If We Burn

Coming out on October 3! — and now available for pre-order:

US / Canada edition — Bookshop.org; Amazon; Barnes & Noble
UK / EU edition — Bookshop.uk; Waterstones; Amazon; Hive

Available as hardcover, e-book, or audio


Early praise for If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution

“This is a wondrous work of mystery writing, an effort to solve the riddle: Why has a decade of large-scale rolling revolts produced no revolution, no significant structural reform? I can’t think of any journalist other than Bevins who would dare to ask such a question, or be capable of weaving together seemingly discrete global events into a stunning history of now. Have we planted seeds for a better future, or have the gears of change frozen for good? Bevins lets the people he talked to, those on the street, answer.”Greg Grandin, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The End of the Myth

“In this remarkably assured and sweeping history of the present, Vincent introduces us to the activists, hackers, punks, martyrs, and the millions of ordinary people whose small acts of bravery spurred the mass protests of the last decade. Bevins’s clear-eyed, sympathetic account of the unfulfilled promise of these protests leaves his reader with a bold vision of the future—one in which his book’s lessons are used to transform an uprising into a true revolution.”Merve Emre, critic for the New Yorker

“I was not expecting this, but I think If We Burn is even better than The Jakarta Method.”—Benjamin Fogel, editor at Jacobin

“Bevins’s colorful reportage captures the élan of militants…and he’s also incisive in his critique….The result is an illuminating postmortem on a decade of false dawns.”—Publishers Weekly

“Ambitious, diligently researched, and provocative, If We Burn will transform the way you think. Vincent Bevins’ detailed, comparative reporting offers a riveting look at the contradictions, unexpected consequences, and lessons of mass protests.”Alexa Hagerty, author of Still Life with Bones

“Bevins has spent the last 10 years or so following and interviewing in search of answers. ‘The point was not just to notice that the mass protest decade hasn’t really worked out,’ he muses toward the end of the book. ‘The idea was to understand why.’ Fortunately, he comes away from his globe-trotting search with critical lessons for activists both here and abroad.”—The New Republic

“A must-read for anyone trying to make sense of the profound global transformations since 2008. If We Burn brilliantly interweaves lived experiences and historical context to explain the confusing and effervescent years that changed not only Brazil, but the world as we know it. And the prose is delightful. I started reading and could not stop.”—Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, author of Amanhã Vai Ser Maior and The Rise of the Radical Right in the Global South

“This insightful study should prove valuable to future activists across the globe.”Kirkus

“This book is phenomenal. A thrilling, blow by blow (and often live on-the-ground) analysis of how the various people-led movements and revolutions over the last decade succeeded or failed. Incalculably useful to anyone who’d like to make substantive, enduring changes to their town, country or even the world. I cannot think of a book that so soberly and forensically analysed the very recent past. If We Burn is about as good as journalism gets.”—Rob Delaney, author of A Heart that Works


Tour dates — more locations and info coming soon

Oct 4: New York, Greenlight Bookstore (with Krithika Varagur)
Oct 5: Philadelphia, Making Worlds (with Nazia Kazi)
Oct 7: Baltimore, Red Emma’s (with Dharna Noor)
Oct 8: Washington D.C., Politics and Prose (with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò)
Oct 10: Toronto Public Library [virtual event] with Camila Escalante
Oct 12: Boston College (with Fernando Bizzarro)
Oct 15: Chicago, In These Times (with Asha Ransby-Sporn)
Oct 17: UC Berkeley (with Daniel Aldana Cohen)
Oct 18: Los Angeles, Skylight Books

Oct 26: London, Daunt Books (with Yara Rodrigues Fowler)
Nov 1: Bristol, Bookhaus (with Darran McLaughlin)
Nov 4: London, Radical Bookfair (with Housmans)
Nov 12: Lisbon, Ler Devagar
Nov 16: Regensburg University
Nov 30: Dublin, Connolly Books