Reading List for First Year Organizers

CategoryAuthorTitleComment
P/E/SAlinsky, SaulRules for RadicalsPrinciples of community organizing.
P/E/SAlinsky, SaulReveille for RadicalsPrinciples of community organizing.
P/TBrueggemann, WalterThe Prophetic Imagination (1978)A powerful interpretation of the prophetic tradition as bearing witness to suffering and building a social community based on the freedom of God and the Politics of justice and compassion.
OMCovey, StephenThe Seven Habits of Highly Successful PeoplePersonal and professional development with a spiritual slant from a highly-sought consultant to Fortune 500 corporations.
OMDrucker, Peter F.The Effective ExecutiveA seminal work on the role of an executive in an dynamic structure - recommended for pastors, leaders, organizers.
BioHorwitt, Sanford D.Let Them Call Me Rebel (1989)Biography of Saul Alinsky
P/TJacobsen, DennisDoing JusticeGamaliel Foundation National Clergy Caucus Director's work on the theology of community organizing.
P/TMay, RolloPower and InnocenceA psychotherapist's interpretation of power, innocence, incompetence and violence.
P/E/SOrfield, MyronMetropolotics (1997)American metropolitan regions: analysis and solutions - a basic primer for metro organizing.
P/E/SPierce, GregoryActivism that Makes Sense (1984)Congregations and community organizing from a former organizer.
P/E/SRusk, DavidInside Game, Outside GameRusk proclaims that playing the "inside game" (governmental antipoverty programs) is a losing 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/SWest, CornellRace Matters (1983)Moves the discussion about race beyond traditional liberal and conservative rhetoric.
* Category Key
BioBiography
HisHistory
LitLiterature
OMOrganizational Managment
P/E/SPolitics/Economics/Sociology
P/TPhilosophy/Theology

Interested applicants may wish to:

Read the general standards for organizers.

Use the Directory to schedule an informational interview with an organizer or president
near you.

Review the reading list for first-year organizers.

Candidates may be invited to attend Gamaliel's National Leadership Training to learn more.

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