Great texts on social movements

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Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail
1.  Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail by Frances Fox Piven
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  "The best.  No BS.  peerless scholarship. An acknowledged classic and deservedly so.  Let's learn what fighting to win is made of!  Read it."
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We Are the Poors: Community Struggles in Post-Apartheid South Africa
2.  We Are the Poors: Community Struggles in Post-Apartheid South Africa by Ashwin Desai
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  "Identity formation, organising and disruption amongst poor South Africans.  Quality engaged scholarship."
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Poll Tax Rebellion
3.  Poll Tax Rebellion by Danny Burns
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  "The social movement that defeated Thatcher.  A libertarian-socialist perspective from inside the movement.  Warning: Trotskyists will not approve."
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The Spirit of '68: Rebellion in Western Europe and North America, 1956-1976
4.  The Spirit of '68: Rebellion in Western Europe and North America, 1956-1976 by Gerd-Rainer Horn
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  ""1968" - so often evoked, so little understood.  Begin here, but you can only begin.  A tantalising scratch at something wonderful and hardly understood."
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Strike! (South End Press Classics)
5.  Strike! (South End Press Classics) by Jeremy Brecher
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  "The labour movement has the most awesome power.  But unions keep selling us out.  That's a bit of a problem.  Get some case studies - and inspiring stories - and begin to understand more here."
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Iran on the Brink: Rising Workers and Threats of War
6.  Iran on the Brink: Rising Workers and Threats of War by Andreas Malm
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  "Iran is clearly a fulcrum of the modern world system.  Its working class is therefore potentially very important.  A provocative introduction to their situation."
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Students Against Sweatshops: The Making of a Movement
7.  Students Against Sweatshops: The Making of a Movement by Liza Featherstone
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  "Students: read this. We need to learn to organise to win. USAS have figured out how to do this. And while we're talking students, why isn't Kirkpatrick Sale's SDS available on here? It's so good!"
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The Vote: How it Was Won, and How it Was Undermined
8.  The Vote: How it Was Won, and How it Was Undermined by Paul Foot
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  "The analysis may often be optimistic & journalistic; but it's an engrossing tour of the struggles for the vote in Britain; Levellers, Chartists, Suffragettes, syndicalists; and their later betrayal"
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Peace Under Fire: Israel, Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement
9.  Peace Under Fire: Israel, Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement by Nicholas Blincoe
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  "Ignore the predictable haters (who almost certainly haven't read it); despatches from the front lines of one of the most striking contemporary social movement organisations."
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We are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-capitalism (Notes from Nowhere Editorial)
10.  We are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-capitalism (Notes from Nowhere Editorial) by Notes from Nowhere
The list author says:
  "How the "anti-capitalist movement" (as if it was ever more than a notion) saw itself, before running out of imaginary steam in 2003.  Nevertheless, some fascinating and inspiring content."
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Earth First! and the Anti-Roads Movement: Radical Environmentalism and Comparative Social Movements
11.  Earth First! and the Anti-Roads Movement: Radical Environmentalism and Comparative Social Movements by Derek Wall
The list author says:
  "EF! & the anti-roads movement in the UK. Some more detail on the organising, timeline and dynamics of particular campaigns would be good. Hence read with issues of Do or Die and the EF! Action Update."
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From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalisation
12.  From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalisation by Benjamin Shepard
The list author says:
  "Mostly an insight into the radical anti-AIDS group ACT-UP, exploring also contemporary and related movements.  Lots of detail, fascinating stories."
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Car Wars: Battles on the Road to Nowhere
13.  Car Wars: Battles on the Road to Nowhere by Christopher Mosey
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  "The text to read alongside Derek Wall's book."
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