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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520269241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520269248
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A stirring coda to one of the greatest chapters in the history of US radicalism.”
(Bill V. Mullen American Book Review 2011-11-01)

“There are lessons here for activists that make this slim volume a handbook for personal, and therefore, social transformation.”
(Larry Gabriel Yes! Mag 2012-04-01)

“A radical start-up kit for combatting neoliberal capitalism.”
(Bill V. Mullen American Book Review 2011-12-01)

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"Reading Grace Lee Boggs helps you glimpse a United States that is better and more beautiful than you thought it was. As she analyzes some of the inspiring theories and practices that have emerged from the struggles for equality and freedom in Detroit and beyond, she also shows us that in this country, a future revolution is not only necessary but possible."

—Michael Hardt, co-author of Commonwealth



"This groundbreaking book not only represents the best of Grace Lee Boggs, but the best of any radical, visionary thinking in the United States. She reminds us why revolution is not only possible and necessary, but in some places already in the making. The conditions we face under neoliberalism and war do, indeed, mark the end of an era in which the old ideological positions of protest are not really relevant or effective—and this book offers a new way forward."—Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination



“Grace Boggs has long been a major voice of hope and action for transformation of the United States and the world. Here is her testimony of hope and program for action. It must be taken seriously.”

—Immanuel Wallerstein, author of Utopistics: or, Historical Choices of the Twenty-first Century



"One of the most accomplished radicals of our time, the Detroit-based visionary Grace Lee Boggs has become one of our most influential and inspiring public intellectuals. The Next American Revolution is her powerful reflection on a lifetime of urban revolutionary work, an ode to the courage and brilliance of her late partner James Boggs, and a plain-spoken call for us to address the troubled times we face with a sense of history, a strong set of values, and an unwavering faith in our own creative, restorative powers."

—Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop




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Anyone that is concerned about the problems in our society should read this book.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rich Feldman on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you are watching or participating in the events in Wisconsin, NJ, Ohio or Michigan, this book will challenge you to think about becoming a leader rather than a cheerleader. In the book, The Next American Revolution:Sustainable Activism in the 21 Century, Grace Lee Boggs and Scott Kurashige help us move from defensive protest thinking to the work of creating a cultural revolution and to creating parallel structures for an American Dream of the 21 Century. [...]
Too many on the left and among progressive forces are on the defensive. Fighting Back is not enough...This short book will become a foundation for thinking to guide movements in the 21 Century. Grace develops theory from practice and puts forward a vision to transform ourselves and our society. What can we learn from Martin and Malcom? These are the times to grow our souls? What can we learn from the crisis and pioneering practice in Detroit? What does a paradigm shift in education mean for our children and our communities? Grace and Scott end with a chapter entitled: "We are the Leaders we've been looking for! [...]
This book is the basis for study circles in our unions, churches, community organizations, family circles and in our highschools and our colleges. In times of movement and great change, we need to think as well as act. This book unites thinking, reflection and doing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Lindsay on March 1, 2014
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A really great book. Think all our country's problems will be solved in the next election. ( or the one after that)? It's not going to happen. Change can only come from the bottom up, not the top down. Anyone that is concerned about the problems in our society should read this book. I got this book on Kindle and then purchased it in print too, so I could mark it with my yellow highlighter and keep it by my bedside to refer to over and over again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hollypenyo on June 25, 2012
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this came to me in great condition. it's an awesome read too. i highly recommend reading this book if you are interested in social justice work/solutions.
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I will name an object after this woman one day. Cant say I agree with everything she says, but I like her direction, passion, and sharp wit. Thanks for writing this book.
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This is not a how to or DIY book on sustainable community activistism in the shadows of Urban decay caused by Economic Globalization but a personal account of sustainable community activistm in Detroit. Boggs argues that public education is geared only to serve as college-unversity filters and feeders and with college AND because university education out of the reach for many of the city's poor the drop out in record numbers.Boggs argues that political agents are dynamic entities like MLK Malcolm X had to adapt to a dynamic socio-economic-political environment. Sustainable community activism must get the community involve in a major way and to get them interested activitism must look to address concrete needs in that communities and provide a definable service or product to be justifiable. Boggs looks a partnering with others to achieve this. Food Security
and Conflict dispute are two such community needs Boggs sees as needed. Boggs is not a Game Theorist or a Military General but she sees the heart of the problem and she knows a leader must win the hearts of his people before he can effectively lead them.
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By Lindy on September 13, 2013
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Avery thoughtful and clear minded writer, with much insight as to conditions at the time, and possible future results and ways to improve.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Roberson on February 25, 2013
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This book is a passionate account of the way in which society must face the challenges of industrial society and begin to rethink what community and society looks like in the coming age.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurin Mayeno on November 23, 2012
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Highly recommend for anyone who wants to work for a more just society. Her insights are refreshing for many of us who have been activists and are looking for a visionary approach.
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