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'Not just young activists, but anyone who really cares about social justice should read this book.' Amazon 5-Star Customer Review

'Tim Gee’s Counterpower could not have been published at a more appropriate moment... From the Occupy protests to the Arab Spring, political movements are occurring on a scale and consistency that has not been seen for a generation.' Mark Newton, The Ecologist

'This is without a doubt the best book on activism, and resistance to power, that I have ever read.' Symon Hill, The Friend

'A very important and positive book that deserves to become influential in the months and years ahead.' Ian Sinclair, Peace News

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'Tim has written an interesting and insightful book about how and why some campaigns can be and are successful.' - Bernadette Hyland, MULE.

'Tim Gee demonstrates a truth that I have long believed: real progressive change does not come from above, but from ordinary people struggling for their rights.' - Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner.

'This is a wonderful, inspiring book. Tim Gee breathes new life into the protest movements of past and present so that we can draw strength from our many victories. There is much to learn here, and much to galvanise us in the struggle for social justice.' - John Hilary, Executive Director, War on Want.

'Ultimately, Gee knows that no theory is infallible, just as no victory is certain; and that if we’re ever going to achieve our own revolutions in social, economic and environmental justice, many more successful (and unsuccessful) campaigns will have to be fought, with many lessons learnt along the way. Counterpower is an engaging and at times inspiring read, recommended to those looking at the past and the future of movements for change.' - Steven Heywood, People & Planet.

'The economics and social system that rules this planet cannot be wished away but must be systematically transformed through focused strategic action based on effective resistance. The system of capitalism that rules our lives is destroying the basic life support systems of our planet and transferring wealth from the majority to an ever smaller elite. I recommend _Counterpower_ as a powerful contribution to the debate about how we achieve change.' - Derek Wall, green activist, writer and economist.

'Everyone working for a better world would do well to read this book. Social change from below does not happen by accident. It is always the result of hard and constructive work. _Counterpower_, full of encouraging past examples, is an inspiration for the future.' - Bruce Kent, political activist.

Change can and does happen. But why is it that some campaigns succeed while others fail? Is it luck, or is there a common strategy unifying those that have achieved their aim, and what can we learn from the past? In Counterpower, activist Tim Gee seeks to get to the root of how change happens by taking an in-depth look at the strategies and tactics that have contributed to the success (or otherwise) of some of the most prominent movements for change from India’s Independence Movement to the Arab Spring. He concludes that any campaign is winnable in theory, but only if we are aware of our power.

About the Author: Tim Gee is the author of Counterpower: Making Change Happen, shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Prize for radical non-fiction. He has campaigned with Occupy, Climate Camp, the Traveller Solidarity Network and the National Union of Students amongst others. He works as a grassroots trainer and has an MA in politics from Edinburgh University.

Launch party video

Latest Blog Posts by Tim: Click here


Tim Gee interviewed by Bryan Farrell on

“Social change sometimes happens in unpredictable ways”. Andrew Williams meets political activist Tim Gee for Mancunion.

“Building Counterpower”, Tim Gee on New Left Project.

Tim Gee interview at the Anarchist Bookfair 2011. Video.

To enquire about booking an event, or for press enquiries please contact author Tim Gee

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 216 mm x 138 mm
Page extent: 208
Publication date: 20 October 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-032-7

Date added: March 21, 2011

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  1. #1 Robin Bowles 08 Nov 11

    Tim is also speaking in Huddersfield! Sunday 27 November, Huddersfield Quaker Meeting House, Church St, Paddock HD1 4TR, 12.15pm. Details:

  2. #2 Phoebe 14 Nov 11

    Tim will be launching his book in his hometown of Stockport on Sunday 20th November 4pm at Stockport Quaker Meeting House, corner of Higher Hillgate and Longshut Lane, SK1 3QL
    All welcome
    Organised by Stockport for Peace see

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