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Authentic, Engaging, Informative and Important,
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This review is from: The Occupy Handbook (Kindle Edition)
The Occupy Handbook is a collection of writings authored by major contributors to the lively contemporary debate on the political economy. Its authors come, by invitation, from the world of journalism, academics, and political action. From her introductory essay through the intelligent method of organization of essays, the editor, Janet Byrne, makes clear that the handbook will not be writing down to the reader. The essays, whether written to instruct, or persuade, or, in some instances, exercise self-justification, are for the most part engaging and informative. The authors contributed what they believed was important for readers to know and the editor lets us hear them. They are not homogenized. A lecture on the manner in which our form of legislative government is vulnerable to wealth inequality - delivered in the good humored, concise, and instructive voice of your favorite TED lecturer - shares the podium with an essay on sub-prime financing delivered with the bridled contempt of a prophet whose warning continued to be ignored while the sky falls around him. Their differing voices - and, in particular, their differing attitudes - give a unique ebb and flow to the collection - placing you in the midst of the genuine debate. Along the way, even enlightened readers pick up those little gems of previously unknown information which are the joy of the essay. This is not a straight through read - it is a "read and think." A book to put on your kindle and keep nearby. Read and think. Then do it again. You find yourself in the midst of authentic voices in lively, important, debate, which stays with you. A remarkable accomplishment in the world of talking heads and talking points.