This fall marks the fourth anniversary of the Occupy movement. In his book The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement, Michael Gould-Wartofsky explores the origins of Occupy Wall Street and its evolution to present day. From the challenges faced at Zuccotti Park to its displacement and eventual regrouping, readers are given thought-provoking insight surrounding the paradoxes of direct democracy and emerging opposition to the power of corporate America. In an age of chaotic financial markets and economic inequality, the movement’s relevancy remains a hot topic as we approach the new election year.
Praise for the book:
“An action-packed, highly readable, sophisticated analysis of the multi-layered origins, the complicated inner workings, and the both sad and hopeful outcomes of the Occupy movement. I couldn’t put it down.” – Jane Mansbridge, Harvard University
“Beautifully written, carefully researched, Gould-Wartofsky presents a blow-by-blow insider account of the origins, trajectory, and dispersion of the Occupy movement. In dissecting Occupy’s internal divisions, and the mighty forces arrayed against it, Gould-Wartofsky shows the resilience as well as the destructiveness of capitalism. A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary social movements.” – Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Gould-Wartofsky, Author: Gould-Wartofsky is a PhD Fellow in Sociology at New York University, and holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Nation, Jacobin, and Salon. His research has been featured on the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, NPR, and Vice.
Aaron Carretti, Illustrator: Born in LA, Carretti was educated at the International School of Florance and the California Institute of the Arts. In addition to The Occupiers, Carretti has worked on projecs for Apple, the Beastie Boys, Champion Graphics, Geoff McFetridge, and the Gates Foundation.