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We are in an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. From the election of Donald Trump to the upending of the major political parties to the spread of grassroots movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, people across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power.
Are you ready for this age of bottom-up citizen power? Do you understand what power truly is, how it flows, who has it, and how you can claim and exercise it?
Eric Liu, who has spent a career practicing and teaching civic power, lays out the answers in this incisive, inspiring, and provocative book. Using examples from the left and the right, past and present, he reveals the core laws of power. He shows that all of us can generate power-and then, step by step, he shows us how. The strategies of reform and revolution he lays out will help every reader make sense of our world today. If you want to be more than a spectator in this new era, you need to read this book.
|Title||:||You're More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
April 12, 2017
An excellent, readable book about power: how we think of it, what it actually is, and how we can wield it. This book is designed to close the gap between the rhetoric of revolution and the actual changes in values, systems, habits, and skills that are needed. Liu's goal is to help people make bet...
April 07, 2017
I know Eric is describing this book as a guide to citizen power but I think it's better described as a framework for thinking about organizing. If you're one of those people who freaked out after Trump and are looking to get involved but have clue how, this book is a great starter kit. Three thin...
May 26, 2017
This is the book I've been looking for since the November 2016 election. Liu starts with some inspirational stories about activists who successfully organized for a specific cause, then presents some principles about how you can take action too. Some of the language early on in the book feels unp...
August 28, 2017
Not bad in terms of describing how power justifies itself and how one should be skeptical of the powerful. It gives a few types but it was still kind of abstract. I wish it was a longer book it needed a fleshed out treatment. It was a little too bare bones.
June 05, 2017
"Whether you live in a democracy that's become sclerotic and corrupt, like ours, or an authoritarian society that wants to control what you do and learn, it is important to remember that others don't take our power so much as we give it away. We give it away by not organizing or participating, ou...
July 12, 2017
This was a good, easy to read book on power and organizing. It had good, concrete examples of citizens from all walks of life who managed to make a difference, and it included clear ways to change the equation of power in your favor. It's a good resource for people interested in getting involved...
May 31, 2017
Decent book on citizen power and initiative. Like many books in this vein, lot of rules and then after reading, the citizen can emerge and be effective. It is likely not so simple, but the book does give a good structure.
April 11, 2017
Wow! Seriously this should be required reading for every high school and college student.... this is so much more relevant than what I was taught in civics class. It uses current problems in American Society such as more than half of the federal tax breaks flow to the wealthiest 5 per cent or the...
April 14, 2017
Liu provides an examination of power, its nature and how to use it. As he goes through many aspects of power and how it works, many real life examples are provided to illustrate that indeed "You're More Powerful than You Think."
My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
April 15, 2017
An interesting take on framing, creating a narrative, and resource organizing that indirectly draws on the existing scholarship on social movements. The author has a distinct liberal-leaning background but valiantly attempts to incorporate case studies from across the ideological spectrum to show...