on February 22, 1998
Without question, the best of the recent spate of Abbie Hoffman bios. Lucid, well-researched, with more than 200 oral histories. What prevents it from receiving a "10" rating is that Raskin devotes only one short chapter to Hoffman's life in the late seventies and eighties. Despite the lack of attention paid to Hoffman's later life, the material leading up to the last chapter flows nicely, and tells the story of a complex, energetic, and ultimately great American.
on January 4, 2015
Well written book, thoroughly enjoyable, a quick read.
My main complaint is that he really blew through the later days of Abbie's life in quite a hurry. He even said that another whole volume would be needed to chronicle Hoffman's life after going underground for his cocaine bust and then after turning himself in, roughly from '74 until '89. So I guess because another whole volume could be written, Raskin just decided to summarize it in the briefest of detail. I was really interested in knowing more about his adventures with Amy Carter at the University of Massachusetts. That's kind of why I bought the book, in fact. There's precious little about it.
But not bad.
on March 1, 2000
I wonder if Raskin would ever be so hypercritical of just about every statement she has ever made, the way she is of Abbie. The book was interesting at first, but I feel she went way overboard in disecting everything Abbie said and how "factual" it really was. After a while it seemed like one big critique of everything Abbie said. Like she set out to prove he lied about everything. "Well, he said this and I went back and interviewed five different people who said it actually happened like this." To me a biography should be about how someone lived, not a dissection of everything they said. She really turned a fascinating story about a very creative and excitng person into almost a police report - "just the facts, mam."
This book really bugged me!
on February 6, 2000
Abbie survived under fake ID, after a drug bust,but succumbed to personality disorder,for which he took medications, He was America's foremost radical->Activist- of 60's, he fought for the enviroment in 70's.....watch for movie of his life.."Steal this Movie"...