AOC: Fighter, Phenom, Changemaker

AOC: Fighter, Phenom, Changemaker

by Prachi Gupta


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“We are going to rock the world.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Born in the Bronx and raised in the suburbs of Westchester County, New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez witnessed firsthand how a person’s zip code can shape their destiny. That early exposure to income inequality fueled a passion for change that, in turn, led her to take on—and defeat—a ten-term incumbent to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Now a target for the right, she is an inspiration to millions of millennial voters, women of color, and progressives.
A celebratory biography that tells the blow-by-blow account of AOC’s extraordinary rise from bartender to political rock star, AOC is a compelling look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: who she is, what she stands for, and the movement that she’s energized.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523510375
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 350,622
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Prachi Gupta is a journalist in New York. She was a senior reporter at Jezebel and co-host of Jezebel's politics podcast, Big Time Dicks. Prior to that, she covered the 2016 election for, where she interviewed figures like Hillary Clinton, Ivanka Trump, and Michelle Obama, and reported on the refugee crisis in the Middle East. Her work has appeared in IndieWire and, and she has offered commentary on NPR, CNBC, and Channel 4’s documentary on Ivanka Trump.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 A Girl from the Bronx 1

Two Zip Codes 2

Difficult Questions 11

Part 2 Roots of a Movement 19

Paycheck to Paycheck 20

The Rise of Donald Trump 26

A Brand New Congress Awaits 34

Build Our Own House 42

We've Got People 54

Part 3 Making History 63

Kingslayer 64

The AOC Effect 69

Women Win 74

Part 4 Political Rock Star 81

Meet the Squad 82

First, We Protest 85

A White Suit and Gold Hoops 91

Social Media Queen 95

The "S" Word 103

Walking the Walk 107

Republican Obsession 113

Call Me a Radical 120

Moving Left 125

Major Proposals

Abolish ICE 128

Green New Deal 129

Medicare for All 130

Federal Jobs Guarantee 131

Free Public College 132

Source List 133

Credits 134

Acknowledgments 135

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