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The Trouble Is the Banks: Letters to Wall Street (N+1 Research Branch Small Books) Paperback – November 13, 2012
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“Insight into the way different Americans experienced the financial crisis and recession since 2007.” ―The New York Times
“It's a fantastic book, and well worth reading, mostly because it shows the potential power of Occupy's new approach . . . Most upper-level bank executives have learned, by now, to tune out yelling and sign-waving protesters outside their windows . . . But a polite, eloquent letter personally addressed to them and sent to their office? That's much harder to ignore. It's not impossible to imagine a copy of this book slipping past an administrative assistant onto a CEO's desk, being leafed through during a slow night at the office, and sparking a few minutes' worth of serious self-reflection.” ―Daily Intel, New York Magazine
“A year ago this week, the original Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park was evicted. The camps served as a focal point for a vibrant protest movement that shook up the country, but they galvanized the anger and fear of working people around the country, struggling to make it through the Great Recession. The mainstream press often did its best to portray the movement as simply a bunch of unwashed kids without a message, without demands. Yet if one ever doubted that the movement's message got through, the collection of letters in The Trouble is the Banks, from Occupy the Boardroom and n+1 serves as proof.” ―Sarah Jaffe, Firedoglake.com
About the Author
Mark Greif is a cofounder and coeditor of n+1 and teaches at the New School. Dayna Tortorici is an associate editor of n+1. Kathleen French is a fiction writer who studied English at Harvard. She is originally from Dallas, Texas. Emma Janaskie is a writer living in Providence. Nick Werle studies financial economics and white-collar crime in Brooklyn. Occupy the Boardroom is a website created by volunteers from community and labor organizations as well as the Occupy movement that allows everyday Americans to send personal e-mails to the nation's top bank and corporate executives. n+1 is a magazine of literature, culture, and politics that is published three times per year.