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  • Mass Market Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Time (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603209417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603209410
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 10, 2012
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TIME magazine notes in its Foreword to this 2011 book, "In this new book... we bring you stories on the political effects of the movement, the key moments of its early days and its global resonance. We also present a forum of prominent voices, both supportive and critical of the movement."

The first essay notes that in this new decade of economic and political peril, "the street protesters set the agenda. Spontaneous activism, organized through social media, had toppled Arab dictatorships and rattled advanced democracies." (Pg. 7) Celebrities such as Jay-Z, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and Cornel West had made "pilgrimages" to the sites of the protest (pg. 6).

One essay discusses the origins of the movement: e.g., an editor at the anticonsumerist magazine "Adbusters" coined the name "Occupy Wall Street"; an anarchist activist named David Graeber created the "We Are the 99%" slogan, and formed a less wordy and formal group as an offshoot of an August 2011 protest (Pg. 35).

They note that violence broke out between police and protesters in Oakland, resulting in more than 100 people being arrested and dozens of businesses being damaged. One of the protesters blamed anarchists for the violence, saying, "They're taking advantage of our numbers and leeching off our movement. These people have no values." (Pg. 22-23)

Naomi Klein is quoted as saying, "I'm delighted that Occupy Wall Street hasn't given in to the hectoring for a list of 'demands.' This is a young movement still in the process of determining just how powerful it is..." (Pg. 53) But another essayist summarizes the grievances: "Millions of us can't find jobs, and millions more are taking any low-wage, part-time, no-benefits job we can get just to make ends meet.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonis on May 23, 2012
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This is a nice little book that is concerned with the Occupy movement, and in particular Occupy Wall Street and the movement in the U.S.A. It is written mostly by a number of TIME journalists and not by participants of the Occupy movement, and one should have that in mind when reading the book. It offers by no means a complete account of Occupy, but it is a nice addition to the growing literature surrounding it.

The authors discuss the causes that let to such a large global protest movement to emerge, its development, and its possible future. A nice addition is a chapter that includes quotes from various responses to the Occupy movement, ranging from celebrities such as 50 Cent, to political figures and activists such as Barack Obama and Slavoj Zizek.

Overall, this book is a nice addition to anyone's library. However, be aware that it hardly shows a full picture of a movement that is still being shaped, and that it is written by a magazine which certainly has its own political bias.
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