99 Nights with the 99 Percent: Dispatches from the First Three Months of the Occupy Revolution

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9780985105907: 99 Nights with the 99 Percent: Dispatches from the First Three Months of the Occupy Revolution

Occupy Wall Street was the biggest news story of 2011. Boston Phoenix staff writer Chris Faraone followed the movement like a storm chaser, standing out among some of the movement's most unique activist and journalistic voices. He is one of the rare few who gained the trust of the Occupiers as he blogged about OWS on a daily basis, from locations all across the country. But he also stepped back to investigate and analyze the protests from a bigger-picture perspective, through in-depth weekly features. This powerful analysis and insight is what fuels 99 Nights with the 99 Percent: Dispatches from the First Three Months of the Occupy Revolution.

"99 Nights" features just-completed, unpublished work as well as many of Faraone's acclaimed Boston Phoenix features and profiles on the Occupy movement, streamlined into an engaging 224-page political travelogue, with exclusive photographs, illustrations and more.

As noted in a December 2011 Columbia Journalism Review profile of Faraone entitled "Movement Man," his approach to covering Occupy was wholly unique. He became "a one-man swarm: embedding full-time at Boston's Dewey Square encampment; visiting other movements around the country; juggling feature stories, blog posts, radio spots, and Twitter fights."

Beginning in September 2011, Faraone - a writer with numerous News and Investigative awards from the Association of Alternative News Media (AAN) and New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) - published a series of intricate Occupy portraits in the Phoenix, as he traveled across the country, touching down from Miami and Chicago to Seattle and Oakland. His work digs deep, explains Occupy operations in a variety of settings, and gets to know the characters that make the movement tick. Along the way, he landed nationwide exclusives, including a major scoop on an underground legion of police who support OWS.

Although Faraone is an unabashed left-winger, he writes with a reporter's objective, unflinching and investigative eye. Over the course of Occupy's first three months, he refused to play favorites, engaging and - at times - aggravating readers of all political stripes. For him it wasn't about taking sides - the fun was in digging up the roots of topics ranging from Paul Fetch, an accused thief who moved between camps; to C.T. Butler of Food Not Bombs, a seasoned activist who, inspired by Occupy, snapped back into revolutionary action. Also included as a 99 Nights bonus chapter: Faraone's award-winning 2008 Phoenix feature on "hactivist" organization Anonymous and its war on Scientology.

As Occupy Wall Street continues to grab front-page headlines throughout 2012, Chris Faraone's 99 Nights with the 99 Percent is required reading for anyone wishing to fully understand this enduring force for social change.

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About the Author:

Chris Faraone was born in 1979 and raised in Queens, NY, the son of a teacher mother and a father who published novelty books about hugs and farts. As an intelligent teen with a penchant for finding trouble, he studied his way out of a life of low-level crime to graduate from Hobart College before post-grad studies at New York's New School and Boston University's College of Communication - he earned a Master's in Journalism in 2004 from the latter. After graduation, Faraone dove into the field of professional writing as a hip-hop music critic, earning rent money and acclaim reporting for The Source, Spin, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig and Boston Magazine. He landed on staff at the Boston Phoenix in 2008.

Since then he has continued his renowned music writing, in the past two years has become known nationally for his unique, unflinching work as a political and investigative journalist. His cover story features - ranging from profiles of drug dealers and entrepreneurs to exposés on abuses in state correctional facilities - appear in the Phoenix on a weekly basis. He has received multiple accolades and awards since 2009 from the Association of Alternative News Media (AAN) and the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) for his investigative and news reporting. He is the founder of Write To Power Books (WriteToPower.net) and resides in Boston's hyper-progressive Jamaica Plain neighborhood, where it's nearly impossible to walk into a bar without running into a gaggle of Occupiers.

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