Twelve Steps Toward Political Revelation by Walter Mosley

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In his late teens and early twenties, Walter Mosley was addicted to alcohol and cigarettes. Drawing from this intimate knowledge of addiction and recovery, Mosley explores the deviances of contemporary America and describes a society in thrall to its own consumption. Although Americans live in the richest country on earth, many citizens exist on the brink of poverty, and from that profound economic inequality stems self-destructive behavior.

In Twelve Steps to Political Revelation, Mosley outlines a guide to recovery from oppression. First we must identify the problems that surround us. Next we must actively work together to create a just, more holistic society. And finally, power must be returned to the embrace of the people.

Challenging and original, Recovery confronts both self-understanding and how we define ourselves in relation to others.


About Walter Mosley

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WALTER MOSLEY is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. A New York Times –bestselling author, his work has been translated into more than twenty-one languages. Mosley, the winner of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award, lives in New York City.
Published April 26, 2011 by Nation Books. 112 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Compounding the problem is his apparently unintentionally comical rendering of what he sees as the nefarious villains pulling the strings behind the scenes: the “Joes,” or the class of wealthy elite who control the vast majority of the world’s wealth and resources—not through hard work or brillia...

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Elsewhere, Mosley's "steps toward revolution" might be better defined as banal exercises in self-help (he argues that therapy can be a tool for political change because it is a safe space for "revolutionary exchanges" and attaining objectivity), recapping Marx, or well-intentioned irrelevance (it...

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