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Growing Up Underground Paperback – November, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Pr; Revised edition (November 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806511966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806511962
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Withnail on March 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first read this book 8 years ago and not a week goes by when I don't think about it. Sick of the war in Vietnam, Jane Alpert and her boyfriend fall in with a group in the East Village that manufactures bombs which are detonated in the NYC offices of major corporations (luckily, no one was hurt). Albert goes on the lam when the feds close in and spend the next few years; traveling around the country under aliases before finally giving up and serving time in prison. This book is a great no-nonsense look at how the anti-war movement went bad in the late '60s and how certain radicals became so enamoured with themselves that they lost total perspective. Happily, Alpert has no illusions about herself and "the movement," which led some idiots in the radical left to attack her for being so honest and forthright.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carol l cleaveland on October 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
A haunting memoir by a recovering college radical. Alpert went to prison, and disavowed her association with the New Left. She emerged from the underground a nascent feminist.

I found this book in a little bookstore in New York about 20 years ago, and found myself wanting to both discuss the book at length and share it with friends. Alpert's prose is intelligent, and she is fearless in her self-examination. I'm not sure exactly why this book moved me so deeply. I am younger than Alpert and missed being in college during the uprising by a decade. In reading this, it dawned on me that many disillusioned students may have resorted to violence in the right (or more aptly, wrong) circumstances. Thus her book affirmed my conviction that social change must come from non-violence.
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