“Great little book! I’m with you, all the way, and especially now. I don’t think there has ever been a time in American history when we have so needed good trouble.”

Frances Fox Piven, author, Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America

Drawn from Thornton’s Shoeleather History people’s history project of Hartford, Good Trouble is much more than a valuable local history. Coupled with Thornton’s thoughtful introduction, these clearly-written sketches are tales of creativity, courage, and social justice activism by ordinary people who take on politicians, bosses, slumlords, and bigots.—New Hampshire Labor News

This history, in the tradition of Howard Zinn, tells the story of change from the perspective of people in the streets rather than from the gilded walls of corporate, or Washington, offices. Best part…We can beat City Hall!  —Jackie Allen-Doucot, St. Martin De Porres Catholic Worker 

The ‘disruptive’ actions Thornton mentions are not intended to be isolated events or substitutes for other organizing. Rather, they usually represent ‘moments’ playing contributing (sometimes crucial) roles in ongoing struggles.—Nick Braune, South Texas College

Good Trouble author Steve Thornton is a retired union organizer who has spent forty-five years on the front lines of student, labor, community, environmental, and anti-racist struggles. This is his third book, the first with Hard Ball Press. —Labor World (Duluth, MN)

When Thornton says nonviolent direct action is also a great antidote to despair, he’s speaking from his experience as a union organizer, nonviolent action trainer, and as a participant in many of the stories he chronicles in Good Trouble.” —InZane Times

If you live in Hartford and call yourself an activist, then you owe it to yourself to read Steve Thornton’s latest book, Good Trouble: A Shoeleather History of Nonviolent Direct Action. Its digestible nuggets help good troublemakers place themselves within the context of a larger narrative. —Real Hartford

This book comes to us at a time when faith in our democracy is fading. We need to revisit the stories of those who do not give up even when all of the odds are against them. —Rev. Damaris Whittaker, Senior Minister, Ft. Washington Collegiate Church NY



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