Occupy Nation by Todd Gitlin
The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street

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“[A] much needed book…a compelling portrait of the Occupy movement…that capture[s] the spirit of the people involved, the crisis that gave Occupy birth, and the possibility of genuine change it represents.”
—Eric Foner, author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

The Occupy Wall Street movement arose out of a widespread desire of ordinary Americans to change a political system in which the moneyed “1%” of the nation controls the workings of the government. In Occupy Nation, social historian Todd Gitlin—a former leader of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who stood at the forefront of the birth of the New Left and the student protests of the 1960s and ’70s—offers a unique overview of one of the most rapidly growing yet misunderstood social revolutions in modern history. Occupy Nation is a concise and incisive look at the Occupy movement at its pivotal moment, as it weighs its unexpected power and grapples with its future mission.

 

About Todd Gitlin

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Todd Gitlin is professor of journalism and sociology and chair the Ph. D. 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. In 1963-64, he was the third president of Students for a Democratic Society.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by It Books. 320 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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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 ...

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Gitlin also discusses OWS’s refusal to get involved in the political system, which it deems contaminated by moneyed interests: “Occupy does not want to be mainstream,” Gitlin writes, It’s “an outsider movement, deeply committed to a radical departure from political norms.” Gitlin describes wides...

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Todd Gitlin’s insightful, eye-opening, and quite sympathetic account of the Occupy movement, “Occupy Nation: The Roots, The Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street” begins with its intellectual roots, then moves to its organizational structure, and finally describes the evolution of its tac...

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