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99 Nights with the 99 Percent: Dispatches from the First Three Months of the Occupy Revolution Paperback – March 27, 2012
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About the Author
Since then he has continued his renowned music writing, in the past two years has become known nationally for his unique, unflinching work as a political and investigative journalist. His cover story features - ranging from profiles of drug dealers and entrepreneurs to exposés on abuses in state correctional facilities - appear in the Phoenix on a weekly basis. He has received multiple accolades and awards since 2009 from the Association of Alternative News Media (AAN) and the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) for his investigative and news reporting. He is the founder of Write To Power Books (WriteToPower.net) and resides in Boston's hyper-progressive Jamaica Plain neighborhood, where it's nearly impossible to walk into a bar without running into a gaggle of Occupiers.
Top Customer Reviews
He admits, "It took hundreds of conversations with Occupiers ... before I finally realized what's behind that mentality of Occupy adversaries. They're actually correct about one thing---Occupiers, along with anybody else who's cheering for change, really do have an ideal vision for how things should be." (Pg. 18-19)
He notes, "this group has its weaknesses... (the) biggest problem appears to be finding consensus among its small but philosophically contentious gang of intellectuals and egomaniacs. Meetings often become mired in bickering over processes, while the passive-aggresive tone that dominates (General Assemblies) could rival anything you've seen on 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'..." (Pg. 57-58)
He observes that "this time Occupiers---joined on the front lines by hostile Ron Paul supporters---offered the closest thing to a significant third party presence that New Hampshire's ever seen." (Pg. 197) However, later he adds that these are "two factions that, while there's some common ground between them, are beginning to really loathe each other..." (Pg. 200)
This is a highly interesting "semi-outsider's" perspective on the early Occupy movement, and will be of considerable interest to anyone interested in progressive politics.
As a person of color (POC) I have been hesitant to really get involved, and this book helped show what moves they have made to invite people from my hood into their fold.
I think this is a great place to learn about the movement from the perspective of the generation most represented by the media and I think this will be considered one of the more important writings on the Occupy movement.
Faraone also included 2 chapters dedicated to Occupy The Hood. One chapter focusing on Occupy The Hood Boston and another on Occupy The Hood Chicago. As one of the organizers of Occupy The Hood Boston, my only critique is that due to space constraints I'm sure, the book was not able to go as in depth into the Occupy The Hood movement and our very unique experiences, our organizational efforts and the racism that we experienced while attempting to work with Occupy. This could be a book in and of itself and may make for a separate effort.
All in all, this book is thoughtful and well-written, with all the humor, sarcasm and keen insight that Faraone is increasingly known for. Chris has a unique fly on the wall, chameleon like ability to traverse multiple scenes and interact with a variety of people in a down to earth manner with a common man approach which translates to pulling out some great stories that would have otherwise gone untold. Faraone is truly a modern day scribe and manages to capture the essence of writing and allows readers to see through his eyes, even if they are bloodshot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm in this book as the "woman from Hartford with an Occupy sign." :-)Published 13 months ago by Rebecca Burton
if he only knew the origins of the Wall Street disaster then this book would makes sense. but unfortunately he blames the bankers instead of the government, regulations, and... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by incognito911
The Occupy movement was undoubtedly one of the biggest national news stories of 2012. It was also one of the most misunderstood, which is likely what led many to dismiss it as a... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by dave ize
As a professor of journalism, I have made it clear to all my students that this book must be read by anyone who has the slightest curiosity about the Occupy movement. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Beach Walker