Declarations of democracy’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Democracy has been in bloom since the 2008 economic crisis, flowering in the Great Ape-Snake War, in the South’s Moral Mondays, in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Fight for 15, in the streets and halls of government in Chicago and Detroit, Seattle and St. Louis. While commercial media can’t seem to turn away from the Trump circus or Hillary’s emails, Sarah Jaffe follows America’s new radicals. And in doing so, tells a far more consequential story—one that reveals our recent past and an alternative future. The most compelling social and political portrait of our age, Necessary Trouble should be mandatory for anyone who thinks justice is necessary.