Rules for Revolutionaries

  • by Becky Bond, Zack Exley
  • Narrated by Tia Rider Sorensen
  • 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lessons from the groundbreaking grassroots campaign that helped launch a new political revolution.
Rules for Revolutionaries is a bold challenge to the political establishment and the "rules" that govern campaign strategy.
It tells the story of a breakthrough experiment conducted on the fringes of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign: A technology-driven team empowered volunteers to build and manage the infrastructure to make 75 million calls, launch eight million text messages, and hold more than 100,000 public meetings - in an effort to put Bernie Sanders's insurgent campaign over the top.
Bond and Exley, digital iconoclasts who have been reshaping the way politics is practiced in America for two decades, have identified 22 rules of "Big Organizing" that can be used to drive social change movements of any kind. And they tell the inside story of one of the most amazing grassroots political campaigns ever run.
Fast-paced, provocative, and profound, Rules for Revolutionaries stands as a liberating challenge to the low expectations and small thinking that dominates too many advocacy, non-profit, and campaigning organizations - and points the way forward to a future where political revolution is truly possible.

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What the Critics Say

Narrator Tia Rider Sorensen enlivens the words of authors Bond and Exley, senior advisors to Bernie Sanders's tech-driven presidential campaign. This spirited rendering gives a feel for the 75 million calls, eight million text messages, and 100,000 public meetings that took place during the campaign. In alternating chapters, Sorensen portrays Bond and Exley as they earnestly share suggestions, highlights, and mistakes for the purpose of influencing future campaigns of all sorts. Thinking big and encouraging volunteers are emphasized in Sorensen's uplifting style. Personal anecdotes add levity and human interest. Listeners will be amused by the chapter titled "The Tyranny of the Annoying," which advises leaders to immediately react to people--no matter how well intentioned--whose negative attitudes can help sink a campaign. It's inspiring and enlightening to hear insider views of one of our nation's most unprecedented presidential campaigns.² --AudioFile Magazine

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Massively important for future elections

Would you listen to Rules for Revolutionaries again? Why?

Yes. It will be integral to remind myself of all the different ways anybody can assist a social movement. It was also full of hope so could be useful when feeling the dreaded burnout.


Who was your favorite character and why?

There were no characters.


What does Tia Rider Sorensen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Given that it is a personal story of her experiences I feel the connection more when not reading it in my own voice. And I can only do New York taxi driver when it comes to American accents.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Next time we'll be ready.


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- Gregory Monk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2017
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing