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Rules for Radicals

Author: Saul Alinsky

Year Published: 1971

Description: The opening lines of Alinsky’s final and best-known book clearly introduce his aims in this influential treatise: “What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.” The book is a blueprint for achieving change in communities, drawing on Alinsky’s work to improve the lives and living conditions of poor communities, most notably in Chicago. The book had a profound influence on the worker and campus movements of the 1960s as they began to challenge the economic status quo and advance historic poverty, civil rights, and education reforms.

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