Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street by Todd Gitlin, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street

by Todd Gitlin
     
 

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Occupy Wall Street is the most dynamic phenomenon in progressive politics in more than forty years. Its followers across the country transformed the national debate, galvanizing millions with its clarion call for economic justice: "We are the 99 percent." In Occupy Nation, bestselling social historian Todd Gitlin offers the first narrative survey of

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Occupy Wall Street is the most dynamic phenomenon in progressive politics in more than forty years. Its followers across the country transformed the national debate, galvanizing millions with its clarion call for economic justice: "We are the 99 percent." In Occupy Nation, bestselling social historian Todd Gitlin offers the first narrative survey of the movement—from its historic inspirations, to its inner tensions, to its prospects in the months and years to come. He offers a fascinating account of this remarkable phenomenon while casting an informed look at its continuing evolution—and how it needs to proceed to truly make an impact. Informed by Gitlin's own history in the 60s protest movement—but written with both eyes aimed at the future—Occupy Nation is the key book for anyone looking to understand the revolution playing out before our eyes.

Editorial Reviews

Eric Foner
“In this much needed book, Todd Gitlin, a veteran of the 1960s and an astute commentator on social movements offers a compelling portrait of the Occupy movement that captures the spirit of the people involved, the crisis that gave Occupy birth, and the possibility of genuine change it represents.”
The Rumpus
“Balancing lyrical wit and eloquent analysis, Gitlin captures the compelling story of OWS . . . and provides a gift of clear-headed, balanced thinking about [its] future.”
Kirkus Reviews
Longtime politics and culture writer Gitlin (Journalism and Sociology/Columbia Univ.; Undying, 2011, etc.) looks at the insurgent Occupy protest movement in the United States. The ongoing Occupy movement effectively began on Sept. 17, 2011, when a small group of protesters, calling themselves Occupy Wall Street, set up camp at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. The protesters supported a wide array of left-leaning political causes, mostly addressing economic inequality. They soon received media attention, and their numbers grew quickly, as Occupy protests proliferated in cities around the country and world. As Gitlin points out in this relatively brief "initial report on something very much in progress," the movement has been a huge media success, spreading discussion on economic issues and injecting the term "occupy" and the phrase "the 99 percent" into the national conversation. A veteran of New Left protests in the 1960s and a former president of Students for a Democratic Society, Gitlin effectively places Occupy in context in the history of American progressivism. At times, he seems ambivalent about how the movement is run. Though he approvingly writes about how its lack of leaders and vague goals have helped to make it more appealing and inclusive, he also laments the interminable meetings of fractious and dogmatic Occupiers accomplishing little or nothing concrete. While Gitlin champions Occupy's "incandescent compound of indignation, joy, outrage, hope, ingenuity, and resolve," as well as its nonviolence, he has little insight as to what exactly the movement will accomplish going forward ("Prediction is for fools and the jaded"), an uncertainty apparently shared by many inside the movement. A fine introduction to a nascent movement in progress, characterized as one with great potential but an undetermined future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062200921
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
764,225
Product dimensions:
4.68(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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Eric Foner
“In this much needed book, Todd Gitlin, a veteran of the 1960s and an astute commentator on social movements offers a compelling portrait of the Occupy movement that captures the spirit of the people involved, the crisis that gave Occupy birth, and the possibility of genuine change it represents.”

Meet the Author

Todd Gitlin is professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the PhD program in communications at Columbia University. He lectures widely on matters relating to OWS and is the author of fourteen previous books about politics, culture, movements, and media, including the bestselling The Sixties. He was a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society and its third president

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