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The Thirty Years' Wars: Dispatches and Diversions of a Radical Journalist, 1965-1994 Paperback – November 17, 1996

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  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (November 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859840965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859840962
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,931,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many of today's paradigm political journalists spend much of their time in Washington, D.C., covering fellow members of the power elite, doing as much television and paid speechmaking as they can, all the while trying not to mess up the suit or miss the kids' field hockey game at Sidwell Friends. There once was another paradigm, though, and Andrew Kopkind fit it to a T: go on the road, talk to the powerless, give a damn. Kopkind, who died of cancer in 1994, started at Time magazine in the early '60s, but he couldn't keep his leftism to himself, so he soon moved to the likes of the New Republic, New York Review of Books, and The Nation to cover such Zeitgeist stories as the free speech movement at Berkeley, the civil rights movement in Selma, the black ferment in Newark and Watts, and the war in Vietnam. Many of those fine pieces are collected here. Kopkind's sharp pen and sharp eye (in 1966, right after Ronald Reagan won his first California gubernatorial primary, Kopkind tagged him as a formidable presidential contender, largely because "he affects a manner somewhere between a TV doctor's and a Methodist minister's") stand the test of time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A selection of politically engaged journalism from the late Kopkind, who at the time of his death was an editor at the Nation.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
by Bob Smith

The Thirty Years' Wars: Dispatches and Diversions of a Radical Journalist 1965-1994, by Andrew Kopkind. Verso. 514pp.

For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports, by Christopher Hitchens. Verso, 1994. 339 pp.

The Golden Age is in Us: Journeys and Encounters 1987-1994, by Alexander Cockburn. Verso. 426 pp.

I won a few bucks betting on the O.J. Simpson verdict and immediately spent some of the take renewing my subscription to the American liberal weekly magazine, The Nation. It seemed fitting for it was in the pages of The Nation that I first read these three journalists, and it was through their writings and two other regular contributors (Patricia Williams and Adolf Reed) that I gained an insight into the gruesome state of race relations in the United States.

The way I had it figured, it was like Orwell said of Salvador Dali: "One ought to be able to hold in one's head simultaneously the two facts that Dali is a good draughtsman and a disgusting human being." The jury was able to hold in their heads the two facts that O.J. was guilty, and the racism of Mark Furhman and people like him had been tolerated in their police force and their society for hundreds of years. They merely decided what was the greater crime.

They also probably wanted to go home to their segregated neighbourhoods and not be picketed, harassed, assaulted, or killed.

It is not just for gambling tips and insight into American society, however, that I regularly read The Nation. Hitchens and Cockburn are columnists for the magazine and reading them weekly is a pleasure, a purgative ritual that is a welcome relief from the shrivelled prose and obfuscation found almost anywhere else, including the other pages of The Nation.
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Fascinating book,from a remarkable writer. His point of view is predictable leftist but his choice of topics is pretty unpredictable.
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