In today’s world, there are a thousand ways to resist, and it’s becoming more and more mainstream. No matter your perspective, and no matter what you speak up for—health care, civil rights, gender equality, or local government—there’s one thing we all can agree on: protest can change the world. Here is a list of books set against unrest—varying in place, time, and perspective—that will entertain and enlighten even the most apolitical of readers.
The lives of seven disparate strangers are changed during the dramatic and historic 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Vivid, electric, and brimming with heart, YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST explores the power of empathy and how far we will go for family, justice, and love. —Taylor (Seattle, Washington)
Congressman John Lewis is an American icon. His commitment to justice and nonviolence took him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president. Rooted in his personal story, this vivid firsthand account also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.