Subjects Freshman Year Reading African American Studies African Studies American Studies Anthropology Art, Film, Music and Architecture Asian Studies Business and Economics Criminology Education Environmental Studies Foreign Language Instructional Materials Gender Studies History Irish Studies Jewish Studies Latin American & Caribbean Studies Law and Legal Studies Literature and Drama Literature in Spanish Media Issues, Journalism and Communication Middle East Studies Native American Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Reference Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Science and Mathematics Sociology Study Aids


E-Newsletters: Click here to be notified of new titles in your field
Click here to request Desk/Exam copies
Freshman Year Reading
View Our Award Winners
Click here to view our Catalogs
Storming Caesar's Palace

Storming Caesar's Palace

Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!

Order Exam Copy
  • About this Book
E-Mail this Page Print this Page
Add This - Storming Caesar's Palace

Written by Annelise OrleckAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Annelise Orleck

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
  •  
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • On Sale: July 1, 2006
  • Price: $25.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8070-5031-6 (0-8070-5031-8)
Also available as an eBook.
about this book

In Storming Caesars Palace, historian Annelise Orleck tells the compelling story of how a group of welfare mothers built one of this country’s most successful antipoverty programs. Declaring “We can do it and do it better,” these women proved that poor mothers are the real experts on poverty. In 1972 they founded Operation Life, which was responsible for many firsts for the poor in Las Vegas-the first library, medical center, daycare center, job training, and senior citizen housing. By the late 1970s, Operation Life was bringing millions of dollars into the community. These women became influential in Washington, DC-respected and listened to by political heavyweights such as Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ted Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter. Though they lost their funding with the country’s move toward conservatism in the 1980s, their struggles and phenomenal triumphs still stand as a critical lesson about what can be achieved when those on welfare chart their own course.

“An up-close and personal account of nine strong-minded African-American women who became welfare-rights activists in Las Vegas . . . A worthy history of the country’s changing attitudes toward welfare and the various attempts to eradicate poverty.” -Kirkus Reviews

“This amazing story is like a truly great novel, the revelation of a world unknown.” -Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

“A poignant counterpoint to the current culture of cynicism and despair. After reading Storming Caesars Palace, you’ll want to get up and do something to make the world a better place.” -Hagar Scher, Chicago Tribune

“What a lovely book of hope! With grace and with rigor, Annelise Orleck presents the War on Poverty from the field and the vantage point of poor mothers.”- Nell Irvin Painter, author of Sojourner Truth

“This stunning book gives new meaning to the notion of history from the bottom up.” -Alice Kessler-Harris, author of In Pursuit of Equity