- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Nation Books; 1 edition (February 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568587031
- ISBN-13: 978-1568587035
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street 1st Edition
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An engrossing, informative take on the mass demonstrations that broke out in Wisconsin in early 2011 . [T]his book is well researched and full of keen insights about the state of organized labor and the power of protest . Nichols is a capable and energetic narrator with a reporter's knack for getting to the heart of the matter .Richly detailed and inspiringworth reading for anyone interested in organized labor, civil disobedience or the spirit of Wisconsin.”
"John Nichols recognized right away that the fight in Wisconsin was about a lot more than one state. It was the fight we had all been waiting for, the one where people say 'We have had it!' John didn't just tell us what was happening in Wisconsin. He told us that what was happening in Wisconsin could happen anywhere."
Rev. Jesse Jackson
I have such respect for the way John Nichols gets into a story, with his sense of history, his broad perspective and his passion for telling the stories of real people involved in real struggles. That's what he has brought to the story of the Wisconsin struggle, and of the renewal of labor and social justice movements in America.”
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This is a story of one of the largest series of political rallies in Madison that turned into one of the largest pro-labor rallies in U.S. history. Nichols' inspiring and empowering account of how alliances and voices of farmers, factory workers, environmentalists, teachers, among many others, can be powerful against the forces of corporate profit and institutional violence is a must-read for anyone interested in grass roots organizing, civil disobedience, and organized labor.
The author really drives home the point that a threat to democracy in one place is a threat to democracy in all places. This book outlines this struggle for democracy by a great mass of citizens, a struggle to eliminate the elected despotism which our founders had warned against. Nichols' impassioned language and journalistic style are bound to light the fire in readers who may not have had a strong opinion on this issue before.
Overall, the author concludes that in addition to electing better policy-makers, door-to-door community organizing, building mass movements of working-class people, and coalition building remain the best routes to changing the politics of the nation. Although the author's message is loud and clear, at times the book was hard to follow, especially for readers not well-versed in the history or politics of the Unites States. The organization and thematic structure of the book could use some improvement, as the reader gets bogged down with details that are drawn out over a multitude of pages, even though these details could be summed up in a few paragraphs.
My last criticism is that although the author makes it clear that he is not an unbiased observer, by writing this at the beginning of the book, some readers may not read any further, thinking that the author will provide a solely one-sided account of the Wisconsin happenings. In some ways this is exactly what he did, but when you are on his side, like me, this won't bother you.
In addition, Nichols relies heavily on his own re-interpretation of Madison and Jefferson, but completely misreads Madison's point in Federalist 10 (Madison warned of MAJORITY faction, not special interest faction), and even gets the date of Jefferson's death wrong (p. 28).
What Nichols has written is a repetitive pep talk, in which phrases like "but Walker forgot to ask the working people of Wisconsin" appear again and again (and again). The book has the aroma of a student's late term paper, written by someone who counted the words at the end of each paragraph to see if s/he had written enough.
For those genuinely interested in the Wisconsin showdown, read More Than They Bargained For.
that has brought America to a position that takes a stand against manipulation
of our right in the political arena. The parallels to similar events in our
history are powerfully and clearly recounted.
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