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Prairie Fire the Politics of Revolutionary Anti-imperialism Paperback – 1974


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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Communications Co.; Reprint edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000GF2KVQ
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,954,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kungfoochimp on August 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I downloaded a PDF of Prairie Fire (available online). I've read roughly half of the 150 pages. I could not make it through the entire book. If the authors (Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, and Celia Sojourn) weren't bomb throwing/cop killing unrepentant terrorists, you could laugh it off as bored, disillusioned rich white kids in the 70s pretending to be Che to make their lives feel relevant and important. But Ayers, et al, and those who share their views are now in control of this country; thus, it's important, and illuminating, to read the early, non-tempered views of some of the key players in the "Progressive" movement when they felt little need to moderate their message for a mass audience.

Ayers remains unrepentant for his crimes to this day. His connections to Obama are span decades, and are numerous: Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Obama political fundraisers at Ayers' and Dohrn's nearby Chicago home, both were on the board of Woods Fund, they share common friends, and shared an office for three years, and perhaps most interestingly, yet unconfirmed, Ayers claimed he ghost wrote Obama's biography, "Dreams of my Father". The MSM didn't feel these facts were important for the public to be aware of during the last election.

The book is a love letter to collectivism, violent revolution, the psychopath Che (his portrait takes up an entire page near the beginning of the book) and communism in general. It's peppered with quotes from Fidel Castro, and other communists. The book is an America-hating screed that blames the US, correction - white Americans, for the world's ills. Much of the book enumerates these "crimes".
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12 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Aspen Kid on November 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I own a copy of this book and lucky for me I purchased mine years ago for $5.00 at a used book store in Denver, Colorado. This book is now a collectible, as one can see from the price this book commands. First, the other reviewer of this book is obviously pushing a political agenda. This book was written many years before Obama crossed paths with 60's radical Ayers. There is no reason to post a book review and attempt to establish some kind of devious, evil connection between President Obama and a 60's radical, unless one is pushing a fringe political agenda. Obama was 8 years old when Ayers and others founded the Weather Underground and Obama was 13 years old when Prairie Fire was written. All the information the other reviewer offers in an attempt to conjure a nefarious connection between Obama and Ayers was available and throughly discussed during the 2008 presidential campaign. Who can forget the claim during the campaign that "Obama was palling around with terrorists." Of course, when one checks into the matter, one finds Obama was not at all 'pals' with Ayers. Most of the connection was strictly at a professional level, during the 90's; both taught at Chicago universities; both served on civic boards on which many others also served including Republicans; both lived in the same Chicago neighborhood, home of the University of Chicago; both, on two occasions, attended the same political functions; Obama had, at least once, been to Ayers house. According to all the the information available Obama and Ayers were not what would be described as close friends. I personally did research into this issue in 2008 and I found the whole situation was being blown out of context and blown out of proportion by Obama's political opponents.Read more ›
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