- Paperback: 216 pages
- Published: 9/14/10
- IBSN: 9781936070596
- e-IBSN: 9781617750113
- Genre: Nonfiction
Best-selling author/activist William Upski Wimsatt is back with a blueprint for contemporary political organizers.
“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
“[A] sober and funny assessment of where activism is and where it needs to go.”
—In These Times
“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.”
Praise for Wimsatt’s previous work:
“Spiritual heir to Norman Mailer.”
“Wimsatt’s charisma stems from his courage.”
“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.”
“Ahead of the curve.”
As a potty-mouth graffiti writer from the Southside 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 sold more than 90,000 copies combined.
In Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs, Wimsatt weaves a first-person tour of America’s cultural and political movements from 1985–2010. 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 (more than 90,000 combined sales). A maverick graffiti artist, journalist, political and philanthropic organizer, Wimsatt has appeared in hundreds 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” by Utne Reader, and included in The Source’s “Power 30” list. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs is his latest book.