Rockin' the Boat : 50 Iconic Revolutionaries - From Joan of Arc to Malcom X
We love to root for the underdog, and that's part of why we're drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail, succeed, or succeed only to become what they once fought against, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin' the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire and the revolutionaries who helped create America.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 152 x 229 x 13.97mm | 358.34g
- 03 Mar 2015
- Orange Avenue Publishing
- Zest Books
- San Francisco, CA, United States
- 50 b-w photos
PRAISE "A gallery of historical troublemakers starting with Hannibal and ending with Martin Luther King, Jr. ...Snarky picture captions ('Emma Goldman is not interested in your nonsense') and sidebar references to pop culture further enlighten the overall tone. ...Salutary portraits in radicalism." -- Kirkus Reviews "A lively narrative, an accessible length, and deadpan humor--particularly in captions (George Washington is 'tight in tights' and Sitting Bull 'sits bullishly')--allow for irreverent, edifying reading." -- Publishers Weekly
From ancient civilizations to the 20th century, 50 movers and shakers get their due in this informative and sometimes tongue-in-cheek guide, which examines Cleopatra, Judah Maccabee, Nat Turner, Michael Collins, and Che Guevara, among others. Fleischer capably places the individuals in their history milieu, zeroing in on the circumstances behind their notoriety, as well as the ways their influence has endured, while sidebars provide additional context and modern parallels (Fleischer compares Roman politicians and brothers Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus to John and Robert Kennedy). A lively narrative, an accessible length (while the profiles are dense, they are kept to roughly four pages each), and deadpan humor--particularly in captions (George Washington is 'tight in tights' and Sitting Bull 'sits bullishly')--allow for irreverent, edifying reading. -Publishers Weekly
About Jeff Fleischer
Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based author, journalist and editor. He is the author of the non-fiction books Rockin' the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X (2015), and The Latest Revolutionaries from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X (2015), and The Latest Craze: A Brief History of Mass Hysterias (2011). His work has appeared in dozens of publications including Mother Jones, The Sydney Morning Herald, Chicago Magazine, The New Republic, Mental_Floss, National Geographic Traveler, and the Chicago Tribune.