First published in 1946 and updated in 1969 with a new Introduction and Afterword, this volume represents the fullest statement of the political...more
First published in 1946 and updated in 1969 with a new Introduction and Afterword, this volume represents the fullest statement of the political philosophy and practical methodology of one of the most important figures in the history of American radicalism. Like Thomas Paine before him, Saul Alinsky, through the concept and practice of community organizing, was able to embody for his era both the urgency of radical political action and the imperative of rational political discourse. His work and writing bequeathed a new method and style of social change to American communities that will remain a permanent part of the American political landscape."Alinsky is that rarity in American life, a superlative organizer, strategist, and tactician who is also a social philosopher."-- Charles E. Silberman"He cannot be bought; he cannot be intimidated; and he breaks all the rules."-- The Economist(London)"I consider him to be one of the few really great men of our century."-- Jacques Maritain less
This late-life view on a life well-lived and the challenges of having an opinion makes its place in my permanent collection by virtue of the perspective it provides on how a person grows and the effect of age on an indominitable spirit.