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 “Defeat at Waterloo: Fighting on the Front Lines” by Amanda V. Wilkerson shares a compelling portrait of a modern political organization in action


Kissimmee, FL (BlackNews.com) — Defeat at Waterloo: Fighting on the Front Lines (ISBN 1468141163) by community activist, political organizer and FAMU Alumni Amanda V. Wilkerson shares a firsthand account of Hillary Clinton’s historic 2008 presidential run as seen through the prism of her defeat at the Iowa Caucuses.

As a young, African American female political activist, Wilkerson represents a key group of organizers and influencers that shaped the 2008 presidential cycle. Seeking to speak to others like her who spent time campaigning or are considering future political engagement, she offers a candid and moving account of the tense weeks leading up the Iowa Caucuses, a turning point that foreshadowed Barack Obama’s eventual nomination. Passionate, humorous and well informed, the book reveals the highs and lows on the front lines of political activism.

“I wanted to offer insight on the inner workings of Hillary’s run for president from the perspective of a young African American activist,” says Wilkerson, “It’s for countless counterparts who, like me, tossed caution into the wind to run buck wild after their dreams, even the unpredictable political ones that despite the outcome of their work they keep faith in the process and the politics.”

An electoral event where voters meet in precinct caucuses in all of Iowa’s 1,784 precincts and elect delegates to the corresponding county conventions, the Iowa Caucuses represents the first major hurdle of a presidential nomination and hold significant national consequences. Clinton’s defeat in Iowa raised strategic and circumstantial obstacles to her run that eventually led to Obama’s nomination.

Defeat at Waterloo: Fighting on the Front Lines is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

About the Author:

Amanda V. Wilkerson is an educator, community activist and political organizer dedicated to defining and exploring the pathology of African American civic engagement. Her work includes serving as the vice president and secretary of a local chapter of College Democrats, an inaugural board member of Campus Progress, director of Student Lobbying, Iowa field organizer for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Committee, African American outreach organizer for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Committee, advance team member for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Committee, field organizer for Florida for Obama, creator of Potluck and Politics and executive director of Activist in Action. Wilkerson teaches U.S. history at a local middle school in Kissimmee, Fla. This is her first book.

For more details, visit www.amandawilkerson.org.

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