Perfect for Quaker Activists: Landmark Book on Nonviolent Resistance!

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century provides key tools for sparking and sustaining nonviolent resistance in troubling times. To buy a signed copy direct from authors for more than 25% off, click here!

Friends Journal writes: “A detailed, nuanced, comprehensive, well-written, and wise strategy book that focuses on the work of some of the most thoughtful organizers and theorists of nonviolent civil resistance… Frankly, this is the best book I have read in decades that explores the strengths and limits of nonviolent rebellion, and how it can be productively integrated with other organizing traditions in effective ways.”

Quaker activist and author George Lakey writes: “I love this book. The Englers have written fresh and exciting addition to the literature of social movements, a page-turner that is both hopeful and practical. A diversity of readers will recognize moments from their own experience in the stories, which powerfully show what is effective and what isn’t in making major change. We all need to read this now.”

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More praise for the book:

Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of, writes: “This is a landmark book… ‘Momentum-based organizing’ puts a name on something that many of us had dimly intuited. It’s a powerful method for making real change fast. And real change fast is in fact what our world requires.”

Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything writes: “Absorbing… Ambitious… Indispensable. A genuine gift to social movements everywhere.”

Erica Chenoweth, co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works, writes: “Mark and Paul Engler have compiled a true masterpiece on the history, logic, ethics, and power of nonviolent action…. Sure to inform and inspire for generations to come.”


Book description:

There is a craft to uprising—and this craft can change the world.

From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media consistently portrays them as being spontaneous and unpredictable. Yet, in this book, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.

With incisive insights from contemporary activists, as well as fresh revelations about the work of groundbreaking figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, and Frances Fox Piven, the Englers show how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics.

Special offer: You can order a signed copy of This Is An Uprising direct from the authors for more than 25% off the cover price! (All proceeds will benefit the Center for the Working Poor.)

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