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Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky: His Life and Legacy Paperback – March 31, 1992
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Chicago-born social activist Saul Alinsky's sharp criticism of what he saw as shortcomings in the civil rights movement and the federal war on poverty make this book timely. Photos.
Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Obama never gives details of his community organizing, but this book tells what he would have been doing for his several years in the 1980's in Chicago: teaching people how to boycott, protest and threaten the economically and politically powerful in order to get what they want.
It is a unique training, to say the least, for a Presidential candidate.
First, as a scientific piece of work, the biography is excellent. It is based on an enormous research, tens, maybe hundred of interviews, documents and historical evidence from the 1900s to 1970s. Every single claim in the book is backed by a reference to a document or interview. Sanford Horwitt also put great efforts to organize the variety of facts and events, which is extremely difficult, as Alinsky worked on several tracks in different places with different approaches. The personal and public life of Alinsky are also well combined in the book. In the end, the book follows a general chronological line, but the big chunks of Alinsky's experience are selected and collected quite well. The book is written with a visible positive attitude to Alinsky's cause. Nonetheless, it is very sincere, and does not omit the myriad weaknesses or failures of Alinsky. Especially for the professional reader (organizer, sociologist, psychologist, etc.), it is very informative about the details and real facts about working with people. So, in this sense, I recommend it to people interested in history, social sciences or the Humanity Sector.
Second, why read the book, for immediate practical reasons? Well, here's why. Alinsky is valuable as a rare example of a non-socialist left visionary and practitioner. (He is NOT a socialist, my dear Neo-McCarthyists). He is not a socialist in a very important sense. He embraced the competitive, every-man-for-himself democracy in USA, and he worked with underprivileged groups exploiting the strengths and weaknesses of US democracy "as it is".Read more ›
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Lots of little known facts of the period. Good read and good conditionPublished on January 4, 2015 by Jack Walker
I approached this book having read Rules for Radicals two or three times over the past 15 years. What I knew of Alinsky, I knew from that book or from the fear and loathing he... Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Hike Mogan
Saul Alinsky was a very complex person, absolutely dedicated to to justice and compassion for everyone, especially those who were in a position to be taken advantage of. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Hildegard
Reading the forward from the author accurately indicates that this book is more hagiography than biography. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Erehwon
Let Them Call Me Rebel is a well-researched, although uncritical, biography of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky. Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by John S. Adams
What more can be said...the progenitor of the ACORN "movement" and the foundational thought behind American socialism with a view toward equality between the workers and those who... Read morePublished on June 20, 2009 by M. Williams
Although I am only about one hundred pages into this book, it has been both and easy and interesting read so far. Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by Terenzu 4 America