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Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street

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The protest movement that captivated the nation and paved the path for Occupy Wall Street. More than 100,000 public employees, teachers, students, and their allies descended on the capital in Madison, Wisconsin after Governor Scott Walker announced his plan to eliminate the right of public sector employees to unionize. The struggle (and the Democratic caucus’ escape to Indiana in order to prevent a quorum from being reached) elicited extensive national media coverage and debate—as well as enormous grassroots ...
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Overview


The protest movement that captivated the nation and paved the path for Occupy Wall Street. More than 100,000 public employees, teachers, students, and their allies descended on the capital in Madison, Wisconsin after Governor Scott Walker announced his plan to eliminate the right of public sector employees to unionize. The struggle (and the Democratic caucus’ escape to Indiana in order to prevent a quorum from being reached) elicited extensive national media coverage and debate—as well as enormous grassroots support for protestors. Uprising provides an anatomy of the event and its implications for the political future of the nation. As state legislatures across the US (in Ohio and New Hampshire, to name a few) take up union busting measures, Nichols shows how the Wisconsin case is a blueprint for progressives around America who’ve had enough. He also explores how Wisconsin protesters organized and inspired the Occupy Wall Street movement.
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KIRKUS

“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 inspiring—worth reading for anyone interested in organized labor, civil disobedience or the spirit of Wisconsin.”

Michael Moore

"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.”

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers
“We will look back at 2011 as the moment we started the march to a more perfect union—a resurgence of the labor and social justice movements fighting for economic dignity and fairness for all. No one recounts this with as much insight and passion as John Nichols.”

Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)

“One of the most inspiring aspects of Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, From Madison to Wall Street (Nation Books) is the reporting from Ground Zero of last year’s protests. Author John Nichols…gives a more positive, exuberant and truthful picture of what happened than the view through the slanted lens of the mainstream media….Uprising is a strong antidote to local TV newscasters who painted the protesters as an unruly mob rather than citizens united against policies that might leave us in a poorer country than the one we thought was our birthright.”

Kirkus Reviews
An engrossing, informative take on the mass demonstrations that broke out in Wisconsin in early 2011 in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. As a political writer for the Nation and associate editor of Madison's Capital Times, Nichols (The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism, 2011, etc.) covered the protests in Wisconsin from the beginning. Growing out of that coverage, this book is well researched and full of keen insights about the state of organized labor and the power of protest. Nichols makes no secret of his perspective on the protests: "I am not an unbiased observer, and this is not an unbiased account." He is an unabashedly pro-labor progressive and longtime Wisconsinite with "a relative, living or dead, in every crossroads town from Green Bay to Grant County, from Mineral Point to Madison, from Owen to Oshkosh." Though his sympathies are apparent, his overall tone is more philosophical than polemical; his aim is not to reiterate the demands of the Wisconsin protesters but to explore the implications of their protest. Nichols compares the events in Wisconsin to the 2011 uprising in Egypt and the Occupy Wall Street movement. He also provides important historical context, including discussions of Thomas Paine and James Madison, which sheds new light on the political struggles of today. Despite occasional repetition and high-flown rhetoric, Nichols is a capable and energetic narrator with a reporter's knack for getting to the heart of the matter. Richly detailed and inspiring--worth reading for anyone interested in organized labor, civil disobedience or the spirit of Wisconsin.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568587035
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 960,419
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author


John Nichols is The Nation’s Washington correspondent and the Associate Editor of The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. He has covered seven presidential races and reported from two-dozen countries. The author or coauthor of eight books on media and politics Nichols delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens and addressed the 2009 Global Forum on Freedom of Expression in Oslo. He lives in Madison, WI and Washington DC.
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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    Must Read!!

    In this short, concise book, Nichols has provided a solid primer of the history of the labor movement, especially in Wisconsin, my home state. It is a scholarly work written in plain language and Nichols weaves the amazing history of labor here with the story of the current fight to regain the right to organize. Nichols eminently accomplishes his goal of explaining "What's going on in Wisconsin?"

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Must Read!

    John Nichols is the voice of the progressive movement in this country.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Well written and accurate

    Mr. Nichols was there when events were unfolding in Wisconsin. The fight began in Wisconsin and spread across the country and world. Mr. Nichols ties it all together in an understandable manner. I highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    This is one of the most poorly written books i've ever had the m

    This is one of the most poorly written books i've ever had the misfortune to read
    It is filled with spelling and grammatical errors..it is disjointed going from topic to topic
    Much of it appears to be fantasy and conjecture, the other parts lies and distortions
    Really poorly written
    A waste of time, energy and trees

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    It is history

    So how did that Walker recall work out anyway? Boring biased and dated.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 27, 2012

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