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Editorial Reviews


“A patch-work Paradise Lost.”—Times Literary Supplement

“A treasure chest.”—Alan Massie, Daily Telegraph

“A warrior freethinker, armed with courage and gifted prose to cut down on the hypocrisies of tyrants.”—New York Times Book Review

“Alexander Cockburn is the best radical-left journalist now writing in the U.S. with anything like a broad national and international audience.”—William Keach, Raritan Review

“He is a brilliant writer ... There are dozens of memorable passages far superior to H.L. Mencken in their power and their sense of humor.”—James Drew, Toledo Blade

“His account of conversations and meetings, ‘from the redwood forest to the gulfstream border,’ as we used to say, makes this book a vital narrative and would justify its price on their own ... This book will outlive the weird epoch it captures so tellingly.”—Christopher Hitchens, Financial Times

“In The Golden Age Is In Us Cockburn reveals an intimacy, warmth and tenderness,,, The book is, at the least, literate. It chronicles Cockburn’s view of everyday life. It reveals its doubts, affirmations, tyrannies, joys and sorrows and, more than that, reveals how his thought, in its amazing consistency, feeds into the culture and from it.”—Thom Jurek, Detroit Metro Times

“It's spontaneous, as though he exhaled prose. Perhaps it's simply that Cockburn is, after all, Irish. Anyway, it's a literary gem.”—George Scialabba, Village Voice

“Unusual and stimulating. An original mixture of diary entries over eight years. If it is a slightly surprising literary cocktail to find in the hands of so renowned a transatlantic Marxist, then the answer is that Alexander Cockburn has always been exceptional ... he possesses a genuinely enquiring mind combined with a real love of words.”—Anthony Howard, The Spectator

About the Author

Alexander Cockburn co-edits CounterPunch with Jeffrey St. Clair. Together they have written Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press and A Dime’s Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (April 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860916642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860916642
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,533,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
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The Golden Age Is In Us by Alexander Cockburn, Verso
A nationally syndicated columnist, Cockburn has published a diary that is part commentary on political and social events, part a record of his personal life between August 1987 and November 1994. Many of the entries are snippets from his columns and his reporting and excerpts from interviews (sometimes with him as the subject of an interview, sometimes with him as the interviewer). Besides the writing that has already been published, there's also letters from friends and family with an occasional enemy writing in, plus some miscellaneous stuff such as Cockburn's plea of not guilty for speeding.
As his readers know, Cockburn is a funny, thoughtful, and observant writer. Despite covering many of the same events as mainstream journalists, such as the presidential conventions and the campaign trail, Cockburn's opinions on these and other topics remain outside the mainstream. This is partially because he is an Irish citizen living in the US, but more because of his left wing politics (he's a Marxist). He's no fan of Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Thatcher and Gorbachev and counts himself among the "imaginers of Utopias on hold." As many Americans celebrated the collapse of communism, Cockburn somberly reflects on the end of the Soviet Union, which he writes once acted as "a counterweight to US imperialism and the terminal savageries of the old European colonial powers."
While Cockburn laments the marginal political role leftists had during the late '80's and early 90's, the book shows that his opinions have some impact or are, at least, noticed. One day's column brings in next week's angry response.
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