Rules for radicals: a practical primer for realistic radicals

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Vintage Books, Oct 23, 1989 - Political Science - 196 pages
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The father of modern community organization, Saul Alinsky taught a generation of activists and politicians how to effectively construct social change. In Rules for Radicals, Alinsky writes with passion and intelligence, carefully outlining “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Indispensable since its first publication in 1971, this book continues to inform and inspire all those who believe that political engagement is the key to maintaining America's democratic tradition.

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Sal Alinsky hit a homerun with easy to read handbook. - Goodreads
Advice for evil work. - Goodreads
Amazing if you can forgive his prose. - Goodreads
This book was unsettling, but educational. - Goodreads
Alinsky is a good writer and capable intellectual. - Goodreads
ALSO: I really like Alinsky's writing style. - Goodreads

Review: Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

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Frightening insight to the mindset of building a base to wage a political war. Read full review

Review: Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

User Review  - Jim Drewes - Goodreads

Interesting anectodes, but proselytizes too much about moral relativism. Read full review


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About the author (1989)

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 Al 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.