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If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the…
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If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution (utgåvan 2023)

av Vincent Bevins (Författare)

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"According to a recent report published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the number of mass protests has increased each year by over ten per cent. But we are not living in a world that is more just and democratic as a result. In If We Burn, acclaimed journalist and author of The Jakarta Method, Vincent Bevins sets out to answer a pivotal question: How did mass protest backfire in the 2010s? From the Arab Spring, to the Gezi Park protests in Turkey, to the "V for Vinegar" explosion in Brazil, to Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution, to the civil war in Syria, and the student uprisings in Hong Kong in 2019, Bevins aims to understand and present the factors that worked against these democratic protests across the world. In doing so, he shows the ways in which the conventional wisdom in 2010 was wrong but more importantly, what protestors at the time wish they had done differently. Through first person testimony coupled with a fresh analysis of the past, Bevins takes us back to the protests that defined a decade, adding needed clarity and understanding to how such fervent displays of political angst and calls for change were eventually lost. If We Burn is a unique and telling exploration of how a time of upheaval and change was met with vastly different outcomes than the idealism that produced it"--… (mer)
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Titel:If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution
Författare:Vincent Bevins (Författare)
Info:PublicAffairs (2023), 352 pages
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Feels more like a report than a book. The stories and interviews that Bevins brings to the table are interesting, but I feel like the thesis of the book is a little undercooked. The idea that the focus on nonhierarchical and “horizontal” organizing has been bad for the protest movements of the last 20 years is an interesting one, but Bevins is content to pack most of his opinions about this into the final chapter of the book. His journalist pedigree maybe made him feel uncomfortable with extemporizing too much and so he focused on sticking to the facts. ( )
  hdeanfreemanjr | May 18, 2024 |
If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution, by Vincent Bevins, is a critical look back culminating in an optimistic but guarded look forward.

Through research, interviews, and his personal experience Bevins looks at the various protests that made the decade one of promise, though often promise unfulfilled. Why did so many (seven of the ten he analyzes here) result in situations worse than before? No one book and no single author can provide a complete answer, so read this book with the understanding it is trying to contribute to more successes in the future and not pretending to be the new gospel for protests moving forward. What Bevins does is highlight some of the factors that led to a poor success rate.

From organization to how the protests are situated are discussed, and mindset, especially for future activists, is emphasized. Taking the wins you might get and building on those is discussed, as well as understanding that even if one believes that success will eventually come you still have to take steps to get there and not think anything short of a complete win is a failure.

You'll see reviews from readers who think they know what is best and what is right, even one from a mediocre writer who borrows other's thoughts to publish a less than mediocre book. Fine, maybe these geniuses know it all, but if so, why haven't they spearheaded a movement utilizing their perfection? Oh yeah, never mind, I understand...

Highly recommended for those who want to better understand what went wrong as well as what lessons can be learned from a very dynamic decade to inform future activism.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  pomo58 | Nov 30, 2023 |
This book by Vincent Bevins is excellent. He started the book with a personal story and gave us a summary of protests around the world. His journalism and writing are both excellent. Throughout the book, he maintains an even tone, which is challenging.

There is some excellent historical material. For instance, anyone interested in Russia and Ukraine will find superb background material in this book. They can then use this base information to deep further into the topic.

His summation at the end is masterly. So, read the book until the end. ( )
  RajivC | Oct 10, 2023 |
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"According to a recent report published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the number of mass protests has increased each year by over ten per cent. But we are not living in a world that is more just and democratic as a result. In If We Burn, acclaimed journalist and author of The Jakarta Method, Vincent Bevins sets out to answer a pivotal question: How did mass protest backfire in the 2010s? From the Arab Spring, to the Gezi Park protests in Turkey, to the "V for Vinegar" explosion in Brazil, to Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution, to the civil war in Syria, and the student uprisings in Hong Kong in 2019, Bevins aims to understand and present the factors that worked against these democratic protests across the world. In doing so, he shows the ways in which the conventional wisdom in 2010 was wrong but more importantly, what protestors at the time wish they had done differently. Through first person testimony coupled with a fresh analysis of the past, Bevins takes us back to the protests that defined a decade, adding needed clarity and understanding to how such fervent displays of political angst and calls for change were eventually lost. If We Burn is a unique and telling exploration of how a time of upheaval and change was met with vastly different outcomes than the idealism that produced it"--

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