How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street
John Nichols’s Uprising traces the roots of this struggle — which has faced legislative disappointments, legal challenges, and dramatic electoral twists and turns — and in the process reveals how Scott Walker rose to national prominence and went on to become a frontrunner in the Republican race for the nomination in 2016. At a time when public services are under assault from corporate privatizers and billionaire political donors, the public repudiation of Walker’s efforts (and the shadowy interests like the Koch Brothers behind them) has translated into a broader challenge to corporate America, Wall Street, the far Right, and its media echo chamber.
An engrossing, informative take on the mass demonstrations that broke out in Wisconsin in early 2011 . [T]his book is well researched and full of keen insights about the state of organized labor and the power of protest . Nichols is a capable and energetic narrator with a reporter's knack for getting to the heart of the matter .Richly detailed and inspiringworth reading for anyone interested in organized labor, civil disobedience or the spirit of Wisconsin.”
"John Nichols recognized right away that the fight in Wisconsin was about a lot more than one state. It was the fight we had all been waiting for, the one where people say 'We have had it!' John didn't just tell us what was happening in Wisconsin. He told us that what was happening in Wisconsin could happen anywhere."
Rev. Jesse Jackson
I have such respect for the way John Nichols gets into a story, with his sense of history, his broad perspective and his passion for telling the stories of real people involved in real struggles. That's what he has brought to the story of the Wisconsin struggle, and of the renewal of labor and social justice movements in America.”