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Please Don't Bomb The Suburbs - William Upski Wimsatt

Please Don't Bomb The Suburbs

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Here's what the critics have to say about William Upski Wimsatt's previous work:

"Spiritual heir to Norman Mailer."The Atlantic

"Wimsatt's charisma stems from his courage."Cornel West

"Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons are cult classics deftly reflecting the hip-hop generation's maturation."Miami New Times

"A refreshing voice for Generation X."Library Journal

"Ahead of the curve."Spin

As a potty-mouthed graffiti writer from the South Side of Chicago, William Upski Wimsatt electrified the literary and hip-hop world with two of the most successful underground classic books in a generation,Bomb the Suburbs (1994) and No More Prisons (1999), which, combined, sold more than ninety thousand copies.

In Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs, Wimsatt weaves a first-person tour of America's cultural and political movements from 19852010. It's a story about love, growing up, a generation coming of age, and a vision for the movement young people will create in the new decade. With humor, storytelling, and historical insight, Wimsatt lays out a provocative vision for the next twenty-five years of personal and historical transformation. Never heard of Billy Wimsatt before? Your life just got better.

William Upski Wimsatt is the author of Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons. A maverick graffiti artist, journalist, and political and philanthropic organizer, Wimsatt has appeared in dozens of publications and is a popular speaker at colleges and conferences. He founded the League of Young Voters, worked for Barack Obama in Ohio, and co-organized the first-ever briefing of social justice artists with the White House. He was honored as a "visionary" byUtne Reader and included in The Source's "Power 30" list. He lives in Brooklyn.


"Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs is a book for middle-aging youth activists who are still passionate about fighting for a revolutionary new society, but recognize the importance of a visionary long-term, sustained movement in achieving change. Simply put, Billy Wimsatt has grown up. [...] And he wants us to grow up, too."
--Pete Redington, CounterPunch

"Wimsatt's level of sincerity and enthusiasm is refreshing and bracing, and the book stands as a reminder that anybody who wants to help improve the world can find plenty of ways to get busy, and also have a great time doing it."
--Literary Kicks



"Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs is a book for middle-aging youth activists who are still passionate about fighting for a revolutionary new society, but recognize the importance of a visionary long-term, sustained movement in achieving change. Simply put, Billy Wimsatt has grown up. [...] And he wants us to grow up, too."
--Pete Redington, CounterPunch

"Wimsatt's level of sincerity and enthusiasm is refreshing and bracing, and the book stands as a reminder that anybody who wants to help improve the world can find plenty of ways to get busy, and also have a great time doing it."
--Literary Kicks

Introductionsp. 5
The Hip-hop Generation Comes of Age (1984-1996)p. 33
Building the Movement (1997-September 11, 2001)p. 59
Dawn of a New Progressive Era (2002-2008)p. 78
We Elected Obama. Now What?p. 111
What Does It Mean to Be a Grown-up?p. 146
Management for the Movementp. 158
Future of the Movementp. 183
Afterword: More than a Bookp. 198
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781936070596
ISBN-10: 1936070596
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 14th September 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.1  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.27