Customer Reviews


10 Reviews
5 star:
 (10)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and Important, October 9, 2011
By 
S. Roberts (Madison, WI USA) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
This compilation pulls from some of the best accounts - journalistic, personal, and from social media - of the events of the Wisconsin Union protests as they unfolded. The interspersing of Twitter posts from a variety of participants makes the essays and articles come to life, and captures the zeitgeist of this unprecedented popular uprising - the antecedent to other local and national social justice, equity and civil society movements such as that taking place presently in New York City. I am proud to have my story featured in John Nichols' article from the Nation that closes out the volume, but I would be remiss were I to not have this book close at hand, regardless of that inclusion.

On, Wisconsin!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A labor of love for the Wisconsin labor movement, August 29, 2011
By 
Bob Wake (Cambridge, Wisconsin) - See all my reviews
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
A sharply edited collection of essays on the 2011 protests that erupted in Madison, Wisconsin in response to Republican Governor Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill stripping public-employee unions of their collective bargaining rights. This is living history that's still being written: the recent flurry of August recall elections unseated two Republican state senators, and a Walker recall scheduled for next year has lost little steam. This essential book should do much to keep activists in Wisconsin and throughout the country focused and engaged for the myriad political battles ahead.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a worthwhile read, October 8, 2011
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
The book's format conveys the chaos and passion of the Wisconsin uprising, while adding some longer perspectives on what this means for organized labor globally.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Book, October 3, 2011
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
I don't usually read books about current events or politics, but this book was very accessible and interesting. It presents an array of different stories and perspectives, so it is more engaging than a typical monolithic opus by one author. I recommend this book highly.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, October 3, 2011
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
This book is a great gift: To your stepmother who loves her progressive youth, for your younger cousin who doesn't know what a union is yet, for your conservative uncle who can't quite understand why anyone would stand in the cold for anything besides his own interests. Whether for an internettter, a gen-xer, a baby boomer, or a tweeter this book is a great read.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting amalgam of genres, September 28, 2011
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
Tweets are integrated with blogs, speeches, phone conversations and longer analytical pieces, resulting in a portrayal of the Wisconsin protests that makes you think (and wish!) you had been there. Sagrans has integrated many voices, and her own incisive commentary and timeline lend coherence to a scene that was probably fairly chaotic. The international connections are intriguing, especially the Egyptians who showed support to the Madison protestors by ordering them pizza!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important glimpse in time, September 12, 2011
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
Erica Sagrans hit it out of the snowball field. A Wisconsin home run in 15 degree weather. Her wisely-selected bloggers, tweeters, journalists and letter writers offer detailed and thought-provoking views of Wisconsin's history-making protests. Varied voices provide a broader perspective to those of us who donned layers and walked the capitol grounds in a specific place and time. The book is not a textbook for protests but a colorful, informative look at specific actions uniting and energizing working people throughout the state in a few amazing weeks. It merits study and hopefully a sequel as the struggle to protect and restore vital human services, worker's rights and economic safety nets continues in Wisconsin and throughout the world.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing compilation!, October 2, 2011
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
Blog posts, newspaper articles, tweets, and more are all artfully crafted into an insightful timeline of the occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol. All the articles are great, but the way that they are put together brings a bigger story into focus. HIGHLY recommend this book!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Another view from Madison, January 5, 2013
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
An excellent composite of the Wisconsin Uprising from multiple angles from activists, everyday citizens, students, journalists, union members and elected officials.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A MARVELOUS COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS, ETC., ABOUT THE 2011 WORKER REVOLTS, April 4, 2012
By 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: We Are Wisconsin - The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen (Paperback)
The 2011 Wisconsin protests were about the opposition to the "Budget Repair Bill" that was proposed by Governor Scott Walker (who faces a recall election on June 5, 2012) that would reduce benefits and virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees---ostensibly to address a state budget shortfall. As many as 100,000 persons participated in the protests, which also led to recall elections that removed two incumbent Republican state senators from office in 2011.

Although this 2011 book contains essays by Noam Chomsky and filmmaker Michael Moore, it is primarily the thoughts and writings of participants in the events---often made while they were happening. (Dozens and dozens of "tweets" from Twitter are included, for example.)

The Introduction states, "This collection is a first draft of the story of the Wisconsin uprising... this anthology attempts to bridge the gap between the immediacy of Twitter and the permanence of academic study... (It) highlights a range of voices from the left, broadly-defined... This book is for people who were not there to hear the stories told in the Capitol rotunda... It is for progressives who don't think that the idea of unions or collective organizing matters for them... It is about people around the world who are standing up and saying 'no' to the budget cuts and austerity measures that use real or perceived crises to pull the rug out from under working people." (Pg. 21-23)

The Foreword notes that the people in Wisconsin were "offended by their governor's false premises," about a trumped-up "budget crisis" that he was using "to bust unions, attack local democracy, and slash funding for schools and public services." (Pg. 14) An essay notes proudly that "there hasn't been a single episode of serious conflict between protesters or with the police." (Pg. 49) A family farmer asserts that "It's a farmers' issue because public workers are our friends, and neighbors, and our family members, and we stand in solidarity with them!... an injury to one is an injury to all! Solidarity!" (Pg. 67)

Michael Moore begins his essay, "America is Not Broke," by stating that "The country is awash in wealth and cash. It's just not in your hands. It has been transfered, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich." (Pg. 78) He notes that after the 2008-2009 bailouts, "within three months they were writing each other huge bonus checks and marveling at how perfectly they had played a nation full of suckers. Millions lost their jobs anyway, and millions lost their homes." (Pg. 80)

Another essay states that Wisconsin "fired up people all over the country who had become disillusioned by Democrats' reluctance to stand up and fight for their principles," and was an example of "how progressives and elected officials could work together." (Pg. 118)

This book (along with It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest and Wisconsin Uprising) is an excellent addition to the documentation of this fascinating series of events.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

Details

Search these reviews only
Send us feedback How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you? Let us know here.