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Provocative, fresh, and profound, The 99%: How the Occupy Wall Street Movement Is Changing America reveals how in a tiny park, a bold idea broke through to broad public consciousness: that regular people can take on the entire economic and political system.
Journalists, eyewitnesses, artists, teachers, union leaders, rappers, progressive icons and ordinary citizens follow the spark of hope as it leaps from city to city, state to state, and across the ocean, igniting a new conversation about our society and the future. They share the sights, the sounds, and the solidarity of the early days, and take you on the drama-charged journey from the concrete of lower Manhattan to the mass marches and the police violence that swept across the globe.
Experts delve into the root causes and long-term trends that have driven the movement, from economic inequality to the corrupt influence of money in politics.
Created in less than a month by the editorial team at AlterNet, featuring dozens of participants, experts, and the inspirational every day people who have made OWS a success, The 99% is the first comprehensive look at the incredible phenomenon that has made the hope of a better life possible for millions.
EDITORS: Don Hazen, Tara Lohan, Lynn Parramore
CO-EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS: Joshua Holland, Tana Ganeva, Sarah Jaffe, Lynn Parramore, Sarah Seltzer, Adele M. Stan, Kristen Gwynne, Lauren Kelley, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Rania Khalek, Nick Turse.
CONTRIBUTORS ALSO INCLUDE: Eve Ensler, Arun Gupta, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Roberto Lovato, Rose Ann DeMoro, Nelini Stamp, Tom Engelhardt, Eliot Spitzer, Robert Johnson, Thomas Ferguson, Nomi Prins, Robert Greenwald, Leo Gerard, Yves Smith, Charles Eisenstein, James K. Galbraith, Pam Martens, Les Leopold, Immortal Technique, Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Melanie Butler, Yotam Marom, J.A. Myerson, Anna Lekas Miller, David Graeber, Richard Kim, Tamara Draut, Alex Pareene, Andrew Leonard, Stephen Lerner, Lisa Kaas Boyle, Jennifer Sacks, Mikki Brunner, Barbara Schneider Reilly, Christina Gonzalez, Derrick Crowe and more.