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Charlie Angus has served as the NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay since 2004. In 1985 he formed the Juno-nominated alt-country band Grievous Angels. He became involved in politics through his organizing efforts to stop the Adams Mine garbage proposal and numerous plans to import PCBs to Northern Ontario. He is author/co-author of five books on Northern Ontario life and culture including We Lived a Life and Then Some and Mirrors of Stone.

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?This short book gives many gifts: it's the thrilling story of a community fighting off an environmental assault; a series of delightful sketches of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things; a cautionary tale of democratic institutions being corrupted by money and shady politics; and an introduction to Charlie's funny, generous, and tough-minded charm. Most importantly, it is a guide book for anyone who is called upon to stand up for what they believe in.?
- Gord Perks, environmental activist, teacher, writer, and Toronto city councillor

?I have practiced and taught community organizing all my life and I love this book. Angus?a key insider?tells the story with passion and respect. The detailed account and strategic analysis offered in "Unlikely Radicals" makes the book essential reading for anyone facing a similar struggle.?
- Joan Kuyek, author, "Community Organizing: A Holistic Approach"
?A Grisham-like political thriller with the feel-good accents of a Frank Capra movie.?
- "Quill & Quire"

?"Unlikely Radicals" is a fast-paced page-turner as Angus leads us through the epic battle between the rich and mighty and a community united by justice. It is also hysterically funny and educational.?
- Olivia Chow, MP

"Although "Unlikely Radicals" reads like a piece of fiction with its villains and heroes and backroom political machinations, it is not. Rather, it is the story of a small band of courageous people?stewards of their land and water?who stood up to some very powerful forces and won, because their cause was right. Charlie Angus was there on the frontline from the beginning and tells a spellbinding story. I loved this book."
- Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians

?This short book gives many gifts: it's the thrilling story of a community fighting off an environmental assault; a series of delightful sketches of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things; a cautionary tale of democratic institutions being corrupted by money and shady politics; and an introduction to Charlie's funny, generous, and tough-minded charm. Most importantly, it is a guide book for anyone who is called upon to stand up for what they believe in.?
- Gord Perks, environmental activist, teacher, writer, and Toronto city councillor

?I have practiced and taught community organizing all my life and I love this book. Angus?a key insider?tells the story with passion and respect. The detailed account and strategic analysis offered in "Unlikely Radicals" makes the book essential reading for anyone facing a similar struggle.?
- Joan Kuyek, author, "Community Organizing: A Holistic Approach"

?""A Grisham-like political thriller with the feel-good accents of a Frank Capra movie.?""


?""Unlikely Radicals is a fast-paced page-turner as Angus leads us through the epic battle between the rich and mighty and a community united by justice. It is also hysterically funny and educational.?""


"A timely and important book... . . reads like a political thriller."


"?"This short book gives many gifts: it's the thrilling story of a community fighting off an environmental assault; a series of delightful sketches of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things; a cautionary tale of democratic institutions being corrupted by money and shady politics; and an introduction to Charlie's funny, generous, and tough-minded charm. Most importantly, it is a guide book for anyone who is called upon to stand up for what they believe in.?""


"The book provides powerful proof that principled action can be guided by basic rules: 'the democratic rights of citizens must be rooted in access to fair public process backed up by an compromised public service.'"


One of 11 "Books you have to read this season"


"Everyone loves a good David vs. Goliath story and Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War by Charlie Angus is as good as it gets."


"Although Unlikely Radicals reads like a piece of fiction with its villains and heroes and backroom political machinations, it is not. Rather, it is the story of a small band of courageous people--stewards of their land and water? --who stood up to some very powerful forces and won, because their cause was right. Charlie Angus was there on the frontline from the beginning and tells a spellbinding story. I loved this book."


"?"I have practiced and taught community organizing all my life and I love this book. Angus--? a key insider--? tells the story with passion and respect. The detailed account and strategic analysis offered in Unlikely Radicals makes the book essential reading for anyone facing a similar struggle.?""

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