Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals (Paperback)

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    Saul Alinsky was born in Chicago in 1909 and educated first in the streets of that city and then in its university. Graduate work at the University of Chicago in criminology introduced him to the Capone gang, and later to Joliet State Prison, where he studied prison life.

    He founded what is known today as the Alinsky ideology and Alinsky concepts of mass organization for power. His work in organizing the poor to fight for their rights as citizens has been internationally recognized. In the late 1930s he organized the Back of the Yards area in Chicago (the neighborhood made famous in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle). Subsequently, through the Industrial Areas Foundation which he began in 1940, Mr. Alinsky and his staff helped to organize communities not only in Chicago but throughout the country. He later turned his attentions to the middle class, creating a training institute for organizers. He died in 1972.

    First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational political discourse and adherence to the American democratic tradition.

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    ISBN 9780679721130
    Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
    Format Paperback
    Pages 196
    Publisher Date 1989-10-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Vintage Books
    Copyright Year 1971
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
    Edition Detail Reissue
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Alinsky, Saul David
    Dimensions 1X6X8

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      With the Liberal-Progressives swarming over Washington an the White House, and with our next election looming, it is always a wise idea to know your enemy. I count this as a "must read" in our modern day political climate as so many of Obama's and Hillary's followers were indoctrinated on books and ideas like this.

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