on June 23, 2015
Great account of Abbie's life as well as an inside view of what the 60's anti-war movement was like to be a part of from a major organizer's perspective. This book has given me the most comprehensive view of the anti-war movement to date and it seems the most realistic. It also supports the cynicism of being an organizer, which, as a small local political activist, I can appreciate. Most of the "demonstraters" were and still are just tools that are there to be seen, have an experience or to meet someone to hook up with. Sure they may "support" the message of the movement, but the majority only support it with lip service and if an organizer is lucky, they show up to your event. Most "activists" have no clue of all the hard work and preparation as well as money being spent from the pockets of the organizers of small groups. This book really gives one an inside view of how awesome, creative and motivating Abbie (despite his absurd ridiculousness at times) really was, as well as how mentally messed up one can get by media propaganda against them.