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Revolution for the Hell of It: The Book That Earned Abbie Hoffman a Five-Year Prison Term at the Chicago Conspiracy Trial Paperback – April 27, 2005

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Thunder's Mouth Press Ed edition (April 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560256907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560256908
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This isn't just a book that wakes you up. It grabs you by
the shoulders, throws you against the wall, and hurls a
bucket of water over your head while shouting "Look! Look!
Look around you and see all the amazing things that you can
do with your life!" Aside from being an engaging account of
the events leading up to and including the protests around
the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968,
"Revolution" is a shot in the arm and the head for anyone
needing hints on how to jump-start their brain as well as
the country. Some of the free tips are obviously out of date
and no longer do-able, but Abbie Hoffman's humor and
in-your-face criticism are both sadly missed and badly
needed in these days of seemingly neverending corruption
and governmental malignancy. Hoffman's sort of thinking will
never go out of style, and "Revolution" is the perfect way
to begin one's path down the road to the 60's under- and
over-ground, which he tours with a flair and wit one could
only hope all others acquire in the process.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Schwartz on August 24, 2005
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A great book! A revolutionary book. Yes, a sign of it's times and yet very relevant to this time in respects to action and freedom, long lost ideals in today's Right wing conservative society, at least by the majority. Although it was only a segment then too, it was a greater segment amidst a large sea of liberal tolerance and open dialogue. Obviously there was much Right conservativism then too, and staunch power control conservativism within the Democratic liberal front as seen by the whole Chicago convention affair, Mayor Daley, the brutality of the cops and so forth. Even on St. Marks Place in NYC, Hoffman speaks of the heavy police presence and harassments. So much of what is written at that time applies to today and it's overkill and abuses of privacy and freedom, all excused under the new "war on terror" banner flying through out and it's blinded patriots and nationalists.

It's the vision of liberty and the idea of the abolishment of property and ownership and yet this is not a book on communist maxims and tight political formulas, not at all. It is a book about the freedom of individual expression, autonomy, and most of all creativity in action. The heroes and influences are Che Chevarra, Castro and Cuba, Camus, McLuhan. The times have changed, things have regressed back to the masses glued to their ego roles as sole personal identification, taking too seriously, resulting in additional laws, loss or private rights, and most of all wars.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Owens on February 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was the first writings of Hoffman I had ever read. It rewrites history and covers things I had never been expossed to. It is a dark book with energy and spunk. It reflects the things we are going through now with the same type of goverment tricks. We must take back of country from the frat boys who are running it into the ground.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2014
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Abbie is my hero and his recipe for civil disobedience is as relevant today as it was in the 60s.
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Format: Paperback
One of my favorite books of all time. I first heard of Abbie in 1968 when I was home with the Asian Flu and had Chicago radio station WBBM on all day. They kept repeating the same stories every hour or two. One of them was about Abbie and Jerry Rubin and their efforts to get a permit to demonstrate against the Vietnam War at the upcoming Chicago National Democratic Convention. The humor of calling themselves "Yippies" instead of "hippies" got my attention. (Paul Krassner's idea.) I didn't read this book til I was in college, but it had a profound effect on me, radicalized me further than I already was radicalized by reading Jefferson and Thomas Paine at the age of 15. Hilarious scenes throughout. I had only read some outtakes from the Chicago 7 trial transcripts before that, which were amazing enough in themselves. Abbie's "Revolution for the Hell Of It" stands as one of the all-time most important books in my life for the spirit of fun it imbues political activism with, and the sheer idealism and optimism it conveys. This was the book that helped inspire me to write my own first book, "Buy This Book," which I named after Abbie's "Steal This Book" just for the humor of it more than a homage. BTB was really an homage to RFTHOI. http://www.amazon.com/Buy-This-Book-Pete-Wagner/dp/0937706000/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425405836&sr=8-1&keywords=buy+this+book+by+pete+wagner I became friends with Abbie later and felt very gratified that he liked BTB a great deal. It felt like I was able to give him something back for what he had given me and millions of other folks. Abbie was a true genius and this book is brilliant.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 28, 2013
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My aging yippee friend has never purchased anything on the web because he's certain the CIA, FBI, and NSA are watching. Thanks to Mr Snowden's recent revelations I have to admit there may have been some basis for his concern after all. Isn't this the same Abbie Hoffman who once wrote something called Steal This Book? Revolution For The Hell of It is a time capsule of the 1960's idealism, the struggle for social justice, class equality, peace, understanding, and the whole scene. Until all those ideals are reached there will always be a place for this book.
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