Journalist, activist, podcaster, and social media influencer King, declared by Time magazine to be one of the 25 most important people in the world online, presents a mix of memoir and motivational treatise ... King goes into instructive detail when recounting his use of social media to support families seeking justice after police killings, and how he used Twitter and Facebook to raise money for kids’ organizations ... Like many online activists, King has been the subject of public scrutiny and criticism, but he also has some powerful supporters, including Bernie Sanders, who contributed the book’s foreword, and a large, appreciative following.
A blend of memoir and manifesto by Black Lives Matter leader King ... a book that shares the spirit of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. The institutions that ostensibly protect all citizens are crumbling, gradually overcome by a creeping fascism that has risen slowly and stealthily over decades ... King advises instead getting out and becoming involved in grassroots movements ... A vigorous complement to other primers in political activism and social justice.
King, a journalist and Black Lives Matter activist, debuts with an impassioned guide to becoming an 'effective change agent' in a time of 'deep systematic widespread suffering and oppression.' Drawing on the work of 19th-century German historian Leopold von Ranke, King contends that human history 'alternate[s] back and forth between improvement and regression,' and describes the current political moment ... In the book’s most effective sections, King offers directives ... Readers familiar with King from his prolific social media presence will appreciate the book’s autobiographical details, while those new to his work may wish for a tighter focus on the nuts and bolts of organizing for change. Nevertheless, this fervent exhortation succeeds in making the case that the time for progressives to act is now.