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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
by Cory Booker (2016)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election
What Happened ,
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Becoming ,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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Rules for Radicals
A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
by Saul Alinsky



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Click here for 4 full quotes from Saul Alinsky in the book Rules for Radicals, by Saul Alinsky.
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OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:

Alinsky's book is "Machiavelli for the people." Instead of being a guidebook for The Prince in power, as with Machiavelli. Alinsky's book is a guidebook for the powerless. Whereas for a prince, Machiavelli advocated that he should deceive the people he rules—say, as regards his religious piety--Alinsky advocates that the people under rule actively deceive the government and its enforcers, the police.

Specifically, Alinsky's book provides methods where the disenfranchised can use the loopholes and inconsistencies in the dominant power structure against, say, the police, and ultimately on a grander scale, resulting in actual outrage among the majority of the populace that will generate true change. True change for Alinsky means a redistribution of wealth.

Though Alinsky is a "power relativist" ethically (those in power decide matters of justice and economics) and a socialist politically, he does not claim that the ends justify the means. What he does argue for is that the powerless radicals should avoid getting arrested and use every legal means to engage protest situations or happenings. The hope is that these legal acts of rebellion will gain widespread media attention which will reveal the injustice of the operations of those in power.

Ultimately, Alinsky's book provides concrete methods to follow for legal rebellion and thus is not mere rhetoric.

-- William P. Cooke, for OnTheIssues.org, May 17, 2016

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Government Reform
    Any legal means of protest/rebellion is justified.
Principles & Values
    Calls for utilitarian˙/ situational ethics.
Welfare & Poverty
    Wealth should be distributed more evenly.
    Either share part of our material wealth, or lose all of it.


The above quotations are from Rules for Radicals
A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
by Saul Alinsky.

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