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“Here is a sophisticated tool for shaping strategies that are both uncompromising and welcoming of newcomers.”

David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org & OpEd News

The Books


Beautiful Trouble and Beautiful Rising are books and web toolboxes that put the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers.

Both books are available in print or as an e-book. Beautiful Trouble is also available in a pocket edition. Order through our publisher via the links below.

Bulk sales at a discounted rate are available! Write us at getintouch at beautifultrouble dot org for details.


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Published by OR Books. Order your copy today:









As a special promotion, you can now buy the original resource for troublemakers, Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, together with our newest guide, Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South, for one low price of $38 — a 20% discount! 

The e-book versions can also be purchased together at 20% off — just $16.

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Beautiful Trouble

Beautiful Trouble brings together ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world to distill their best practices into a toolbox for creative action. Among the groups included are Agit-Pop/The Other 98%, The Yes Men/Yes Labs, Code Pink, SmartMeme, The Ruckus Society, Beyond the Choir, The Center for Artistic Activism, Waging Nonviolence, Alliance of Community Trainers and Nonviolence International, Escola de Ativismo, 350.org and The New Organizing Institute.

publication June 2012 • 474 pages • illustrations throughout

paperback ISBN 978-1-935928-57-7 • ebook ISBN 978-1-935928-58-4

Order here: Full book $25, ebook $10, both $28


Beautiful Trouble — The pocket edition

Sophisticated enough for veteran activists, accessible enough for newbies, this compact pocket edition of the bestselling Beautiful Trouble is a book that’s both handy and inexpensive. Showcasing the synergies between artistic imagination and shrewd political strategy, this generously illustrated volume can easily be slipped into your pocket as you head out to the streets. This is for everyone who longs for a more beautiful, more just, more livable world – and wants to know how to get there. Includes a new introduction by the editors.

publication May 2013 • 140 pages • illustrations throughout

paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-15-2 • ebook ISBN 978-1-939293-16-9

Order here: Pocket edition $13, ebook $7, both $18


New! Beautiful Rising

Beautiful Rising showcases some of the most innovative tactics used in struggles against autocracy and austerity across the Global South. Based on face-to-face jam sessions held in Yangon, Amman, Harare, Dhaka, Kampala, and Oaxaca, you can find the collective wisdom of more than a hundred grassroots organizers from five continents collected in one remarkable book. It’s everything you need for a DIY uprising of your own.

publication 2017 • 272 pages • illustrations throughout

paperback ISBN 978-1-68219-112-5 • ebook ISBN 978-1-68219-113-2

Order here: Full book $22, ebook $10, both $25


Look Inside:

Take a quick tour through Beautiful Trouble’s and Beautiful Rising’s table of contents, along with a few sample chapters.