Review: Z Magazine - September 1, 2006
“Any progressive activist will learn from the book, and any media activist will feel proud to be following the lead of the brave and principled “accidental journalists” it chronicles.”
Review: Columbia Journalism Review - July 19, 2006
"The value of his [Ostertag] approach lies in the skill with which he combines the history of the journalism of such movements with the history of the movements themselves."
Review: Publishers Weekly - April 10, 2006
"Ostertag's succinct, well-paced study, growing out of a report commissioned by the Independent Press Association, reveals the 'crucial and neglected' role they and other "social movement" journals have played, and still do, in bringing about social change."
Review by: Eric Alterman, author of What Liberal Media? - January 18, 2006
"People's Movements, People's Press is an extremely useful intervention into the historical debate of the meanings of journalism, democracy, and their various uses and complications. Its measured tone and extensive research are particularly welcome, given the potential volatility of the topic. Highly recommended."
Review by: Robert McChesney, author of The Problem of the Media - January 18, 2006
"Bob Ostertag's People's Movements, People's Press fills a gaping hole both in our understanding of social movements and our understanding of the relationship of journalism to democracy. This is a wonderful book and a delightful read that deserves the attention of all who care about journalism and social justice."
Review by: Eric Foner, author of The Story of American Freedom - January 18, 2006
"From abolitionists and early feminists to today's gay and environmental publications, Bob Ostertag tells the fascinating story of the oppositional press in America. This is a piece of our history that everyone concerned about the past and future of our democracy needs to know."
Review by: Frances Piven, author of The War at Home - January 18, 2006
"A wonderfully illuminating book. Movements are in large part about communication, and the journalistic efforts of the abolitionists, the women who fought for the right to vote, the environmentalists, and the gay liberation and Vietnam antiwar movements bring the hopes and moral outrage that fueled these movements to life."