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Reveille for Radicals Paperback – October 23, 1989
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Overall, I thought this book was great to impassion a reader new to the subject, yet as a guidebook for a new "radical", I thought his later (and less impassioned, though more passionate than 99% of other books) "Rules for Radicals" was much more clear minded. As he writes in the later book, much of Reveille was written during his time in prison, which shows.
Personally, I recommend reading Rules first, and then proceeding to Reveille. The reader will benefit from his clear minded analysis in Rules, to then better understand his arguments and passion in Reveille.
This book is the precursor to " Rules For Radicals". You don't need to buy both ( as I did) . Rules For Radicals ( written years later) is basically the better version of Reveille for Radicals.
I have huge respect for Saul Alinsky not only for his body of work, but also for his prowess as a writer. His prose feels like they are crackling every page. He had a solid grip on how human minds worked and could put them down on his page beautifully. On the side note, reading his books ironically helped me re-assess my political stance, to be in more middle lane. I was a staunch liberal years ago, forming my opinions based on the color of my flag. Now I understand that everyone, poor or rich, is moved by self-interest. This is neither good nor bad; just the way it is. Saul Alinsky knew that, and articulated it to himself honestly. But that's part of being objective, and another leap towards more power for his cause.
Regardless of where you stand politically, this is a solid book on strategies and power.
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Very insightful into what the other side thinks and makes it very easy to point out their inconsistencies.
But don't pay money for this garbage.
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Shocking that this is happening to our country.....thought provoking and upsetting.Published 9 months ago by Gisele M