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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Leopold Pr Inc (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966062914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966062915
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,777,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read slowly and carefully John Rensenbrink's observations, thoughts, and urgings until you reach the frontiers of your own imaginations and energies and head into them confidently toward what Abraham Lincoln called a "new birth of freedom" for a just and self-renewing society. (Ralph Nader) From the beginning, this country's Green politics has been wisely and effectively influenced by active thinker and thoughtful activist John Rensenbrink. This book is a trail guide to a more democratic, and more ecologically sound America. (Sam Smith, Progressive Review) John Rensenbrink has surpassed himself. No caring citizen-activist should neglect this account...of American democracy on the eve of a new millennium. (Betty Zisk, Professor, Department of Political Science, Boston University) John Rensenbrink chronicles the practice of democratic politics, warts and all, leaving us with a sense of hope rather than despair. (Stephen Viederman, President, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation) A cogent argument for a new, revolutionary green politics by a wise and passionate scholor-activist. (Phil Shabecoff, Author of A New Name for Peace, International Environmentalism, Sustainable Development and Democracy, and former environmental writer for the New York Times) A unique look at an independent political party being born. Rensenbrink captures the realpolitik and hard labor that accompanies Greens creating a new politics in contemporary America. Against All Odds is hopeful, exasperating, and ultimately liberating. (Steven Schmidt, Co-Chair Green National Platform Committee and Member, Writers Guild of America)

About the Author

John Rensenbrink was born in 1928 on a dairy farm in the upper mid-west. At the age of 14, after his father died, he and his older brother ran the farm. At the sametime John received his highschool deploma through a correspondence course.

He received his BA from Calvin College in 1950, his MA from the University of Michigan in 1951, and his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1956.

He taught in the Political Science Department at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine from 1961 to 1993, with several years off to work in Africa and Poland.

John was the principle founder of the Maine Green Party (1st Green Party in the US) and is a leader in the national Green Party movement.

John currently lives in Topsham, Maine with his wife Carla.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Book Review Against All Odds John Rensenbrink Raymond, ME Leopold Press, Inc. 1999 reviewed by Greg Gerritt First a note. John Rensenbrink, author of Against All Odds, is a close friend and colleague. I have worked with John on some of the campaigns mentioned in the book and I am mentioned in regard to the events in those campaigns. The American news media seem to be more interested in flash and pizzazz than any real analysis of political trends. A 10 second soundbite is much more common than in depth analysis, and a movement that grows slowly from many centers, rather than as a centralized movement that grows rapidly directed by Beltway politicos, may be completely off the radar screen, invisible to the American public who relies upon the mass media for information. Occasionally a journalist, writer, or dilettante will attempt to give us the scoop on a movement flying below the radar screen, but the odds of them presenting an accurate account, providing a complete explanation of the core values and the personalities of the movement, is exceedingly thin. The real scoop seems to only come when one of the leading activists of the movement commits themselves to paper. Therefore anyone interested in the Green Party in the United States, in the role of ecology in our society, in the development of political parties outside the Democratic and Republic parties, or politics in general should welcome the arrival of John Rensenbrink's second book on the Green Party "Against All Odds". John Rensenbrink has written a completely up to date book on where the Green Party is now, how it has gotten there over the last 15 years, and the core values that underlie everything the Greens do.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Colucci (cyrano@thethinker.com) on November 18, 1999
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This is one of the few books that actually goes beyond the ego of an author strutting his or her intellectual stuff, or plugging into archane debates with only a vague idea how those debates might somehow be useful. John provides fine intellectual tools and guidence, but also a basic factual history and a discussion of what it is like to be an activist, and what pitfalls/ opportunities there are to look for. His is the begginning of a discussion, hopefully a systematic one that builds througout the years, of how to be a grass roots activist. It is indeed not a job for amateurs - activism, done right, takes years to develop, and needs to be a healthy part of one's life to sustain that commitment. John starts that discussion - what are the common sorts of things that activists experience, stages they go through and ideas/views they have of themselves and the process along the way. Further, what choices have activists made that helped them, and what choices simply lead them down the road to dropping out. With this information, it becomes possible that more people might survive the reality of activism after the invigoration of idealism - something that provides the only hope for a truely grass roots movement and basis of power.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Atkeison on April 14, 2000
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This is a thoughtful book, full of ideas that challenge "conventional thinking." It offers tremendous insight into what is quickly becoming the US's Third party. (Candidate Nader is outpacing Reform's Buchanan in the latest Zogby poll 4/11/00.)
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James I. Farney on April 25, 2005
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I read this book a few years ago and have since learned who quite a number of the people mentioned in the book are. Many of the Greens Mr. Rensenbrink considered problematic were actually more faithful memebers of a true alternative party than Mr. Rensenbrink has turned out to be. Mr. Rensenbrink turned out to be one of the architects of denying Ralph Nader the Green Party nomination in 2004, which resulted in an intentially weak Green Party candidate that would be no challenge to John Kerry. As a result the Green Party is weak and barely a blip on the radar. What a shame for those that had great hopes for the Green Party and what a disservice to Ralph Nader who wrote the forward to this book. If the Green Party does recover it will have to be in spite of "Democrat" greens like Mr. Rensenbrink.
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4 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Pershing (pridenprej@aol.com) on June 26, 1999
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Thank you for the reference list of communists!
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