Gamaliel Foundation
First Year Reading List
For New Organizers
6/17/2002 compilation

Gamaliel Organizers write weekly reports, part of that report includes a paragraph on what they are reading. One of the ways a candidate could confirm interest in a career in organizing to read a few of these books. 

Category*

Author

Title

Comment

From**

         

P/E/S

Alinsky, Saul

Rules for Radicals

Principles of community organizing

 

P/E/S

Alinsky, Saul

Reveille for Radicals

Principles of community organizing

 

P/T

Brueggemann, Walter

The Prophetic Imagination (1978)

 

Jacobsen

OM

Covey, Stephen

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People

Personal and professional development with a spiritual slant from a highly-sought consultant to Fortune 500 corporations

 

OM

Drucker, Peter F.

The Effective Executive

A seminal work on the role of an executive in an dynamic structure – recommended for pastors, leaders, organizers

 

Bio

Horwitt, Sanford D.

Let Them Call Me Rebel (1989)

Biography of Saul Alinsky

 

P/T

Jacobsen, Dennis

Doing Justice

Gamaliel Foundation National Clergy Caucus Director’s work on the theology of community organizing

 

P/T

May, Rollo

Power and Innocence (1972)

A psychotherapist’s interpretation of power, innocence, impotence and violence

 

P/E/S

Orfield, Myron

Metropolitics (1997)

American metropolitan regions: analysis and solutions – a basic primer for metro organizing

 

P/E/S

Pierce, Gregory

Activism that Makes Sense (1984)

Congregations and community organizing from a former organizer

 

P/E/S

Rusk, David

Inside Game, Outside Game

In this book Rusk proclaims that playing the "inside game" (governmental antipoverty programs) is a loosing strategy. Real improvement will come only when the "inside game" is matched with the "outside game" of regional strategies to overcome urban sprawl and concentrated poverty.

 

P/E/S

West, Cornell

Race Matters (1993)

Moves the discussion about race beyond traditional liberal and conservative rhetoric. Written by one of the “stars” in Harvard’s (at least for now) African American think tank.