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Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky- His Life and Legacy

Horwitt, Sanford D.

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ISBN 10: 0394572432 / ISBN 13: 9780394572437
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1989
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595pp. Large octavo [24 cm] Very good. The covers are just a little bit concave, and the edges of the spine and covers are very slightly bumped and rubbed. In a very good dust jacket. Mildly age-toned. Price-clipped. From the dust jacket- "A splendid book, well written, accurate- just the biography that's needed. It gives us Alinsky not only as a person but as the premier organizer: and organizing is alive and well, thanks to Alinsky's work. A fine biography." - Msgr. John Egan, De Paul University, Chicago. Bookseller Inventory # 31570

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Title: Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky- His ...

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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In the course of his flamboyant career as an all-purpose activist, Saul Alinsky went from organizing working-class ethnics in one of Chicago's most blighted neighborhoods to mapping out strategies for the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s. He enlisted allies-from Catholic clergymen to labor unionists and black activists-in battles waged against opponents from slumlords to the Eastman Kodak corporation. The range of Alinsky's activities, the intensity of his beliefs, and his exhilarating mixture of crudeness and calculation almost vibrate off the pages of this passionate and inspiring biography.

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Folk hero to 1960s student activists, community organizer Saul Alinsky (1909-1972) believed that citizenship meant participation and a questioning attitude toward authority. Raised in a Chicago slum by Russian-Jewish parents, he started out as a criminologist working with imprisoned mobsters and teenage gangs. Organizing a neighborhood council in Chicago's stockyard transformed him into a social activist. In this solid biography, Horwitt, a political consultant to advocacy groups, limns two sides of Alinsky: the self-promoter and fundraiser with elitist connections, and the populist who was adept at rallying apathetic, demoralized people against racism, slum landlords, poverty and unresponsive institutions. Alinsky's personal tragedies--his first wife drowned, his second wife had multiple sclerosis--seemed to drive him harder in crusading for social justice. His sharp criticism of what he saw as shortcomings in the civil rights movement and the federal war on poverty make this book timely. Photos.
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