Great Books for Summer Reading 2016

Every summer we have a tradition of offering readers a healthy selection of great books for your summer reading lists. We invite contributors to choose their favorite social movements/protest-related book of the past couple years, whether scholarly, activist, or fiction, and write a short review. In past years, the selection of books has been diverse, and we hope to offer something of interest to everyone.

Many thanks to our contributors.

Christian Davenport, University of Michigan (essay)
March by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Erin Evans, University of California-Irvine (essay)
Culture and Activism: Animals Rights in France and the United States by Elizabeth Cherry

Dana Moss, University of Pittsburgh (essay)
Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War by Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami

Ana Velitchkova, COES-Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (essay)
Social Movement Dynamics: New Perspectives on Theory and Research from Latin America by Federico M.Rossi and Marisa von Bülow

Fei Yan, Tsinghua University (essay)
Will China Democratize? by Andrew J. Nathan, Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner

Yang Zhang, American University (essay)
The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China by Guobin Yang

Editors in Chief,
Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, Guillermo Trejo

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  1. Grad Student

    What about “This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century” by Mark Engler and Paul Engler (2015)?! Great read for everyone committed to social change and also academic enough to read in classes. I highly recommend this book, since it covers many recent US developments as well.
    see e.g.


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