A Study in Urban Revolution

By Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

Haymarket Books (November 2012, north American English rights)

Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9781608462216 • 5 5/8 x 8 1/2 • US $18 • 250 p.


Detroit: I Do Mind Dying tracks the extraordinary development of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, as they became two of the landmark political organizations of the 1960s and 1970s. Georgakas and Surkin’s account of the movement is widely heralded as one the most important books on the black liberation movement and labor struggles in US history.


“First-rate and absolutely fascinating. This particular piece of American history has never been covered in such depth … everyone who is concerned with political change will learn a lot from this book.”

New York Times

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying is a beautiful, riveting account of one of the most important radical movements of our century – a movement led by black revolutionaries whose vision of emancipation for all is sorely needed today.”

Robin D. G. Kelley

“[T]he insights offered by the League … remain as urgent and relevant today as they were in the 1970s.”

H-Net Book Review

“A historical narrative of the single most significant political experience of the 1960’s.”

Fredrick Jameson


Dan Georgakas (1938-2021) was a writer, historian, and activist with a long-time interest in social movements. He co-edited Solidarity Forever: An Oral History of the IWW, Encyclopedia of the American Left, and The Immigrant Left in the United States, and was a longtime editor of Cineaste magazine.

Marvin Surkin is a specialist in comparative urban politics and social change. He conducts workshops on work place and community organizing, urban political economy, and urban renewal in the United States.


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