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Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State Hardcover – October, 2007

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"Here is a book with a thousand memories for those of us who came of political age while living through urban riots, the Vietnam War, and the Nixon years. Norman Solomon, one of America's most respected progressive voices, gets personal in this account of living through the age of Vietnam, Nixon, tie-dye T shirts, girlfriends, and even the music that will forever waft through the minds of those of us who were there. Those of us who, like journalist Solomon, will never forget it." ***Phil Donahue____________________

"Norman Solomon has consistently done all he can to be a public voice for those who have no voice: those who fight and those who die in war. And he does it with excellent, interesting and intelligent style, something terribly lacking in today's media. Everything he does brings nourishment to America's modern literary wasteland." ***Joe McDonald, Country Joe and the Fish____________________

"A kaleidoscope of personal adventures and political insights sprinkled with cultural icons from Bob Dylan to James Baldwin, Made Love, Got War is an enthralling journey from the Cold War to the war on terror. With great flair, Solomon evolves from a teenage hippie drop-out arrested for spray-painting into a top-notch journalist who travels to war zones with Congressmen and Hollywood stars--without ever giving up his thirst for peace, love and social justice. A fascinating read!" ***Medea Benjamin, co-founder, Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace____________________

"Norman Solomon's latest book combines his customary expert dissection of the role of the media and the military establishment in America with his own personalized account of growing up and growing radicalized. From the launch of Sputnik in 1957 to the debacle in Iraq 50 years later, Norman's eyewitness descriptions of key events are a perfect backdrop to his critique of our country's increasingly militaristic development of the science of death and of the media's failure to question. We should all heed his call to activism, or our children's future could be in doubt." ***Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey____________________

"A great contribution to the people's history of the Iraq War." ***Tom Hayden, author of Ending the War in Iraq____________________

"Anyone who cares about democracy knows no better friend--and those who profit from democracy's abuses know no worse enemy--than Norman Solomon. Made Love, Got War compellingly recounts his fearless resistance to war and its profiteers for the better part of four decades. A must read for those who love democracy and despise war." ***Josh Rushing, former Marine captain and author of Mission Al-Jazeera

About the Author

Norman Solomon is the author of twelve books, including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death and, with Reese Erlich, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You. Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and many other newspapers.A frequent guest on television and radio, he was featured in Bill Moyers’ recent PBS documentary Buying the War and a full-length film adaptation of War Made Easy produced by the Media Education Foundation. Solomon is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He is a recipient of the George Orwell Award, which honors distinguished contributions to honesty and clarity in public language. madelovegotwar.com

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (October 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977825345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977825349
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an autobiographical account of the peace and disarmament movements in the United States over the past half century. Better than his other books, I think, this one achieves the level of artistic composition found in Solomon's brilliant and frequent columns on the media, war, and peace. But the value of "Made Love, Not War" lies in the lessons it provides for current and future activism, the accounts of pitfalls and seductive detours encountered in the past, the insights gained, and the analysis of how one can push on without hope or optimism or the desire for them, all as told by one of the most morally decent people we are privileged to live alongside today.
"I was born in 1931," Daniel Ellsberg writes in the foreword, "and my generation had to reorient itself to the unprecedented threat of planetary nuclear suicide-murder. Norman Solomon was born twenty years later, and his generation has never lived under any other circumstance." Yes, but few in that generation have remained constantly aware of the fact and devoted to changing it. Human beings have always been able to put the fact of their fast approaching personal demise out of their minds, often aided by the pretense of an "afterlife." Solomon's and later generations have usually managed to put the possibility of our collective nuclear end out of our thoughts, often aided by the pretenses of the news and entertainment industry.
Solomon has refused his entire life to forget that we are dangerously close to nuclear oblivion, and wishing others would also stop forgetting, he inevitably became something that most peace activists do not: a media critic.
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Two well-known sayings came to mind as I read this remarkably compelling book: George Santayana's famous statement, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," and the variously-attributed "If you remember the '60's, you weren't really there."

Solomon remembers the `60's, and he was really there. In recounting his odyssey from principled teenager to passionate political and social-justice activist, Solomon takes us back through the decades, starting with his childhood in the Cold War, proceeding through the "make love not war" `70's, then into the anti-nuclear age of the `80's and mid-`90's, finally bringing us to the never-ending wars in the Middle East. The book reads like a journal; it is a series of windows opening onto the important daily events of the past fifty years, and how he responded to those events. As a child of the same era, I was reminded at every page of how those events affected me, and what I was doing at the same time.

Towards the end of the book, Solomon reflects on how much things have not changed over the years he's chronicled. Political and social-justice activism is like washing dishes - you have to keep doing it every day; the dishes don't stay washed. If we don't remember the past, we will be doomed to repeat it. Read the book; remember the past.
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Norman Solomon's Made Love Got War is a fascinating read. Solomon interweaves personal history with major world events. As a member of the anti-war movement in the 1960's Solomon has lead a colorful life and his story is certainly uplifting for those of us trying to make a difference in this world. He discusses the faults of the New Left, the fight against nuclear proliferation, and the "Greased Path to Iraq." At times (especially towards the end of the book) Solomon seems a bit pessimistic as he reflects on how things have never really changed.

Despite that pessimism, this work so is endearing and indeed inspiring because of Solomon's personal take on the events going on around him. While there is the cogent media analysis like in his other works, it is coupled with his own stories of activism. Norman Solomon has consistently been fighting for peace and justice in a world sorely lacking both. This book is a must buy for newcomers to his work and devoted fans as well.
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Often I find it difficult to read books about antiwar activities in the 60s and 70s. Perhaps it is because they are constructed like the tapes of good old boys sitting around a table with a bottle of wine reminiscing about old times.

Made Love, Got War, on the other hand, is the story of the political awakening of one person and his continued engagement in peace and justice activities. However, it is not ego-centered. Instead, packed within are scenarios and stories that contain relevance for today. For example, the white-train action and trial in Washington in the mid-eighties uses specific incidences and real people to describe what he call "agencies of annihilation."

Solomon brings to this story relevancy and relation to similar current peace and justice and antiwar activities. In the last year on trial for civil disobedience at Alliant Tech Systems, I (and my fellow arrestees) experienced exactly the same type of problems with judges who, as Solomon puts it, "proclaim their own versions of reality in the full expectation that we follow lockstep."

The geography is different, the time is different but the system is unfortunately the same. The arrest at Alliant was because of a different type of crime against humanity, but the concept of the judicial system as one of the agencies of annihilation has as much relevance today as it did in 1983 in the white-train trials.

In the last chapters, Solomon brings us into the current time--Iraq--thus showing a continuity of activities. The 60s and 70s are not an isolated incidence, an aberration or tear in the fabric of our history. They are part of a long tradition of similar activities by the people of this country built on the moral values of what we often call today "peace and justice" issues.
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