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October 1, 2011: The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Will Bunch
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Book Description

On the rain-soaked morning of October 1, 2011, the couple hundred protesters camping out in a concrete park in Lower Manhattan and calling themselves Occupy Wall Street were a ragtag army of young revolutionary dreamers, whose declared war against corporate greed and appalling income inequality was mostly ignored by the media and struggling to get any traction with America’s battered middle class. By nightfall, the Occupy Wall Street movement had captured the national imagination – exploding onto the front page and sparking a wave of protest in all 50 states. This is the remarkable story of the tense few hours that changed everything: “October 1, 2011: The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge.” In this instant history, you’ll see the dramatic showdown between marchers and a wall of New York Police Department officers, resulting in 700 arrests, through the eyes of the everyday Americans who lived it – an idealistic and daring college radical, a salty-tongued retired Vietnam-era lawyer on a quest for social justice, the shy theatrical props manager taking part in his first protest, and many more. “October 1, 2011” goes behind the headlines to show a miscalculating NYPD struggling to protect the status quo, to reveal the improbable sparks touching off a new American revolution, and to relive the life-altering choices faced by average citizens trapped inside a police “kettle” as a damp darkness descended on the Brooklyn Bridge. But most importantly, it recasts the Occupy Wall Street movement as a struggle over something even more fundamental than economic injustice: A yearning by ignored and unheard Americans to simply reclaim the public square – the battle that came to a head on a Saturday afternoon high atop the most famous bridge in the world.
Will Bunch is senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News – where he writes the popular political blog Attytood – and a senior fellow with Media Matters for America. He shared the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting in 1992 when he was at New York Newsday. His books include The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama, and Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan Legacy. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, American Prospect, American Journalism Review, and elsewhere. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his family.

Editorial Reviews Review

To those among us who get their news via mainstream channels--television, newspapers, public radio--the "battle of the Brooklyn Bridge" may have come as a shock. The movement called Occupy Wall Street had received precious little media attention until Saturday, October 1, 2011, when an idea that arose at Adbusters--a semi-obscure, anti-capitalist magazine based in Vancouver, BC--galvanized hundreds of New York City protesters, who then attempted nothing more than to march across one of the most hallowed symbols of accomplishment in the United States. On the bridge itself, police arrested more than 700 protesters, as is now well known, and thanks to viral videos, the whole world was watching. In The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge, Will Bunch captures the spirit of the day from the sympathetic viewpoint of those who claim that "We are the 99%." And how. His extended essay--part reportage, part oral history--nails the screaming immediacy of the events with the eloquence of scholar and the pace of a straightforward thriller. As of its publication date, the long-term import of this event has yet to play out, but Bunch's gripping narrative of the day's events will provide a lasting testament to those who were there, and an eye-opening call to attention for the rest of us. --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 138 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y27VLU
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge October 23, 2011
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I was very pleased to see something about Occupy Wall St. show up as a Single especially the events that took place on the Brooklyn Bridge. This Single is very short and to the point. There is a short history on how the movement came about and the events that transpired on October 1st including before the march began, what happen on the bridge, and after the arrests. You hear these coming from several different participants with different demographics. You hear from people who were located near the front, middle, and rear of the march. People who were mostly there to observe, those who were believers in the movement, and those who were unsure about involvement. You also hear experiences of those arrested and held by police. Overall it was very interesting and having different accounts helps shed light on the events. I did notice a couple of grammatical errors.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally: A Serious Report on Occupy Wall Street October 27, 2011
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The "reporting" that the corporate media has done on Occupy Wall Street has, with a few exceptions, fallen into one of two categories, lazy journalism or outright propaganda.

Will Bunch is one of those "few exceptions." Even though his article is unabashedbly in favor of the Occupy Wall Street movement, he actually takes the time to talk to the people involved, give a detailed account of the march to the Brooklyn Bridge, and try to place the event in some kind of context. Whether you're a supporter or a critic, you will come away having learned something.

Well worth the 99 cents.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about the people. November 3, 2011
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Occupy Wall Street is all over the news. The media has had a field day, dissecting it, trying to direct it, and trying to discourage it. Will Bunch wrote a book, not about the movement, but about the people. Not about their journey, per se, but about a moment in time. I throughly enjoyed reading about the different perspectives of people coming together one day for an event that would inspire the world. Attaching names and faces, and reasons, to the Brooklyn Bridge incident was what drove the story for me. The single keeps this event relevant by connecting it to past events. As someone who doesn't have a whole lot of money, I am still glad I invested my dollar into this single. If you're interested in people, current events, or historical perspectives, I feel you will enjoy this single as well.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It feels as if you're there October 31, 2011
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I always enjoy Will Bunch's thorough reporting ("The Backlash" is probably the best book on the Tea Party to date). He's is one of those reporters whose attention to detail draws you in and makes you feel as if you're there. And the moment when the NYPD kettled Occupy Wall Street protesters on the Brooklyn is a historical tipping points, when the nation woke from a Kardashian-induced stupor to say, "Wait! You're arresting those people for WHAT?"

It's a cinematic piece, capturing a wide range of characters who were part of the day's events, and thanks to Kindle, I don't have to wait two whole months until Vanity Fair gets around to running an article. Very satisfying to get such timely writing, so quickly. I only wish it could be expanded into a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it.. July 4, 2014
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History. Very well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The battle is never over. December 2, 2013
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Living in Australia and having visited USA recently I could visualise the feelings among this crowd and their need for something to vent their anger on.
Of course the NYPD would always be watching and preventing them getting too far out of hand but the attempt to take the Brooklyn Bridge was a new approach ant they did create a nuisance but we're never going to win.
Another well written short story.
I will be getting more of these.
Mike Swift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about Brooklyn November 25, 2013
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Being born and raised in Brooklyn, I enjoyed this book. Brought back fond memories of the good old days. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet March 25, 2013
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Short and sweet but is easy informative reading that we should all be aware of what's going on in this crazy world.
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Published 5 months ago by George Dauda
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I did enjoy this book very much. Hadn't really paid too much attention to what happened at the time, so it was so interesting to me.I am glad I read it and would recommend.
Published on February 18, 2013 by Beverly Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars "I STILL CLAIM IT AS MY OWN!
Will Bunch's essay, 'October 1, 2011: The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge' is worth the $1.99 I paid Amazon for it, but not much more. Read more
Published on November 15, 2012 by George E. Dawson
1.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about Bunch.....
is his "home in the Philadelphia suburbs." Anyone got an idea of which town and how white and posh it may be? Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by stevenj2
5.0 out of 5 stars Courage and Dedication for the 99 Percenters
When Occupy Wall Street started, I became aware of their efforts via Twitter and watched live-feed videos taken by the protestors themselves. Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by Nancy of Utah
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly FALSE
As someone that was there in observance I have to say that this is almost all false. The cops went out of their way to avoid any kind of disturbance while trying to clear the... Read more
Published on December 15, 2011 by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Get somone on the city council or own they're office
like jack abramoff did and make them your puppet for the people......and get all lobbyists banned from city hall and gracie mansion...
Published on November 7, 2011 by sammy
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbalanced Drivel
No book is required to be balanced but this book displays an ignorance previously reserved for the illiterate. Don't buy it.
Published on November 6, 2011 by GDMF
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