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"I'm awfully glad these writers were taking notes and recording this history as it happened—OWS is one of the most important developments in this country in many a year, and we need to understand how it happened and where it might go. This volume goes a long way toward filling that need!" —Bill McKibben

"An essential and galvanizing on-the-ground account of how oxygen suddenly and miraculously flooded back into the American brain." —Jonathan Lethem

"The last thirty years belonged to Wall Street. If Occupy gets it right, the next thirty should belong to us. This indispensable book is the first chapter in the story about the long revolution to come." —Andrew Ross

“The emphasis will be on everyday details of the occupation—a recreation of texture, in all its unfiltered smells and brain-bursting sounds.” —The Daily Beast

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Writers for the 99% is a group of writers and researchers, active in supporting Occupy Wall Street, who came together to create this book. A list of all those contributing will appear at the back of the book.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160846251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608462513
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suasponte on April 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've checked out a few of the other OWS books. This stands out because it is a seamless, insiders account, of the most momentous occasions of the initial months of the movement. I highly recommend this fantastic book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 9, 2012
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The Introduction to this 2011 book states, "This book is an account of the first months of the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS). It is the result of a collaborative process that began a month after OWS had its first official action on September 17, 2011... dozens of interviews were conducted with a diverse range of people in and around the occupation. It is on this basis that we call this the 'inside story' of the action."

On October 1, 2011, the book records that "as marchers swarmed the roadway, chanting, 'We are the 99 percent!' 'Banks got bailed out! We got sold out!' and 'Whose bridge? Our bridge!' the police quickly regrouped and established a barricade using the increasingly ubiquitous orange mesh fence." (Pg. 36)

They note, "four days earlier, he had suggested to an interviewer from CNN Money that those who criticized the movement for lacking demands were missing the point---OWS was seeking a conversation about the current state of the country, not presenting a finite list of goals. 'Making a list of three or four demands,' he asserted, 'would have ended the conversation before it began.'" (Pg. 81)

Once, when police were evicting some protesters, some of them "called on the police to join them: 'They're stealing your pensions too!' some shouted. But within a matter of minutes police had reclaimed Broadway." (Pg. 182-183)

This is an excellent book, that really gives a "feel" for what participation in the original phases of the OWS movement was like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annec on April 1, 2014
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Having the original 'Voices From the 99 Percent' autographed and (as being edited) by Lenny Flank, I find this book to be very accurate. The question is, "what do we have for a future?" We live with headline after headline capturing attention, for the moment, but as we may realize, little changes. Sited from page 78:, from the book 'A Promise to Methuselah' Wesley Clark recounted conversations that The Secretary of Defence has outlined the distruction of seven countries. The seven countries are Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Libia, Sudan and Iran.
The political muse continues:

"The budget should be balanced,
The treasury should be filled,
Public debt should be reduced,
And assistance to foreign lands
Should be curtailed,
Least Rome become bankrupt.
People must again learn to work,
Instead of living on public assistance."
Cicero 55 B.C.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uptown Philosopher on February 24, 2013
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This book casts aside the distortions of the mainstream media's portrayal of Occupy Wall Street and tells the story---from the perspective of participants---of what it meant in its heyday. OWS rapidly spread across the country and marked a watershed moment in the re-emergence of mass struggle and radical politics. It quickly captured the sympathy of the majority of the population and thousands of occupations popped up all over the country in protest of a political and economic system dominated by the 1%.

Now that we're a few years out, we need to collectively assess this experience so that, the next time mass struggles erupt, we will have digested the lessons learned from our successes and failures in Fall 2011. This book is a key contribution to that ongoing process.
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