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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonis on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
While there are a lot of books concerned with Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement, this one seems to stand out from most of the others.

This is because unlike other books on the subject, which are written by intellectuals or journalists, Occupying Wall Street was written by people who actively participated in the Occupy Movement during the period that the book discusses (from the begging of the protests until the eviction of Zuccotti park). In addition, this book is a long unified narrative, in contrast to other books that are a collection of articles on the subject. And while articles written by intellectuals project their expectations, while those written by journalists often express a specific agenda, the authors of Occupying Wall Street seem to be mostly concerned with describing the first few months of Occupy Wall Street rather than promoting their own believes or agendas.

The book discusses subjects which few other books address. The authors discuss among other things, how General Assemblies work, the reaction of labor unions and student unions towards Occupy Wall Street, the People of Color initiative that exists within the movement, the art forms that were created in Zuccotti park during the occupation and the everyday life in the square. Various important moments in the history of Occupy Wall Street, such as the Brooklyn Bridge incident, or the eviction, are also discussed in some detail. The book also includes a map of Zuccotti park as it was set up during the occupation.

I strongly suggest this book for those interested in the Occupy Movement or the various protests that are taking place throughout the world. This is a wonderful piece of first-hand account history and will undoubtedly turn out as a useful source for those interested in the subject.
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3 of 4 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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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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