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40 DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD: From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Everywhere [Kindle Edition]

Greg Mitchell
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It started with a single e-mail blast, then a Twitter hash tag, but now it is the leading political and social movement in the United States: Occupy Wall Street. Occupy camps have now formed at hundreds of sites – from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine—and around the world. Now, in the acclaimed first book about the movement, Greg Mitchell charts “40 Days That Shook the World: From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Everywhere.”


For many weeks, Mitchell, author of a dozen previous books, has written the popular OccupyUSA live-blog at The Nation magazine’s site. No one has followed the movement this closely on an hour-by-hour basis. Now, in the new book, he presents a “living” history, a day-by-day chronology of the movement starting on October 1, 2011, and now updated to late-November. Available only as an e-book, it's already been featured on MSNBC, NPR and "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann, and hailed elsewhere.


Mitchell calls it a living history because it contains more than a thousand clickable links to most of the key documents, articles, videos, and speeches that have emerged since the early weeks of the movement.


It’s a book to be read, but also used as a research tool – now, or in years ahead, by activists, journalists and historians alike. And it can be downloaded for most electronic devices: Kindles, phones, iPad, Blackberry, Macs and PCs.


Fifty cents of every purchase will go directly to Occupy Wall Street, with the aim of helping to feed and shelter campers.


Mitchell is the author of such acclaimed books as “The Campaign of the Century” (winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize), “So Wrong for So Long” and, with Robert Jay Lifton, “Hiroshima in America.” His most recent books are “Atomic Cover-Up,” “The Age of WikiLeaks” and “Bradley Manning.” He is the former editor of Editor & Publisher magazine.


After kicking off with a preface, and three key “founding documents” for the Occupy movement, “40 Days That Shook the World” introduces its detailed chronology, with countless embedded links. Along the way, it offers a feel for the national movement, from a General Assembly in Tampa .to a General Strike in Oakland. We are there for all of the major showdowns and arrests: in Boston, in Chicago, in Dallas and Tucson -- and the amazing show of resistance that led police to postpone evictions in New York and Portland before their final raids. Now it's been updated to cover events up to November 29.


The cast of characters, besides the hundreds of thousands of anonymous activists, includes this range of well-known figures: Michael Moore, Tom Morello, Naomi Klein, the Hipster Cop, Chris Hedges, Amy Goodman, Scott Olsen, the mysterious but omnipresent Mike Chec, and on and on. But it’s the everyday Occupyers who are the true stars – and “leaders.”


It's a book for today--and for posterity.



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  • File Size: 225 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Sinclair Books (November 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067910BG
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 Days that changed the course of history!` November 14, 2011
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I have been following Greg Mitchell's OWS blog since the very beginning. I check first thing in the morning to see what has taken place overnight and it is the last thing I look at before going to bed. This version adds new material that adds depth and interest to the story. And since part of the $3 is going to OWS, what a deal. I heartily recommend reading how a few people with persistence and grace, have changed the course of history.
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This book provides a great time line of the Occupy Wall Street phenomena (for lack of a better word) spreading across the world. I've been following Greg Mitchell's blog as a pithy, always current distillation of what is going on at #OWS. He's got a sense of history, politics, and, thank god, humor. He's a wonderful guide to this movement for those of us that are primarily spectators due to circumstance.

This book is simply a daily summary of each of the most interesting events related to the protests. It is written in a very personal style in which you get a sense a somewhat weathered, been-there, canny uncle is taking you through the day's OWS events.

Unfortunately missing are the photos that accompany his blog, but there are hyperlinks that allow you to click into the photos, as well as other relevant articles.

I see this book as a great reference source for researchers in the future. It is not a narrative or a comprehensive analysis of the movement, simply each day's listings of events. It's kinda too early for the former -- these are indeed the early days of OWS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great content! Anyone who has kids should read this! October 26, 2012
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Greg Mitchell has been one of my favorite authors for years. I am not of the same political affiliation as Greg but the brilliance of his writings really helps balance the politics of people like me. He gives you hard hitting theories backed up by facts in his books. Many on the left and many on the right have misunderstood the OWS movement. As a parent of three 20 something year old kids, I see the struggles first hand. Yes my right wing friends, there were some troublemakers at many of the rallies. But only a few. And my left wing friends, there are some 26 year-olds that bust there butts working 14-16 hour days on Wall Street and are rewarded but not like their bosses. Greg gives you almost hourly updates of what he saw. The power of social media is touched upon. Whatever you may feel about these kids, it is still tough paying back school loans without a job. Greg Mitchell's witness to the OWS movement gives a first hand account of what went on. Great reading and highly recommended!
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