More Than They Bargained for
Scott Walker, Unions, and the Fight for Wisconsin
Publication Date: March 2013
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Stein and Marley, veteran reporters with enviable access, have penned the definitive journalistic account of the Wisconsin uprising, especially as it played out in the state Legislature. They make it a story about individuals, not titanic forces. "Wisconsin Watch"
Stein and Marley deliver an impressively objective account of the struggle, ably describing the objectives and tactics of each side in a confident and engaging style. "Kirkus Reviews"
Stein and Marley deliver a swashbuckling tale of Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker's election and tumultuous first year in office. . . . Instead of an expected dry read, the authors' lively, economical prose, supplemented by snippets of social media reporting in real time, place readers in the crowded Capitol building stairwells, or in the midst of Wisconsin's largest sustained demonstration since Vietnam protests rocked the University of Wisconsin campus. "Publishers Weekly"
This book is a political thriller, an activists handbook (for the Left on how to organize mass protests, and for the Right on how to effectively fight public employee unions), and a work of investigative journalism all rolled into one. Social scientists, political junkies, and anyone interested in public affairs will devour it. "Library Journal"
Not only have Stein and Marley organized this mass of material into a coherent whole, but they also write well, ensuring that even the drier parts of their narrative are clear as well as fair. Their book provides plenty of ammunition for both sides. But it also offers something far better: the basis for an adult conversation about what actually happened. "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
This timely account covers the ethics investigations, public demonstrations, runaway legislators, recalls, and physical confrontation between two state Supreme Court justices. . . . This book is written in a concise, unbiased manner and includes complete details. In a greater sense, it explores the drastic polarization endemic in American society today. "Choice"
A testament to the information-gathering powers of good beat reporters. In Bob Woodward style, they reconstruct the backroom meetings that ushered Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation through the protester-crammed halls of the Wisconsin State Capitol. "Milwaukee Magazine"
Stein and Marley have managed to produce a very readable, well-researched, and thoroughly interesting narrative without any notable bias a major accomplishment. "Wisconsin People & Ideas Magazine"
"For better and worse, divided Wisconsin has been at the forefront of American politics recently, and to understand what happened and why, Jason Stein and Patrick Marley's deeply reported and illuminating book is an invaluable resource."—David Maraniss, Madison native and author of Barack Obama: The Story
"A timely report on one of the most tumultuous periods in Wisconsin's history. Stein and Marley cover the substance of the story without bias and include details not previously known to the public."—Joe Heim, political analyst, Wisconsin Public Radio
"An important work that offers behind-the-scenes details on the institutional players most involved in the events leading up to and following Governor Scott Walker's introduction of his explosive collective bargaining bill. It will be of great interest to those who have followed the drama closely as well as to lay readers."—Judith Davidoff, news editor, Isthmus