movements work. Jasper highlights their... (read more)

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Better, Not Bigger: How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community
Better, Not Bigger: How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community
by Eben V Fodor
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Eben Fodor has a background in renewable energy, specializing in high efficiency passive solar heating systems and solar-heated saunas. His professional work is as a community planning consultant based in Eugene... (read more)

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Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement under Siege
Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement under Siege
by Will Potter
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At a time when everyone is going green, most people are unaware that the FBI is using anti-terrorism resources to target environmentalists. Here is a guided tour into an underground world of radical activism and an introduction to the shadowy figures... (read more)

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This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement
This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement
by Yes Magazine
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We Are the 99% The Occupy Wall Street movement named the core issue of our time: the overwhelming power of Wall Street and large corporations— something the political establishment and most media have long ignored. But the movement goes far beyond... (read more)

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Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community
Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community
by Thomas Linzey
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Inspired by five true case studies of communities who were tired of corporate political power entitlements running roughshod over their townships, Be the Change offers solutions for how individuals can stand up and take back their local governments.... (read more)

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Reveille for Radicals
Reveille for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
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Legendary community organizer Saul Alinsky inspired a generation of activists and politicians with Reveille for Radicals, the original handbook for social change. Alinsky writes both practically and philosophically, never wavering from his belief that... (read more)

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