The Battle in Seattle: The Story Behind and Beyond the WTO Demonstrations


The story behind and beyond the WTO demonstrations.
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The story behind and beyond the WTO demonstrations.
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Library Journal
Professional journalist and amateur activist Thomas gives a breathless eyewitness account of the 1999 anti-World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Like the demonstrators themselves, this book combines postmodern media savvy and a seemingly na ve belief in the power of individuals to combat economic globalization. Thomas writes in impassioned prose about the Battle in Seattle the clash between those protesting the economic and social costs of unrestrained global trade and the Seattle police. While not objective, Thomas's account provides an alternative to the mainstream media view of the protestors as mindless anarchists and economic malcontents. Recommended for public libraries with current events collections and academic historical collections. Duncan Stewart, State Historical Society of Iowa Lib., Iowa City Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
An in-depth look at the anti-globalization rallies in Seattle in November, 1999, examining philosophical, ethical, and economic causes. Thomas, a Washington State author, reproduces correspondence between the organizations involved in protesting against globalization and the World Trade Organization and includes contact information for said organizations. Written for a popular audience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555911089
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/13/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Thomas was born in Wales and lived in Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, before moving to Seattle when she was sixteen. She has lived within ferry range of Seattle for more than 30 years. The former editor of Spa magazine, Janet has written a book on hostel travel, now lives on San Juan Island in Washington.
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Table of Contents

Timetable 7
Introduction 9
1 Turtle Island: in Which Ben White Takes a Bath and the Turtles Take the Day 17
2 The Winding Path: in Which Religion and Politics Have Everything to Do with One Another 31
3 War and Peace: in Which Father and Daughter Present "Incredible Feats of Stupidity" 36
4 The ABCs of the WTO: in Which We Make Alphabet Soup and Even Try to Eat It 48
5 On Getting Personal and Going Public: in Which a Personal Watercraft by Any Other Name Is Not Allowed 57
6 Shrink to Fit: in Which the WTO Takes to the Couch, the Therapist Answers the Questions, and the Daughter Wins the Contest 64
7 Sitting It Out: in Which the Students Lead the Way and the Police Use the Spray 75
8 Do Look Back: in Which History Can Be Found 90
9 A Circle of Jubilee: in Which We All Get Wet and Cancel the Debt 96
10 The Thin Place: in Which the Questions Are the Answer 108
11 Mr. President, There's a Fly in My Alphabet Soup: in Which Citizen Soriano Speaks Up and Acts Out 111
12 It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: in Which Grass Roots Are Always Greener 121
13 No Island Is an Island: in Which the Streets Are Filled with Yearning 133
14 Love's Labor Found: in Which the Oiler Is a Union Girl 137
15 Women Turn Out: in Which Nipples Are a Trade Barrier 148
16 The Post-WTO Cafe: in Which There's No Leader, No Budget, and No Donuts 157
17 The Universe in a Grain of Rice: in Which Farming Is Not Forever 168
18 The Nature of Life: in Which Wealth Has Nothing to Do with Money 178
19 From Books to Booked: in Which All Things Are Arresting 186
20 In Treaties We Trust: in Which It's Not a White World After All 198
21 Getting It Together: in Which We All Get What We Want and Need What We Get 203
Afterword 214
Resources 218
Some Suggested Reading 228
Acknowledgments 231
Index 234
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