cover image Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World

Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World

Women’s March Organizers and Condé Nast. Dey Street, $30 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-284343-2

This photo-filled book of the 2017 Women’s March offers a vivid account of the conception, planning, and staging of the massive demonstration in Washington, D.C. In a patchwork quilt of firsthand accounts, the narrative details the collective grassroots efforts that went into obtaining permits, booking speakers, and arriving at a joint vision for the tone and messaging of the march. In addition to contributions by the event’s organizers, the book features essays by a number of notable figures, including cultural critic Roxane Gay, actor America Ferrera, and Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth. Readers who took part in the march will recognize the burgeoning, organic energy that drew so many people to participate. Aerial photos of seas of pink hats capture the scope of the event, while portraits of proud marchers holding signs that read “hope,” “love,” and “defend dignity” capture its immediacy. The authors deliver a sense that the march came about because of a perfect storm of circumstances, a confluence of energy and collective outrage, yet it’s clear in the sections concerning the event’s impact that it was also the galvanizing start of a movement. In commemorating this momentous day, the book also serves as a blueprint for 21st-century protests. [em](Jan.) [/em]