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General Information

Name:  Saul David Alinsky  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1909 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 1972 in Carmel, California

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Illinois Connection

Saul David Alinsky was born, raised and educated in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Saul Alinsky was a community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing, and has been compared to Thomas Paine as being "one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left. His graduate work was at the University of Chicago in criminology. His work in organizing the poor to fight for their rights as citizens has been internationally recognized. In the late 1930's he organized the "Back of the Yards" area in Chicago (the neighborhood made famous in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

John L. Lewis: An Unauthorized Biography
ISBN: 1163189898

Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2010

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Reveille for Radicals
ISBN: 0679721126

Vintage. 1989

Legendary community organizer Saul Alinsky inspired a generation of activists and politicians with Reveille for Radicals, the original handbook for social change. Alinsky writes both practically and philosophically, never wavering from his belief that the American dream can only be achieved by an active democratic citizenship. First published in 1946 and updated in 1969 with a new introduction and afterword, this classic volume is a bold call to action that still resonates today.

Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
ISBN: 0679721134

Vintage. 1989

First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational political discourse and adherence to the American democratic tradition.


Saul is a 2012 Nominee for the Literary Hall of Fame.